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Boris Johnson calls for bridge across the Channel, saying it's 'ridiculous' the countries are 'linked by a single railway'

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of Britain and France building a bridge over the Channel as Emmanuel Macron said the two countries should “make a new tapestry together”.<p>The Foreign Secretary, who met his French counterpart at an Anglo-French summit today, said it was “ridiculous” that two of …

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BBC Question Time: 'I Am Not A Liar' Says Tory Minister Margot James As Party Accused Of Running Down NHS

MP dismisses audience member claims of under-funding service to privatise it.<p>A Conservative minister has made a fierce defence of her Government’s …

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Macron tells May City will get less access to Europe than now if UK leaves single market - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference with Emmanuel Macron

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Emmanuel Macron’s Bayeux tapestry loan is one in the eye for Brexiters

France’s gesture, which will allow most Britons to see the work for the first time, is every bit as political as it is generous<p>Although the word occasionally pops up in Tintin adventures, normally in the mouth of Captain Haddock, there are obvious reasons why a columnist shouldn’t utter the antique …

Opinion (UK)

BREAKING: The public back remaining in Single Market and Customs Union

Voters reject Theresa May's harsh Brexit - suggesting Labour's Parliamentary rebels have public backing.<p><b>A majority of the public now believe the UK</b> …

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Momentum surges past 35,000 members with ‘more than 1,000 members joining every month’

Membership of Momentum has surged above 35,000 and is growing by more than 1,000 a month, setting the organisation on course to surpass the activist …

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Boris Johnson resurrects barmy Brexit plan for second channel tunnel after French summit

Boris Johnson has resurrected his barmy plan for a second channel tunnel post Brexit.<p>The Foreign secretary has been plotting for a …

Boris Johnson

MSPs take evidence on mental health petitions - BBC News

Live Reporting<p>SNP MSP Rona Mackay asks about the review of consent announced by Scotland's chief medical officer.<p>Dr John Mitchell says the review is currently underway and a consultation can be expected in March.<p>Ms Mackay wonders about whether young people are capable of giving informed consent.<p>Dr …

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy

New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern has announced she will be “prime minister and mum”, revealing she is pregnant with her first child and learnt the news just days before she became prime minister-elect following her surprising election result last year.<p>Describing her partner Clarke Gayford as the …

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Brexit Vote Was Clear -- Why Ask Facebook To Search For Russian Trolls?

Does anyone have a clue what Facebook is expected to find regarding the Brexit vote and Russian trolls? And what is anyone supposed to make of …

Advertising Industry

Ukip leader who dumped girlfriend after racist text scandal didn’t dump her after all

<b>The Ukip leader who appeared on TV to say he had broken up with his girlfriend over alleged racist texts has apparently not ended things after …

Boris Johnson's Call To Build A Bridge Across The Channel Faces Instant Mockery

Boris Johnson reportedly wants to build a bridge across the Channel between the UK and France in an idea that was mocked almost instantly.<p>Sources …

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'I'm JC': Jeremy Corbyn on ageing, infighting, and his Tory 'friends'

Labour leader responds to claims he is too old and gives his views on Westminster harassment<p>Jeremy Corbyn looks perplexed when asked what he says to those colleagues who fear he could be too old to take Labour into the next election.<p>As he sits down with the Guardian, the party leader says he has …

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Tory chiefs are pushing an email campaign against Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit - here's why it's incredibly misleading

Tory top brass have launched an online 'letter writing campaign' on Jeremy Corbyn 's approach to Brexit - but the text of the letter is incredibly …

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Michael Gove’s vision for a new education system is unravelling in front of our very eyes

The collapse of the construction company Carillion has brought into public gaze the question of how public services should be financed and delivered. …

Education

We asked John McDonnell about THOSE Esther McVey comments - this is what he said

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was in Merseyside today - and responded to being labelled as ‘truly evil’ over comments he used relating to former …

John McDonnell

Daniel Hannan: No matter how much Tusk might wish it, there will be no second referendum, and no cancellation of Brexit

<i>Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster. His most recent book is What Next: How to Get the Best from</i> …

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Nus Ghani is first Muslim woman minister to speak in Commons

<b>Nus Ghani has made history by becoming the first female Muslim minister to speak from the Commons dispatch box.</b><p>Recently appointed as Transport Minister, Ms Ghani was cheered as she addressed questions about station access for disabled people.<p>Ms Ghani, Wealden MP since 2015, is the daughter of …

Chris Grayling

Britain appoints first ever Minister for Loneliness

Ms May made a vow to the children of murdered MP Jo Cox to wipe out loneliness in her memory.<p>At a Downing Street reception to celebrate the Labour …

News (Ireland)

Sturgeon backs justice secretary over chief constable meeting

<b>Nicola Sturgeon has defended her justice secretary over claims that he may have acted unlawfully by blocking the chief constable's return to work.</b><p>Michael Matheson has been criticised for urging police watchdogs to reconsider their decision to allow Phil Gormley to return to his duties.<p>BBC Scotland …

Ruth Davidson

Irvine MSP says Tory tax plans would put NHS Ayrshire and Arran at risk

A new report says that the plans would see cuts of up to £37.1 million for the health board.<p>Tory tax plans would put NHS Ayrshire and Arran at risk, …

Scotland

Toff shoots down ‘nonsense’ claims she’s campaigning for Tory party after Parliament visit

Toff has dismissed rumours she’s campaigning for the Tory party following her recent visit to Parliament.<p>The 23-year-old was spotted in the House Of …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Conservatives’ problem with young members started way before Ben Bradley

The new Tory vice chair for youth made toxic remarks about the unemployed. No wonder the party’s drive to attract young voters has been faltering for years<p>When Ben Bradley was appointed as the Tory vice chair for youth in Theresa May’s reshuffle, he told me that one of the biggest challenges he …

Opinion (UK)

Royal Bank Of Scotland Accused Of 'Largest Theft Anywhere, Ever,' By Labour MP Clive Lewis

CRG arm of the bank 'more like an abattoir,' MPs heard.<p>Royal Bank of Scotland was accused of “the largest theft anywhere, ever” because of its …

Next year's EU election at risk of Russian meddling

"Let's not kid ourselves, Russian meddling in democratic elections is no longer the exception, it is becoming the norm," he added.<p>Kofod spoke at an …

European News

Corbyn on Carillion: we'll end outsourcing 'racket' in rule change

Public sector would become first choice to provide government services, says Labour leader<p>Labour will call a halt to the “outsourcing racket” exposed by Carillion’s collapse by tearing up procurement rules to make the public sector the default choice for providing government services, Jeremy Corbyn …

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Why Jeremy Corbyn is Labour’s Doctor Who

The party leader’s stealthy reshuffle shows that, like the Time Lord, he can regenerate and stay the same.<p>Rather like Doctor Who, Jeremy Corbyn has …

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Lorry driver told to wait 40 WEEKS to see doctor about agonising knee pain

Colin McMillan has already two private operations on his leg but is desperately seeking NHS treatment as he still takes painkillers daily.<p>A lorry …

Nicola Sturgeon

Henry Bolton Could Survive As Ukip Leader Because Party Can't Afford Contest To Replace Him

"There is no money"<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Henry Bolton could survive being ousted as Ukip leader because the party cannot afford to hold a contest to …

Meghan Markle

Westminster repair works in doubt as MPs get vote on £4bn cost

Motion allows for a review to be conducted on whether there is a need for ‘comprehensive works’<p>A £4bn restoration of the crumbling Palace of Westminster could be kicked into the long grass after the government said MPs would get a vote this month on whether the cost of the repairs could be …

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