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Alan Johnson criticises use of Parliamentary privilege to ‘undermine law’

[ad_1] Ex Home Secretary Alan Johnson says he feels uncomfortable about unelected Lords using their Parliamentary privilege to "undermine the law", after Lord Hain names Sir Philip Green.He told This Week judges must have had a "very good reason" to put an injunction in place. [ad_2] Source link
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MP ‘signed a non-disclosure agreement’

[ad_1] Image caption Hannah Bardell was appearing on Question Time An SNP MP has said she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) after being bullied in a previous job. Hannah Bardell told the BBC's Question Time programme that it had happened "not that long" before she was elected to the House of Commons in 2015. Mr Bardell said NDA's had originally been used to stop people who changed jobs
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NI Brexit trade and customs warning

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Northern Ireland is unprepared to leave the EU in areas where policy is "reserved", experts say Northern Ireland is not well prepared for a no-deal Brexit in areas such as trade and customs, auditors have said. Planning is also "severely constrained" by the uncertainty surrounding the border, migration and the repatriation of powers from Brussels, said the Northern Ireland Audit Office.Planning responsibilities fall
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DWP’s ‘fortress mentality’ fails benefit claimants, say MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A "fortress mentality" at the Department for Work and Pensions is failing claimants and putting Universal Credit itself at risk, say MPs.The benefit's introduction causes "unacceptable hardship" but the DWP "refuses to measure what it does not want to see," a committee of MPs said. They found delays in payments were causing increased debt and rent arrears and forced people to use food banks.The DWP
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Sir Philip Green named over harassment claims

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir Philip Green at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in May 2014 Retail billionaire Sir Philip Green has been named in Parliament as the leading businessman accused by a newspaper of sexual and racial harassment.Peter Hain, who identified him in the Lords, said it was his duty to name him, given the "serious and repeated" nature of the allegations.The Telegraph accused but
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Vince Cable urges Barnier to prepare for new referendum

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has been told to begin "serious contingency planning" for another EU referendum.Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said MPs backing a referendum on the final deal negotiated were becoming "the biggest and most cohesive bloc in Westminster".Sir Vince, the SNP's Ian Blackford, Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts and Green MEP Molly Scott Cato met Michel Barnier in Brussels.The PM has ruled
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Home secretary apologises for immigrant DNA tests

[ad_1] Image copyright House of Commons Home Secretary Sajid Javid has apologised to people who were wrongly forced to take DNA tests to prove they were entitled to settle in the UK.A Home Office review found there were at least 449 cases where letters had been sent with the demand.Mr Javid told the House of Commons that some relatives of Gurkhas and Afghan nationals employed by the UK government were
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School notice boards are hidden fire hazard – Labour MP

[ad_1] School notice boards are a hidden fire hazard because they are often made of flammable material, an MP has warned."Notice boards can be set on fire very quickly, and they will burn," Labour's David Drew told MPs.He claimed some boards are made of materials that are also sold as firelighters.He called on the government to investigate the safety standards of boards being sold to schools, nursing homes and other
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House of Lords ‘is shrinking’, say peers

[ad_1] Image copyright House of Lords Image caption The House of Lords plays an important role in scrutinising and revising government legislation The House of Lords is shrinking and faster than expected, according to the committee looking at ways to reduce its size.The Lords is the world's second largest legislative body after China's People's Congress - currently with 792 peers.A report last year suggested it should be reduced and capped
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Brexit: ‘Fairer share’ of UK fish promised

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionReality Check: Fishing after Brexit - sink or swim? The UK will get a "fairer share" of fishing stocks after Brexit, ministers have promised.The government is publishing its Fisheries Bill which will determine how its stocks are managed after the UK leaves the EU.At the moment, quotas are assigned to each EU member state, with limits on species. The UK says