Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyrightHouse of Commons A senior Labour MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP should not have used Parliamentary resources for the review. The £2.97 repayment was the cost of House of Commons stationery, she said. Read more about the inquiry into Dame Margaret Hodge The code of conduct states…

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Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum calls

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum calls

Image copyrightGetty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be no second referendum and Labour spokesman Paul Blomfield said he understood the “frustration” behind the petitions but ruled one out. The SNP’s Peter Grant said he would not rule out another Brexit referendum at this stage…

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Jeremy Corbyn's behind-the-scenes team of advisers

Jeremy Corbyn's behind-the-scenes team of advisers

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David Davis retracts suggestion UK could back out of Brexit deal on Irish border – Politics live

David Davis retracts suggestion UK could back out of Brexit deal on Irish border – Politics live

As with a modernist poem, or holy scripture, the meaning of the UK-EU Brexit deal agreed at the end of last week is not universally agreed. In fact, it is subject to wildly differing, or even contradictory, interpretations. As far as the Irish government was concerned, and in the eyes of some commentators, it was legally robust, and it meant the UK was turning away from hard Brexit. But No 10 aides were reportedly claiming that some bits of it were “meaningless” in legal terms, and David Davis, the Brexit…

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Brexit: Theresa May claims new sense of optimism in talks

Brexit: Theresa May claims new sense of optimism in talks

Image copyrightPA Image caption Theresa May attends a Church service in her Maidenhead constituencyTheresa May will tell MPs there is a new “sense of optimism” in the Brexit talks after her last-minute deal aimed at moving them to the next phase. She will say she expects EU leaders to agree to start talks about future trade and security at a summit on Thursday. The PM will insist she did not cave in to Brussels over the so-called divorce bill and “alignment” with EU laws. And that she had stuck to…

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