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Amber Rudd made a dramatic return to Theresa May's Cabinet as the Prime Minister sought to bolster her position following the backlash to her Brexit deal.Meanwhile, Leave-supporting Stephen Barclay has been promoted to Brexit Secretary from a ministerial role in the Department for Health.In a further reduction to the Brexit…
Universal Credit waiting times have "plunged people into misery and despair", according to a United Nations envoy.Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said on Friday the introduction of Universal Credit has caused extreme hardship but could easily be reversed by the Government.He claimed…
Peers have blocked the immediate suspension of a senior member of the House of Lords after an inquiry found he had groped a woman and promised her a peerage for sex.The House of Lords backed a call to send the case of Lord Lester of Herne Hill (pictured) back to…
David Mundell has insisted he will not quit as Scottish Secretary over the Brexit deal, despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying he could not stay on in the post with a "shred of credibility".The First Minister accused the Tory Cabinet Secretary of lacking the "backbone" to quit, as she accused…
The Northern Ireland Secretary has urged Conservative party colleagues to back the Prime Minister, insisting "there is no better person" for the job.Karen Bradley, a long-time ally of Theresa May, offered a stout defence of the under-pressure Tory leader after briefing business leaders in Belfast on the details of the…
Theresa May struck a defiant tone after being hit by a wave of ministerial resignations and calls for her to be ousted as Prime Minister in a backlash over her Brexit plan.The Prime Minister defended the blueprint thrashed out with negotiators in Brussels as she faced major challenges to her…
Nicola Sturgeon condemned Theresa May for "sidelining" Scotland in her proposed Brexit deal, as she claimed the "shambles" it has created could force the Prime Minister out of Number 10.With senior Tories including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and work and pensions secretary Esther McVey having quit the UK Government over…
All bodies involved in the integration of health and social care services need to work together better if it is to make a “meaningful difference” to people in Scotland, according to a report.A new publication from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found there is still a long way to go…
A licensing scheme should be launched for hand car washes to stop workers being exploited, MPs are urging.Thousands of cheap hand car washes have sprung up in the past 15 years on car parks and disused forecourts, but they often do not pay the minimum wage or holiday pay, the…
Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is facing a potential funding gap of more than £500 million, the Local Government Association estimates.The services in England face a projected shortfall of £536 million - more than double the gap they faced the previous year, according to interim…
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced multimillion-pound projects aimed at helping poorer families nurture their child's early development at home.Backed by almost £18 million, they will include funding for extra training for health visitors who work with families to identify speech, language and communication needs in young children.The money will…
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been urged to take action to halt the “spiralling epidemic” of suicides in Scotland’s prisons.The plea came after Mr Yousaf held talks with the parents of a young woman who took her own life while serving a sentence in Polmont Young Offenders Institution.Four months after…
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