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Cabinet in crunch Brexit meeting

Crucial talks between Theresa May and the Cabinet concerning the recently agreed terms for the Withdrawal Bill are still ongoing. The meeting began at 2pm, with a statement from Theresa May originally scheduled for 5pm, but this is looking increasingly unlikely. This meeting is essential for May if her agreement is to move forward.

PMQs summary (Wed 14th Nov)

After a brief recess, Prime Minister’s Questions this week centred around the proposed withdrawal agreement that was discussed with cabinet ministers and other senior figures last night, Tuesday 13th November.

Ministers summoned individually to meet prime minister tonight

An announcement late on Tuesday afternoon has confirmed that a “technical deal” regarding Brexit between British and European negotiators in Brussels. This follows a period of intense negotiations between both sides.

ONS: Wages rising at fastest rate for ten years

The Office for National Statistics today announced that wages have risen at the fastest rate during the last three years for almost ten years. In their monthly economic commentary they declared that wages have risen by 3.2 per cent in the three months leading up to September, when compared with the same time period in 2017.

Health Secretary "attracted" to tax on over-40s to fund social care

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that he is “attracted” to the concept of a new levy targeting over-40s as a means to solve the current shortage in funding for social care. The proposed tax would see a premium deducted from the earnings of those over the age of 40. This money would then be used to fund social care.

Ministers and officials rush for Brexit deal

As the deadline approaches for a post-Brexit deal with the EU, ministers and officials are being urged to draft proposals that the EU is likely to assent to.

Armistice Day 2018

As we approach 11 o’clock on 11 November, so do we approach a remarkable and sombre moment of reflection and prayer. It will, of course, mark that moment when one hundred years ago, the Armistice came into force between the Allied powers and the German Empire, and the guns across the Western Front fell silent for the final time in the Great War.

Jo Johnson resigns, calls for second referendum

Transport minister Jo Johnson has quit over Brexit, calling for a second referendum and the public to have a fresh decision on Brexit. The brother of Boris, Johnson is MP for Oprington and Minister of State for the Department of Transport.

Home Office say employers won't need to conduct post-Brexit checks on workers

The Home Office has today clarified that employers will not be expected to conduct checks on workers in order to determine whether they are legally in the UK. In a statement to campaign group The Three Million, the Home Office confirmed that "Employers will not be expected to differentiate between resident EU citizens and those arriving after exit."

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Headteachers tell Hammond government are still not listening

Headteachers from across the UK gathered in Parliament Square this afternoon to protest government funding for education. The march then moved onto Downing Street in order to provide Chancellor Philip Hammond with a petition.

A week in review (9th October - 11th October)

A rundown of the week's parliamentary business, 9th October - 11th October

A shift in constituency boundaries

At the heart of British parliamentary democracy is the issue of constituency boundaries. How they ar...