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PMQs Summary (17 Jul, 2019)

The opening of today’s Prime Ministers Questions was dominated by the issue of antisemitism in the Labour party.

Government should reduce immigrant salary threshold, say business leaders

Leaders of a group of business and education bodies have called on the Conservative leadership candidates to reduce the salary threshold for foreign workers in the UK.

Pound hits two-year low against US dollar

The pound fell to its lowest rate against the dollar since March 2017 early on Tuesday after both prime ministerial candidates refused to take a no-deal Brexit off the table at Monday’s Conservative leadership debate.

Ursula von der Leyen elected EU Commission president

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is the newly-elected president of the EU Commission following a vote by MEPs.

Gove backs major recycling scheme and issues climate change warning

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged his support to a major plastic bottle recycling scheme during a speech at London’s Kew Gardens.

UK wage growth up to 3.6 per cent in "tight" labour market

The Office for National Statistics has revealed the highest rate of wage growth in the UK for 11 years, with a 3.6 per cent rise in the year up to May 2019.

Slowest growth of Chinese economy since 1990s

Figures have shown that the Chinese economy growth in the latest quarter were the slowest since the 1990s.

Two million workers could receive statutory sick pay for first time

Government changes could see two million low-income workers become eligible for statutory sick pay.

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