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PMQs summary (Wed 20th Mar, 2019)

Today's PMQs saw a battle of words over Theresa May's attempt to extend the deadline for Article 50.

"Swift action" taken against Islamophobia in Conservative party says chair

The Conservative party chairman told campaigners today that there was no place for Islamophobia in the party.

May's deal only option "on the table" says Brexit secretary

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay continued to back the prime minister's deal last night despite John Bercow ruling out a third vote.

Employment at highest level since records began

Britain’s employment rate has reached its highest level since records began, according to new figures published today. The number of people in work rose by 473,000 in the last year, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 per cent in November-January, the lowest rate since 1975.

First ever National Adviser for LGBT Health announced by government

Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women and Equalities, has announced the appointment of the first ever National Advisor for LGBT Health in the NHS. This role will be filled by Dr Michael Brady, the Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV consultant at Kings College Hospital.

Labour set to back confirmatory public vote on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he will likely whip MPs to support an amendment for a "confirmatory" referendum on May's Brexit deal. The Kyle-Wilson amendment, drafted by Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, calls for the withdrawal agreement to be "approved by the people of the United Kingdom in a confirmation ballot."

Businesses respond to tax havens investigation

In light of The Times investigation into tax havens, The Parliamentary Review spoke to a series of businesses involved in the finance sector.

"Pupil poverty rising because of cuts" claims headteacher survey

Pupil poverty is rising amid “intense pressure on school budgets”, according to survey of headteachers published on Friday.

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