Conservatives must ‘change hard’ to win over young voters, Damian Green to say – BBC News

Speaking at the Bright Blue liberal conservative think-tank’s conference, Mr Green will discuss a new “city Conservativism” to woo young, metropolitan voters. Devolution of power This will involve highlighting existing Tory policies to build 1.5 million homes by 2022 and the devolution of power to British cities. “I am not standing here and saying all we need to do is keep calm and carry on,” he will say. “We need…

July 1, 2017
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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until…

June 27, 2017
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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had…

June 19, 2017
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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

June 14, 2017
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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly…

June 11, 2017
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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

That first show attracted a big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those…

June 10, 2017
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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Live updates and rolling coverage Who are the DUP? Can a Conservative and DUP pact work? Q&A: What is a hung parliament? How do minority governments work? Philip Hammond will stay as chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as foreign secretary and Amber Rudd…

June 10, 2017
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Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’ – BBC News

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of “politeness and respect” while the process of forming a new UK government was under way. Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats. Can Theresa May stay as PM? May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks What the election result means for…

June 10, 2017
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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

June 4, 2017
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Parties ‘were close to Brexit agreement’, says Foster – BBC News

The Labour leader said “all bombing is wrong”, as he was repeatedly asked to condemn the IRA alone for its role in the Troubles. Mrs Foster denounced those comments as “beyond the political pale”. Snap election The talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing executive were put on hold on 27 April until the general election is over. Secretary of State James Brokenshire extended the talks deadline until 29 June. At…

May 22, 2017
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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…

May 21, 2017
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