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Scott Morrison sheds tears as he gives last prime minister’s speech at his church

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Scott Morrison has choked back tears as he addressed his church hours after conceding election defeat in what he said would be “the last thing I say as PM”. The outgoing prime minister said he had experienced “a very ...

Ministers accused of cutting corners on childcare staffing ratios

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Ministers have been accused of cutting corners and endangering children after the government confirmed it would consult on cutting childcare staffing ratios so that one adult can look after five two-year-olds. The edu...

MPs attack ministers’ ‘nonsensical’ refusal to make firms reveal race pay gap

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A group of MPs has accused the government of lacking the “will or care” to create a fairer and more equal society, after it rejected calls to force companies to reveal the pay gap between white employees and others. O...

UK ministers ‘picking number out of air’ for civil service job cuts, says union

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UK ministers are “picking a number out of the air” when setting civil service staffing targets amid reports the government wants to reduce its headcount by about 90,000, the head of a union has said. The prime ministe...

Ministers accused of abandoning UK geologist at risk of execution in Iraq

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The family of a British man who has been detained in Iraq for more than six weeks and faces execution for collecting fragments of pottery at an ancient site has accused British ministers of abandoning him, and express...

Spanish prime minister’s phone ‘targeted with Pegasus spyware’

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The Spanish government has said the mobile phones of the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the defence minister, Margarita Robles, were both infected last year with the Pegasus spyware that its manufacturers claim is...

Swimming pools in UK will close without energy bailout, ministers told

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Heating bill increases of up to 150% will lead to the widespread closures of UK swimming pools without an emergency government bailout, ministers have been told. Campaigners say that even if financial help is provided...

Ministers ordered to find new ‘non-fiscal’ ways to combat cost of living

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Cabinet ministers have been ordered to come up with new “non-fiscal” ways to combat the cost of living, in a tacit acknowledgment that the government’s spring statement failed to match the enormity of the crisis. Bori...

Three cabinet ministers reportedly facing allegations of sexual misconduct

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Three cabinet ministers are among more than 50 MPs reportedly facing allegations of sexual misconduct after being referred to a parliamentary watchdog. A total of 56 MPs – including two shadow cabinet ministers – have...

Peruvian prime minister’s praise of Hitler sparks wave of protest

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The Israeli embassy in Lima has led a wave of protest after Peru’s prime minister Aníbal Torres praised Adolf Hitler, on the grounds that the fascist dictator turned Germany into the “first economic power in the world...

Ministers launch fracking study, paving way to end moratorium in England

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Ministers have paved the way for a reconsideration of the moratorium on fracking in England by commissioning a new study to examine safety concerns about the controversial practice. In an effort to decrease Britain’s ...

Partygate: ministers refuse to disclose pictures taken by No 10 photographers

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Ministers are refusing to disclose any pictures taken by official No 10 photographers of illegal gatherings held inside Downing Street, prompting Labour to call on Boris Johnson to “come clean and release these photos...

High energy-using industries fear lack of support from UK ministers

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Britain’s strategic heavy industries have warned they risk being left high and dry by a lack of support in the government’s upcoming energy strategy, warning that failure to follow European countries’ measures to redu...

Man charged over Belfast bomb hoax which disrupted Irish minister’s speech

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A man has been charged with a number of offences relating to a security alert in Belfast that led to Ireland’s foreign minister being evacuated from a peace event. Simon Coveney was taken out of an event organised by ...

Ministers accused of using public funds for ‘Tory propaganda’ ads

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Ministers have been accused of using more than £100,000 of public money to flood local newspapers and Facebook with “Tory propaganda”, with just weeks to go before the local elections. Facebook adverts paid for by the...

Ministers to make school week a minimum of 32.5 hours in England

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Schools in England will have to offer a minimum school week of 32.5 hours as part of a package of reforms aimed at raising standards, which Labour and unions have condemned as insufficient to support schools that have...

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