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Jacob Rees-Mogg MP says he would vote for Donald Trump
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he would ‘almost certainly’ vote Republican if he were an American.

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 12 months as Labour leader
Some highlights for Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn on the first anniversary of his election.

Courier firm Hermes may face HMRC investigation
Delivery firm Hermes is facing a possible investigation by tax body HMRC after a report alleged some of its drivers receive below the minimum wage.

UK growth forecast cut by BCC after Brexit
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) slashes its growth forecast for the UK in the light of the Brexit vote.

TUC: ‘No place to hide’ warning over exploitation
The TUC is set to warn companies that there will be “no hiding place” if they exploit their workers.

Bosses could face jail for failure to prevent fraud
Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers.

Help reunite refugee families, faith leaders urge May
More than 200 religious leaders urge ministers to relax immigration rules to allow refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.

MPs set to hear grammar school plans
Plans to re-introduce grammar schools in England will be presented to Parliament later.

‘Brexit must not be an excuse’ to cut jobs, warn unions
Firms must not use the UK’s vote for an exit from the European Union as an excuse to cut jobs, unions warn.

EU referendum vote: Boris Johnson supports ‘Brexit means Brexit’ campaign
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson throws his support behind a new cross-party campaign aimed at ensuring the UK leaves the European Union.

‘Child houses’ to be set up for sex abuse victims
The UK’s first ‘child houses’ will be set up to provide support to victims of sexual abuse and help them through the court process, the home secretary says.

TUC calls for curbs to ‘stratospheric’ executive pay
Union body calls for action over the pay of top bosses at FTSE 100 firms, saying executive salary increases far outstrip those of workers.

Suspended Labour donor Michael Foster ‘victim of purge’
A prominent Labour donor says his suspension from the party for likening Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to Nazi stormtroopers amounts to a “purge”.

Owen Smith ‘would consider rejoining EU’ if PM
Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith says he would consider applying to rejoin the EU if he became prime minister when the UK had already left.

Emily Thornberry accuses Sky’s Murnaghan of ‘sexism’
Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Emily Thornberry accuses an interviewer of “sexism” after he asks her to name the French foreign minister.

Work permits among Brexit options, home secretary says
The home secretary says a work permit system is being considered as a way of controlling immigration from the EU.

NHS in England at ‘tipping point’ – hospital bosses
NHS leaders in England say they have reached a “tipping point” and cannot maintain standards for patients on the money they are getting.

PM announces £80m for youth projects in England
Funding of £80m will be given to youth projects in disadvantaged communities in England, Theresa May announces.

Labour suspends donor for ‘Corbyn team Nazi comparison’
Labour suspends a donor over an article he wrote in which Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership contest team were likened to Nazi stormtroopers.

Lib Dems’ Baroness Nicholson rejoins Conservatives
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne returns to the Conservative Party, 21 years after she defected to the Liberal Democrats.

UK business ‘too lazy and fat’, says Trade Secretary Liam Fox
British businesses could help deliver greater prosperity if people stopped preferring to “play golf on a Friday afternoon”, claims International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

UK peers and Christian leaders met Bashar Al-Assad
Baroness Cox explains why British peers and Christian leaders met Bashar Al-Assad.

Marching orders
The UK’s vote to leave the EU could pave the way for the bloc to forge a new European army, writes Jonathan Marcus.

Houses of Parliament should be sold off, Labour MP says
The Palace of Westminster should sold off as a museum and parliament permanently moved to the north of England, Labour MP Graham Stringer says.

Met Police considers claim Keith Vaz broke law
The Met Police is to “assess and identify what criminal offences – if any” have been committed by Keith Vaz following claims over his private life.

School selection plans could undo years of reform – Morgan
Theresa May’s plans for a new wave of selective schools come under fire from a number of critics, including former Tory Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Labour will seek to block grammar plan
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the proposed expansion of academic selection in schools in England is “unfair” and he will seek to block Theresa May’s plans in Parliament.

Brexit: Radical change needed to save UK, Carwyn Jones says
The way power is shared in the UK needs to change radically to ensure the union survives “new tensions” created by Brexit, the first minister will say in a speech in Chicago.

John Lewis boss ‘to run for West Midlands Mayor job’
John Lewis confirms managing director Andy Street plans to run for the office of the Mayor of the West Midlands.

Wetherspoon boss says UK does not need an EU trade deal
The chairman of JD Wetherspoon pub chain, Tim Martin, has said that the UK does not need to negotiate a trade deal with the European Union.

UKIP leadership candidates who want to succeed Farage
The UKIP leadership candidates explain why they should take over from Nigel Farage.

Wetherspoon’s boss attacks ‘lurid’ Brexit claims
JD Wetherspoon’s chairman says claims by leading economists that the UK would see serious economic consequences from a Brexit vote were “lurid” and wrong as he reports record profits.

Senior civil servants warn over Brexit resources funding
A lack of resources in Whitehall threatens the UK’s successful exit from the EU, the head of the senior civil servants’ union warns.

Strictly Come Dancing lesson: Vince Cable and Ed Balls
Vince Cable offers a dancing lesson to Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ed Balls.

MPs and pets: Westminster dog of the year contest:
Some two and four-legged contestants – and the winners – in a dog of the year contest.

Politicians may leave the Houses of Parliament for six years
Politicians may leave the Palace of Westminster for six years for renovations and repairs.

Labour leadership: Corbyn v Smith on making the party electable
Labour leadership hopefuls Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith respond to a Question Time audience member who suggests that their failure to unite the party means Labour are “unelectable”.

Good grammar?
We speak to ex-pupils and parents with strong opinions on the grammar school debate.

Unseasonal gloom
As the Labour leadership contest and the party’s annual conference draw near, BBC political correspondent Iain Watson finds its MPs in gloomy mood.

MP’s tweet over disabled protest in London prompts backlash
An MP’s tweet claiming a disability protest was “disrupting millions of Londoners” causes a backlash online.

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit, says TUC
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady tells John Moylan why next week’s Congress will be focusing on Brexit.

Councils in Wales ‘will not merge for a decade’
A council leader says he does not believe local authorities in Wales will merge for at least 10 years.

Philip Hammond announces Autumn Statement on 23 November
Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement, setting out the government’s tax and spending plans, on Wednesday 23 November.

More than half in Northern Ireland ‘oppose border poll’
More than half of people in Northern Ireland do not want the government to call a border poll, according to a new survey for BBC NI’s The View.

UK to step up Africa peacekeeping, Sir Michael Fallon says
An extra 100 military personnel will be sent to South Sudan as the UK looks to “step up” its United Nations peacekeeping commitments, the defence secretary has said.

Sajid Javid ends North East devolution deal
Plans for North East devolution are “off the table” as communities secretary Sajid Javid scraps deal following a vote by four out of seven councils not to continue.

Brexit talks role for Belgian EU veteran Guy Verhofstadt
A veteran European federalist, former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, will be the European Parliament’s negotiator in Brexit talks with the UK.

Parliament risks ‘catastrophic event’ without £4bn repairs
The Palace of Westminster risks “crisis” and a growing risk of a “catastrophic event” without a £4bn restoration, MPs and peers warn.

Corbyn and Smith clash over Brexit, unity and anti-Semitism in BBC hustings
Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith clash over party unity, Brexit and anti-Semitism in a live Labour leadership hustings on BBC One’s Question Time.

Brexit: Donald Tusk tells Theresa May ‘ball’s in UK’s court’
European Council president Donald Tusk tells Theresa May “the ball is now in your court” as the pair discuss the next steps on Brexit.

Grammar schools: PM seeks to ensure places for poorer pupils
The prime minister will say more selection in schools will have to be accompanied by conditions on numbers of pupils from low-income families.

Abuse inquiry scope will not change, Amber Rudd says
The scope of the independent inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales will not change, the new home secretary has told MPs.

PMQs: May and Robertson on Brexit and single market
The SNP accuses the PM of “waffle”, but is told there will be no “running commentary”.

PMQs: May and Corbyn on housing prices and mortgages
The Labour leader challenges the PM on people being able to afford to buy houses.

Reality Check
Jeremy Corbyn says only one in five homes sold under the right to buy has been replaced, not one for one as was promised.

Press review
The debate in Britain about how and when to leave the European Union continues to interest the press on the continent.

Mark Carney says Bank of England actions staved off UK recession
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney tells MPs he is “serene” about the Bank’s preparations for Brexit and the chances of a UK recession have receded due to its actions.

NHS: Jeremy Hunt to announce new online 111 services
Patients in England will soon be able to enter symptoms online and get tailored advice or a call back from a health professional, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say.

Calais migrants: Work to start on UK-funded wall
Construction of a UK-funded wall near the so-called Jungle migrant camp in Calais will begin “very soon”, a minister says.

Justice Secretary Liz Truss casts doubt on prison reforms
The justice secretary refuses to say whether plans for wide-ranging reform of the prison system in England and Wales proposed by her predecessor will still go ahead.

Jeremy Corbyn targets housing in PMQs clash
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn focuses on housing costs as he took on Theresa May in the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the summer recess.

Microsoft’s UK data centres power up cloud services
Microsoft’s new ability to offer cloud services without sending data out of the UK attracts the Ministry of Defence and the NHS.

Tim Farron presses case for vote on any Brexit deal
The British public should have a chance to vote on government plans for the UK to leave the EU, the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron says.

MPs call for UK to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia
The UK should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia while Saudi actions in neighbouring Yemen are investigated, a draft MPs’ report seen by the BBC says.

Ministers warned not to cut national living wage rises
The Government should ignore calls from employers to limit future increases to the national living wage, a think-tank warns.

UK to explore free trade deal with Australia
The UK is to begin preliminary talks with Australia about the outline of a future free trade deal between the two countries.

EU nationals living in UK ‘cannot be identified’
The government does not have reliable data to identify EU nationals living in the UK and how long they have been in the country, MPs are told.

Jeremy Corbyn backs plans for 1,000 local energy suppliers
A Labour government would challenge the dominance of the “big six” energy firms by championing 1,000 publicly owned local energy providers, Jeremy Corbyn will say.

EU ombudsman questions Barroso’s Brexit role at Goldman Sachs
A top EU official questions the European Commission’s ethics over the new role of ex-Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at Goldman Sachs Bank.

Why Livingstone, Johnson and Ashdown talk of Hitler
Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley and commentator James Delingpole on Nazis and politics.

Ed Balls: Labour must focus more on voters than members
The former Labour shadow chancellor warns against losing touch with voters

Higher fees allowed for current students
The watchdog for university access approves the plans of universities wanting to increase tuition fees in England to £9,250.

‘Grammar plans’ caught by photographer
A document outlining plans for new grammar schools has been accidentally caught by a photographer.

Green Party: Lucas and Bartley take over as co-leaders
Looking back at the Green Party fortunes after it elects two leaders on a joint ticket.

How Keith Vaz rose to prominence
Labour MP Keith Vaz resigns as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee following allegations involving male escorts published in a Sunday newspaper.

‘Phantom’ students skew migration data
The government might be targeting “phantom students” in its efforts to control migration, a study suggests.

Boundary Commission: Belfast could lose a constituency
Belfast could lose one of its four Parliamentary constituencies as part of an extensive redrawing of Northern Ireland’s electoral map.

Reggae band UB40 endorse Jeremy Corbyn
UB40 praise Jeremy Corbyn as an “incorruptible politician” who will put working people first as the band back his campaign to remain as Labour leader.

Ministers back tax disclosure plan amid pressure from MPs
The government agrees to a cross-party call for multinational companies to publish details of where they do their business and the tax they pay.

Keith Vaz future considered by MPs after allegations
Labour MP Keith Vaz is to meet colleagues on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee following claims that he paid for the services of two male sex workers.

First Minister to set out programme for government
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to set out her programme for government for the next five years, with education at its heart.

Labour MPs to vote on shadow cabinet elections plan
Labour MPs are to vote on Tuesday on a proposal to allow them to elect members of the shadow cabinet, reinstating a system scrapped in 2011.

Ed Balls says he misses the sense of ‘purpose’
Ed Balls says he misses the sense of “purpose and mission” of being in government.

Blogger fury over tax credit rejection
A British parenting blogger says she has been denied working tax credits because she is unable to prove her working hours.

Next week’s junior doctors’ strike off
The junior doctors’ strike due to take place in England next week has been called, off but further walkouts are not suspended.

Grammar schools help poor claim is ‘tosh’ , says Ofsted chief Wilshaw
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says the idea that grammar schools benefit poor pupils is “tosh” and “nonsense”.

UK ‘needs more bureaucrats for Brexit’, says ex-diplomat
The UK government will have to hire new civil servants to cope with the “phenomenally large task” of negotiating Brexit, a former top diplomat says.

Government wants Brexit ‘national consensus’
The government will seek a “national consensus” and “take the time to get it right” as it leaves the EU, new Brexit Secretary David Davis tells MPs.

Theresa May: Points system doesn’t give control
The prime minister Theresa May has said a points-based system will not help to control immigration.

UK appoints first ambassador to Iran in five years
The UK appoints an ambassador to Iran for the first time since 2011, as part of its aims for “more productive co-operation”.

Peter Tatchell: ‘Not a resigning matter’ for Keith Vaz
Revelations about Keith Vaz are “a storm in a teacup” says Peter Tatchell

Pollster: ‘People feel we’re not a united nation anymore’
Pollster Deborah Mattinson from Britain Thinks explains what people feel about Brexit

Japan says all options open post Brexit
Japan’s ambassador to the UK says all options are open for companies after Brexit

MP to report Keith Vaz to Commons Standards watchdog
The Commons Standards watchdog is being urged to investigate Labour MP Keith Vaz over claims in the Sunday Mirror he paid for the services of male escorts.

Jeremy Corbyn to suggest Labour members elect shadow cabinet
Jeremy Corbyn is set to call for Labour Party members to be allowed to elect MPs to the shadow cabinet.

North Shields trawlerman: ‘No boats left to catch fish’
British trawlermen have long accused EU fishing quotas of decimating the fishing industry in the North Sea and the Channel. But what do they hope the government will replace them with?

Community aids firebombed shop reopen
Support from the local community has helped a shop selling Eastern European produce in Norwich reopen its doors after it was firebombed.

German tour operator: ‘We need signals we are still welcome’
Rudiger Wohlers is a tour leader with German company NABU, which takes people on coach trips around Cornwall. He tells the BBC about his worries following the Brexit vote.

Brexit: Woman quits UK job to move to Poland
A woman has quit her job in the West Midlands to move to Poland, saying she is choosing to emigrate following the referendum vote to leave the EU.

Lincolnshire farmer: ‘We could not operate without migrants’
Some hope that leaving the European Union will restrict the number of migrants coming to Britain. But what might that mean for the UK’s rural economy?

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