Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Media playback is unsupported on your device An agreement has been reached which will see the Democratic Unionist Party back Theresa May’s minority government. The deal, which comes two weeks after the election resulted in a hung Parliament, will see the 10 DUP MPs back the Tories in key Commons votes. There will be £1bn extra for Northern Ireland over the next two years. DUP leader Arlene Foster said the “wide-ranging” pact was “good for…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Government staff have been drafted in to manage the response to the Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. A team of civil servants has been embedded in the council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials. At least 58 people are dead or presumed dead, and many others are homeless. The council says it will cooperate “in full” with the government’s inquiry….

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Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May is set to meet the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in Downing Street as she seeks a deal to enable the Conservatives to govern. The prime minister will host Arlene Foster to thrash out the terms of the DUP’s backing for her minority government. Mrs May says they will have no veto on key policies. Mrs Foster says her party has the national interest at heart. MPs are returning to Westminster on…

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General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would only apply to “big issues” like the economy and security, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said the parties were seeking an agreement – which would not be a formal coalition – to keep a minority Tory government in power. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Sir Michael also distanced himself from the DUP’s conservative stance on social issues….

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Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

The UK has said it will stand up for Gibraltar’s interests after the territory accused Spain of using Brexit to forward its territorial aims. After reported lobbying from Spain, the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy is that decisions affecting Gibraltar will be run past the Spanish government. Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was “unacceptable”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has held talks with Mr Picardo in an effort to reassure him of the UK’s support….

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Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords

Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords

The government has suffered a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal. Ministers said it was disappointing and they would seek to overturn the move when the bill returns to the Commons. Lord Heseltine, one of 13 Tory peers to rebel, said he had been sacked as a government adviser on regional growth. The…

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TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April, government announces

TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April, government announces

The UK’s annual television licence fee is to rise to £147 from £145.50, the government has announced. The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, marks the the first rise in the licence fee since 2010. In October that year, the coalition government announced the fee would be frozen at £145.50 until 31 March 2017. Last year, the government announced that it would rise in line with inflation from April 2017 for the…

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Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

The government has launched its plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution in the wake of its impending exit from the European Union. It includes plans to offer digital skills to millions of individuals, charities and businesses by 2020. It also plans to create five international technology hubs in emerging markets to allow UK companies to maintain their global edge. Experts said the strategy was lacking in detail. Secretary of…

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