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Pensions: Tougher jail terms for mismanaging funds

Image copyright EPA Company executives could face up to seven years in prison if they mismanage employee pension schemes. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed a new criminal offence for “wilfully or recklessly” mismanaging funds. Plans outlined last year for a maximum sentence of two years in prison were toughened up after public […]

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The battle over Britain's newest student movement

Image copyright Turning Point UK Image caption Turning Point UK’s leaders as pictured on the group’s original website To say that the launch of Britain’s newest right-wing student organisation suffered a few snags is a bit like reporting that Brexit negotiations have not all been plain sailing. Turning Point UK (TPUK) is an offshoot of […]

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Heathrow Airport: MPs to vote on third runway

Image copyright PA Image caption The government says it is taking “the biggest transport decision in a generation” MPs will decide whether to build a third runway at Heathrow airport later, in a vote likely to expose splits in both Labour and Tory ranks. A senior Labour figure said it could “block” expansion if it […]

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Corbyn's long march

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn salutes the crowds at Labour Live, the party’s music and politics festival “Things can change – and they will.” A hopeful, positive message. Or a warning? These words were uttered by Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn at the special conference on 12 September 2015 when he decisively […]

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Selfie tourists puzzled by Big Ben's new look

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig Ben scaffolding has taken some tourists by surprise It’s one of the world’s most instantly-recognisable tourist attractions. But the Elizabeth Tower – commonly known as Big Ben – is barely recognisable at the moment, covered in scaffolding with just one clock face visible. And it’s leaving […]

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New domestic abuse law 'could change Scotland'

Image copyright Laura Dodsworth Image caption Ministers want to create a specific offence criminalising psychological abuse A bill to criminalise psychological domestic abuse is has been passed, with some campaigners saying it “could change Scotland forever”. The Domestic Abuse bill, which has wide backing, creates a specific offence of “abusive behaviour in relation to a […]

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Scots minister 'will publish EU analysis'

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Russell is leading the Scottish government’s negotiations with the UK government over the Brexit process The Scottish government has said it will publish the UK government’s controversial Brexit briefing paper if it is given it. The document, which was leaked to Buzzfeed earlier this week, predicts that Brexit will […]

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Desborough Tory councillors' mass 'bullying' resignation

Image copyright Geograph/Richard Williams Image caption Desborough residents passed a vote of no confidence in their council about 18 months ago All Conservative members of a town council have resigned after “bullying, abuse and harassment” of the former chairman and her family. Jane Pearce stood down from Desborough Town Council in Northamptonshire two weeks ago […]