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Brexit: John McDonnell warns Labour must shift policy

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has warned colleagues if they want to avoid a “slow motion car crash” they have to change policy on Brexit. So far, Labour’s shadow cabinet hasn’t shifted its position on Brexit despite devoting two meetings to the topic. Labour wants the public to have a say via a general election […]

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Jeremy Hunt interview in full

Jeremy Hunt has insisted he is the right person to lead the country because he is “trustworthy” and can be “tough” when he needs to be. Speaking to the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, he explained why he wanted the top job, along with his views on Brexit, social care and abortion. He also defended […]

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Word for word: Hunt BBC interview

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has talked to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg about his ambition to be prime minister. Here is the full transcript of their interview. Laura Kuenssberg: Foreign Secretary. First of all what would you do on day one in Number 10 to get us out of the EU at the end of […]

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Jeremy Hunt: I would spend £15bn more on defence

Image copyright MOD Jeremy Hunt says he would boost defence spending by £15bn over the next five years if he becomes prime minister. The Tory leadership candidate’s promise would mean spending on defence would rise to 2.5% of GDP by 2023/24, from its current 2%. Mr Hunt said the move would “show the world a […]

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Why is Labour asking MPs if they’ll run again?

Labour’s General Secretary Jennie Formby has written to Labour MPs asking them if they intend to stand as candidates in the next election. She wants a reply by 8 July. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson explains why. The Labour NEC inner core – ‘the officers’ group’ – met today to discuss parliamentary selections. The fact […]

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Word for word: Johnson BBC interview

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson – the favourite to become next Conservative leader and prime minister – has spoken exclusively to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg. Here is the full transcript of their interview. Laura Kuenssberg: So Boris Johnson what would you do on day one in Number 10 to make sure we leave the […]

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Former deputy PM John Prescott suffers stroke

Image copyright Getty Images Former deputy prime minister and Labour veteran John Prescott has been admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, his family has said. A statement on the 81-year-old’s Twitter account said he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday. He is “over the worst” and “talking”, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson […]