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Ken Clarke: Brexit is like a parody version of student politics

The Father of the House loves the EU but doesnt want another referendum, called Theresa May bloody difficult yet backed her deal three times, and finds the political deadlock both annoying and hugely entertaining The twin pillars of Tory pro-Europeanism, the two men who defended that lonely cause in the Thatcher heyday and through the long trudge of the Major years, have responded very differently to Brexit. On one side stands Michael Heseltine, belated darling of the remainers, the lion in winter who won bloody difficult woman? She is a…

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Brexit secretary David Davis resigns plunging government into crisis

Secretary of states resignation followed by two other Brexit ministers, forcing a reshuffle David Davis has resigned as Brexit secretary, shattering the hard-won consensus around Theresa Mays Chequers deal and plunging her government into crisis. His resignation was swiftly followed by that of fellow Department for Exiting the EU minister Steve Baker. It forces May to reshuffle her government, at the same time as trying to convince backbenchers to support her plan. Davis sent a bluntly worded resignation letter to the prime minister, saying he would not be a reluctant…

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New centrist party gets 50m backing to break mould of UK politics

Plans secretly made for a new political party drawing from left and right A new political party with access to up to 50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to break the Westminster mould, the Observer can reveal. The movement, spearheaded by a former Labour benefactor, is understood to have been drawn up by a group frustrated by the tribal nature of politics, the polarisation caused by Brexit and the standard of political leadership on…

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Damian Green sacked as first secretary of state after porn allegations

Green admits he made misleading statements after pornography was found on Commons computer in 2008 Damian Green was sacked as first secretary of state on Wednesday after admitting he lied about the presence of pornographic images on his House of Commons computer. An investigation by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood found that Greens vehement denials after a Sunday newspaper reported that porn had been found on his computer were inaccurate and misleading. His departure is a personal blow for Theresa May, who brought him into Downing Street after her…

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‘My love isn’t second-class’: the struggle for marriage equality in Northern Ireland

At a mock wedding in a Belfast cabaret club, a groom cries tears of anger. Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere else in Britain and Ireland, so why not here? The answer lies with Theresa Mays partners, the DUP Were going to fight tooth and nail with them. Im done putting on the kid gloves, Im done pretending this is OK. What are we meant to do, wait another 20 years? Shane Sweeney has just exchanged vows with his fiance of two years, Eoin McCabe. It could be the happiest day…

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Theresa May under pressure over secret advice on halting Brexit

Prime minister is sent FOI request to publish legal guidance thought to argue that UK can stop EU divorce process at any time Theresa May is under pressure to publish secret legal advice that is believed to state that parliament could still stop Brexit before the end of March 2019 if MPs judge that a change of mind is in the national interest. The move comes as concern grows that exit talks with Brussels are heading for disaster. The calls for the prime minister to reveal advice from the countrys…

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Furious Tory MPs reject Theresa Mays threats over Brexit votes

Whips warn pro-remainers over Corbyn support but ex-minister says leadership challenge is likely Theresa May faced a growing Tory revolt over her leadership as it emerged that Remain-supporting Conservative MPs are being told by party whips that they will be seen as supporting Jeremy Corbyn if they attempt to soften the Brexit bill. Furious Conservatives, including former ministers, said such threats and arm-twisting from the whips office would backfire spectacularly, making it more likely the prime minister would face a wants to lead the party into a 2022 general election,…

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Brexit plans could fall apart ‘like a chocolate orange’, says auditor general

Unprecedented intervention from Amyas Morse laments governments vague approach to date and calls for unified strategy for EU talks A lack of energy and leadership in Theresa Mays government has left hopes of a successful Brexit at risk of falling apart like a chocolate orange, a leading government watchdog has warned. In an extraordinary intervention that will raise the pressure on the prime minister to reassess her approach to Brexit, the comptroller and auditor general of the David Davis, and Oliver Robbins, the departments permanent secretary, that he would like…

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The making of the Maybot: a year of mindless slogans, U-turns and denials

How did Theresa May go from Supreme Leader to malfunctioning automaton? To mark her first anniversary as PM on Thursday, the Guardians sketch writer John Crace, who coined the term Maybot, charts her robotic rise and fall I christened Theresa May the Maybot At least with me. It seemed to encapsulate her awkward, disengaged manner and her inner mediocrity. Far from being a strong leader, she appeared weak and confused. While the rightwing press in the UK were building her up as a tough negotiator, I could only imagine the…

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Theresa May appeals to MPs for support as her future hangs in balance

Prime minister expected to signal at 1922 committee meeting that she will run government in a less controlling way, after carrying out modest reshuffle Theresa May will appeal to her MPs to throw their weight behind her at a crunch meeting on Monday, as her future hangs in the balance after the Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy. May carried out a modest reshuffle of her top team on Sunday as speculation continued to swirl about her future, including bringing Gove crashed out of the cabinet last year after challenging May…

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May adopts contrite tone after Tory MPs vent anger over election

Prime minister apologises to Tories who lost seats and reaffirms top cabinet posts in DUP-backed minority government A chastened Theresa May has apologised to her party colleagues, after squandering the Conservatives majority with an ill-fated snap general election, forcing her to turn to Northern Irelands Democratic Unionist party for backing. A surge in support for Jeremy Corbyns Labour party and its anti-austerity message drove the Conservatives into retreat, leaving them unable to form a majority government alone. Labour won the last seat to declare, Kensington and Chelsea, meaning it had…

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Theresa May’s leadership in the balance amid Tory election fury

Gamble on early election appears to have backfired, with exit poll prediction of hung parliament seen as catastrophic for PM Theresa Mays position as Conservative leader is under pressure after her gamble on an early election appeared to have backfired spectacularly. Tory MPs were shocked and furious after the party lost much of its 20-point badly received Conservative manifesto, but on the performance of May personally, after she made it a presidential-style contest by putting her hoping for a lead in seats of up to 100. The prime minister toured…

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Eight reasons why Jeremy Corbyn robbed Theresa May of a landslide | Zoe Willlams

The game-changing manifesto, the galvanised youth vote a number of factors combined to create the worst Conservative campaign for decades Support our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter or making a contribution Youve got to love it. A political system in which theres no winner. Almost everyone, from some angle, is a loser. Nobody can work out wholl be prime minister in the morning. Everyones muttering darkly about another election in October. Weve come down to wondering whether Sinn Fin will drop its absentee policy. And all any progressive can…

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General election: May falters during challenge over record on public services

PM confronted by nurse over issue of low pay in Question Time special, while Jeremy Corbyn is questioned over Trident and national security Theresa May came under sustained pressure over the Conservative partys record on public sector pay, mental health services and social care in a combative election edition of BBC1s Question Time broadcast less than a week before polling day. The prime minister faced a string of awkward questions from members of the public, including a challenge from a nurse, Victoria Davey, who left May faltering after confronting her…

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