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March election after  Northern Ireland  Government Collapses

March election after Northern Ireland Government Collapses

March election after Northern Ireland Government Collapses. An early election is due to be held in Northern Ireland on 2 March after the collapse of the government, it has been announced.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said the Northern Ireland Assembly will sit for the last time on 25 January, before it is dissolved the following day.

The break-up of the power-sharing government comes amid a dispute between Sinn Fein and the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme that could have cost the taxpayer £400m.

The “cash for ash” scandal prompted the resignation of deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, who called for DUP first minister Arlene Foster to quit.

She refused, calling Mr McGuinness’ actions “not principled” and “purely political”. read more

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Muslim Family ‘Humiliated’ After US Holiday Ban

Muslim Family ‘Humiliated’ After US Holiday Ban

Muslim Family ‘Humiliated’ After US Holiday Ban. The group of 11, including nine children, were to fly to LA from Gatwick when US officials stopped them in the departure lounge.

A British Muslim man who was stopped with his family at Gatwick airport and prevented from flying to California has said they felt “humiliated and alienated”.

The group of 11, including nine children, was about to travel to Los Angeles on a dream holiday last Tuesday when they were approached by US Homeland Security officials in the departure lounge. read more

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Spending Review Result 2015

Spending Review Result 2015

Spending Review Result 2015. George Osborne has unveiled the results of the government’s spending review; here we analyse the key points in 25 main areas.

Tax credits

  • All cuts to tax credits are to be cancelled.

Rowena Mason, political correspondent: Osborne has clearly surprised his MPs by totally abandoning his tax credit changes, which would have cost affected families up to £1,300 each and caused consternation on his own side as well as the opposition. It is a 100% U-turn since his aides were insisting up until recently that he was committed to the cuts in principle. read more

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Spending Review Today

Spending Review Today

Spending Review Today is the day when the Chancellor will reveal his plans for Government spending and the nation’s finances.

The spending review sets the amount Government departments will spend – a £4tn budget over the next five years.

Spending reviews were introduced by Gordon Brown in 1998 and the last one was in 2013. read more

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Theresa May: Only Migrants With Jobs Should Be Let In To UK

Theresa May: Only Migrants With Jobs Should Be Let In To UK

Theresa May: Only Migrants With Jobs Should Be Let In To UK. Home secretary calls for rethink of principle of free movement in EU, blaming borderless system for exacerbating Europe’s migration crisis.

Only European migrants with a job lined up should be allowed into the UK, the home secretary, Theresa May, has said, arguing that current levels of migration are unsustainable.

Her comments came after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed migration to Britain had hit a record high, reaching 330,000 in the past year to March. The rise comes despite a pledge made by David Cameron in 2011 to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands. read more

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Assisted Dying Law Debate in House Of Lords LIVE

Assisted Dying Law Debate in House Of Lords LIVE

Lord Falconer said a “limited” change was needed to the law to give the terminally ill choice on their deaths.

He insisted that the “final decision must always be made by the patient”, with safeguards to prevent “abuse”

But Lord Tebbit said it would create “too much of a financial incentive for the taking of life”.Syringe and a bottle of morphine

Lord Falconer’s bill which would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients judged to have less than six months to live. read more

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Bedroom Tax’ is Once Again In The Public Eye Because Lib Dems Withdraw Support

Bedroom Tax’ is Once Again In The Public Eye Because Lib Dems Withdraw Support

Nick Clegg denies the call for a reform of the ‘Bedroom Tax’ is a u-turn, with the coalition partners set for a bruising battle.

The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn support for the so-called “bedroom tax” setting up a showdown with the Conservatives and sparking questions over credibility.

Will Nick Clegg's U-turn threaten the coalition?

Will Nick Clegg’s U-turn threaten the coalition?

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was clear the policy was unfair and was not working, saying: “I think when something isn’t working, you fix it.” read more

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Cameron’s Pledge To Guarantee State Pensions

Cameron’s Pledge To Guarantee State Pensions

David Cameron has fired the starting gun for the next general election by promising a cash boost to taxpayers and the elderly.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Conservative leader has pledged to raise pensions by a minimum of 2.5% each year up to 2020.

He also said he wanted to cut the top rate of income tax.

The Prime Minister pledged to continue guaranteed rises in the basic state pension by retaining the “triple lock” system if the Conservatives win the 2015 general election. read more

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We Need To Cut An Extra £25bn A Year

We Need To Cut An Extra £25bn A Year

Chancellor George Osborne indicates he will target the welfare budget for much of the £25bn of cuts that must be made from 2015.

George Osborne at the Conservative party conference 2013

George Osborne said more cuts are to come

A further £25bn of cuts must be made after the next election if the Government is to eliminate the UK’s deficit, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

Mr Osborne, who will set out his priorities for the next 12 months in a speech later this morning saying 2014 will be “the year of hard truths”, indicated he would be looking to the welfare budget to make those savings. read more

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The Number Of Migrants Should Be Decided By People

The Number Of Migrants Should Be Decided By People

Britain should hold a referendum to decide how many EU migrants should be allowed to come to the UK, a leading MP said.

The call was made by Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, as restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians arriving to find jobs were lifted.

Speaking from Luton Airport, which is one of a number of airports where flights from Bucharest and Sofia will land, Mr Vaz said: “This is an issue that does need to be put to the British people, so we don’t get this kind of drama and people rushing around thinking hundreds of thousands of people are going to arrive at Luton on the first day.”

“We do need to look at this sensibly.” read more

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