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Labour vows to curb Ministry of Defence outsourcing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Capita’s army recruitment contract has come in for criticism A Labour government would end the outsourcing of large defence contracts to the private sector, the party’s shadow defence secretary will promise. Nia Griffith would also have “no hesitation” in bringing contracts in house if they are not delivering. Her […]

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Most effective minister?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Gove returned to government as environment secretary in June 2017, nearly a year after being sacked as justice secretary Michael Gove. Just the mention of his name on comedy shows elicits guffaws and groans. He’s become a figure of hate among teachers, parents and children, and a figure of […]

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Brexit: PM urged to speed up no-deal Brexit plans

Image copyright PA Theresa May must prepare to exit the EU with no deal to have “real leverage” in Brexit negotiations, a letter from 60 politicians and business figures says. The prime minister should also reserve the right to “take with it the £39bn it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement”, […]

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Marching on

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Thousands of protesters were in London on Saturday, calling for a vote on any final deal seeing the UK leave the European Union. But why were the marchers insisting on another say over Brexit? Before Saturday, Dodo Pearce had never joined a protest in her life. But the 69-year-old decided to […]

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Momentum chief Jon Lansman's 'run on pound' fear

A future Labour government should prepare for resistance from global corporations and could face a run on the pound, Momentum’s founder says. Jon Lansman, who heads the Jeremy Corbyn support movement, said global elites would resist the “significant transformation” planned by Labour. And he said he hoped that it would not lead to the devaluation […]