Labour MPs back Tory’s call for mixed-gender civil partnerships

Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Boris Johnson signals shift in UK policy on Syria’s Assad

Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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‘Opposites attract’: Theresa May signals strong relationship with Trump

UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

Related: Theresa May opens Trump visit by attacking past foreign policy failures

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UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

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‘It’s made in Vietnam!’ At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to “buy American and hire American.”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to “buy American and hire American.”


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Lookalikes of Trump, North Korea’s Kim grab Hong Kong by surprise

HONG KONG (Reuters) – It is a scene unlikely ever to become reality – American president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hugging and leaning in for a kiss on the bustling streets of Hong Kong.

HONG KONG (Reuters) – It is a scene unlikely ever to become reality – American president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hugging and leaning in for a kiss on the bustling streets of Hong Kong.


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Bath’s Conservative cabinet backs controversial park-and-ride project

Proposal for 800-space car park approved after four-hour meeting, but plans face fierce opposition from residents and opposition councillors

A proposal to create a park-and-ride site on water meadows on the edge of Bath has been backed by the city’s Conservative cabinet despite claims that the project would put its world heritage status at risk.

Related: Bath park and ride project will ruin historic landscape, say critics

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Proposal for 800-space car park approved after four-hour meeting, but plans face fierce opposition from residents and opposition councillors

A proposal to create a park-and-ride site on water meadows on the edge of Bath has been backed by the city’s Conservative cabinet despite claims that the project would put its world heritage status at risk.

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Why Maoist cult whistleblower is fighting to clear jailed leader’s name

Josephine Herivel, who told a charity Aravindan Balakrishnan’s daughter was being held against her will, now believes he was wrongly jailed for rape and assault

Before Josephine Herivel joined Aravindan Balakrishnan’s Maoist cult in 1976 she was set for musical stardom. As a child, she stunned judges with faultless violin recitals, the Royal College of Music awarded her a scholarship and she was on course to go to New York’s Juilliard conservatory. But her bow was not welcome inside the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.

“Comrade Bala” ran the Brixton collective using violence, intimidation and fear, a court heard in December. In a few weeks, the 75-year-old will be sentenced for rape, sexual assault and assault of two members and false imprisonment and cruelty towards his daughter, Fran, who spent the first 30 years of her life inside the cult.

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Josephine Herivel, who told a charity Aravindan Balakrishnan’s daughter was being held against her will, now believes he was wrongly jailed for rape and assault

Before Josephine Herivel joined Aravindan Balakrishnan’s Maoist cult in 1976 she was set for musical stardom. As a child, she stunned judges with faultless violin recitals, the Royal College of Music awarded her a scholarship and she was on course to go to New York’s Juilliard conservatory. But her bow was not welcome inside the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.

“Comrade Bala” ran the Brixton collective using violence, intimidation and fear, a court heard in December. In a few weeks, the 75-year-old will be sentenced for rape, sexual assault and assault of two members and false imprisonment and cruelty towards his daughter, Fran, who spent the first 30 years of her life inside the cult.

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Students ‘given dose equivalent to 300 coffees’ in botched test

Northumbria University fined £400,000 after researchers gave students 100 times intended amount of caffeine

A university has been fined £400,000 after two students were left fighting for their lives after they were accidentally given the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee in a botched experiment.

Northumbria University told Newcastle crown court it was “deeply, genuinely sorry” after sports science students Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin were each given the massive dose of caffeine. They were admitted to intensive care for dialysis after the calculation error led to violent side-effects.

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Northumbria University fined £400,000 after researchers gave students 100 times intended amount of caffeine

A university has been fined £400,000 after two students were left fighting for their lives after they were accidentally given the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee in a botched experiment.

Northumbria University told Newcastle crown court it was “deeply, genuinely sorry” after sports science students Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin were each given the massive dose of caffeine. They were admitted to intensive care for dialysis after the calculation error led to violent side-effects.

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‘The real Q is a woman’: boss of MI6 makes pitch for female recruits

Sir Alex Younger, speaking at Women in IT Awards, says James Bond films give MI6 a global profile – but their stereotypes are not entirely accurate

The agent known as Q, inventive head of gadgets at the UK spy agency MI6, has always been portrayed in the James Bond movies as a man. But the real head of Britain’s secret service, Sir Alex Younger, revealed on Wednesday night that Q is in fact a woman.

Younger, traditionally known as C, delivered the keynote speech at the Women in IT Awards in London in which he appealed for more women to join MI6, especially those with a scientific or technological background. “If any of you would like to join us … the real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman,” he said.

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Sir Alex Younger, speaking at Women in IT Awards, says James Bond films give MI6 a global profile – but their stereotypes are not entirely accurate

The agent known as Q, inventive head of gadgets at the UK spy agency MI6, has always been portrayed in the James Bond movies as a man. But the real head of Britain’s secret service, Sir Alex Younger, revealed on Wednesday night that Q is in fact a woman.

Younger, traditionally known as C, delivered the keynote speech at the Women in IT Awards in London in which he appealed for more women to join MI6, especially those with a scientific or technological background. “If any of you would like to join us … the real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman,” he said.

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What we learned from the supreme court’s article 50 ruling – video analysis

Jon Henley explains the supreme court’s decision that compels the government to put a bill before parliament before triggering article 50, which would begin Brexit negotiations. The court ruled that while MPs must be allowed a vote on article 50, the devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not get a veto

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Jon Henley explains the supreme court’s decision that compels the government to put a bill before parliament before triggering article 50, which would begin Brexit negotiations. The court ruled that while MPs must be allowed a vote on article 50, the devolved parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not get a veto

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Corbyn mistakenly offers condolences to family of ‘dead’ Northern Irish police officer – video

At prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn mistakenly offers condolences to the family of a Northern Ireland police officer who was shot at the weekend. The officer was wounded but did not die. Corbyn’s spokesperson later said that the Labour leader had meant to say that the police officer had ‘nearly died’ and that he had not intended to cause offence

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At prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn mistakenly offers condolences to the family of a Northern Ireland police officer who was shot at the weekend. The officer was wounded but did not die. Corbyn’s spokesperson later said that the Labour leader had meant to say that the police officer had ‘nearly died’ and that he had not intended to cause offence

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Travel and pollution warnings as UK’s cold, foggy weather continues

Motorists told to take extra care, flights are disrupted across south and air quality plunges in cities from London to Belfast

The ongoing cold, still weather is expected to send pollution levels soaring in London as freezing fog brings more disruption at airports and on the roads across the south of England.

Related: How have you been affected by fog and frost in the UK?

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Motorists told to take extra care, flights are disrupted across south and air quality plunges in cities from London to Belfast

The ongoing cold, still weather is expected to send pollution levels soaring in London as freezing fog brings more disruption at airports and on the roads across the south of England.

Related: How have you been affected by fog and frost in the UK?

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May’s Brexit white paper U-turn wrongfoots Corbyn, and Labour

Concession by PM may boost shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer but underlines pitfalls for his divided party

As every parent knows, leadership sometimes means knowing when to give in. Theresa May opened Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions with an unexpected concession – yet she still emerged victorious from her weekly bout with Jeremy Corbyn.

Rebel backbenchers in the prime minister’s own party, led by troublemaker-in-chief Anna Soubry, had united around the demand for the government to publish a formal white paper, setting out its priorities for the forthcoming negotiations.

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Concession by PM may boost shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer but underlines pitfalls for his divided party

As every parent knows, leadership sometimes means knowing when to give in. Theresa May opened Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions with an unexpected concession – yet she still emerged victorious from her weekly bout with Jeremy Corbyn.

Rebel backbenchers in the prime minister’s own party, led by troublemaker-in-chief Anna Soubry, had united around the demand for the government to publish a formal white paper, setting out its priorities for the forthcoming negotiations.

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May’s meeting with Trump: a collision of contrasting world views

The PM’s visit could be seen as a diplomatic coup, but her vision of a free-trading Britain could crash into ‘America First’

Theresa May travels to the US on Thursday to try to forge a personal and political relationship with the least predictable and, in European terms, most unpopular US president in modern times.

For all the British diplomatic pleasure that their prime minister is once again the first foreign leader through the door of a newly elected president, as John Major managed in the case of Bill Clinton in 1993, there will be wariness in Downing Street. For the first time since the second world war, the US appears to have a president who displays indifference to supporting his allies or shoring up an alliance framework.

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The PM’s visit could be seen as a diplomatic coup, but her vision of a free-trading Britain could crash into ‘America First’

Theresa May travels to the US on Thursday to try to forge a personal and political relationship with the least predictable and, in European terms, most unpopular US president in modern times.

For all the British diplomatic pleasure that their prime minister is once again the first foreign leader through the door of a newly elected president, as John Major managed in the case of Bill Clinton in 1993, there will be wariness in Downing Street. For the first time since the second world war, the US appears to have a president who displays indifference to supporting his allies or shoring up an alliance framework.

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May and Trump talks likely to reveal cracks in ‘special relationship’

British PM could struggle to negotiate good trade deal with president who has pledged to put America first

Appetite for a US trade deal with Britain appears as high in Washington as it is in London, according to interviews with politicians, with both governments anxious to demonstrate there is more to economic populism than simply a desire for protectionism.

But despite the political convergence indicated by Donald Trump’s election and the Brexit vote, Theresa May will discover the special relationship still has plenty of cracks and contradictions when she visits the White House on Friday.

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British PM could struggle to negotiate good trade deal with president who has pledged to put America first

Appetite for a US trade deal with Britain appears as high in Washington as it is in London, according to interviews with politicians, with both governments anxious to demonstrate there is more to economic populism than simply a desire for protectionism.

But despite the political convergence indicated by Donald Trump’s election and the Brexit vote, Theresa May will discover the special relationship still has plenty of cracks and contradictions when she visits the White House on Friday.

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Blackpool’s beach pleasures: nostalgia and neglect at the seaside – in pictures

Dawn Mander’s photographs of her hometown capture a faded seaside resort in need of investment – but the culture of entertainment lives on

Dawn Mander is a “sandgrown’un” – a person born and bred in Blackpool, the UK seaside resort famous for its Pleasure Beach amusement park. Mander’s photographs of the town try to provide an honest portrait of a place which – despite its late 19th-century and early 20th-century heyday as a booming holiday destination – has seen economic decline as the rise of cheap international travel took visitors elsewhere. The town is now the most Eurosceptic place in the north-west of England and pro-Brexit (despite EU laws being responsible for its beaches getting cleaner and safer).

The dent in the tourism industry took its toll on the town’s landscape. “I love Blackpool, I think it’s a great place to live and grow up, but there’s still a huge amount that needs doing to rejuvenate the town,” says Mander. “Many areas, especially those away from the main promenade, are very neglected with streets of closed and often derelict shops. I would love to see more investment in those areas, restoring the faded glamour and kitsch that I so love trying to capture in my photography.”

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Dawn Mander’s photographs of her hometown capture a faded seaside resort in need of investment – but the culture of entertainment lives on

Dawn Mander is a “sandgrown’un” – a person born and bred in Blackpool, the UK seaside resort famous for its Pleasure Beach amusement park. Mander’s photographs of the town try to provide an honest portrait of a place which – despite its late 19th-century and early 20th-century heyday as a booming holiday destination – has seen economic decline as the rise of cheap international travel took visitors elsewhere. The town is now the most Eurosceptic place in the north-west of England and pro-Brexit (despite EU laws being responsible for its beaches getting cleaner and safer).

The dent in the tourism industry took its toll on the town’s landscape. “I love Blackpool, I think it’s a great place to live and grow up, but there’s still a huge amount that needs doing to rejuvenate the town,” says Mander. “Many areas, especially those away from the main promenade, are very neglected with streets of closed and often derelict shops. I would love to see more investment in those areas, restoring the faded glamour and kitsch that I so love trying to capture in my photography.”

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Keynes’s economic theory voted most influential academic book on British life

A public vote to decide which scholarly book has had the greatest impact on Britain has chosen The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

Academic texts that have shaped our society may range from John Berger’s landmark study of visual culture Ways of Seeing to Germaine Greer’s 1970 feminist classic The Female Eunuch, but when it comes to a vote to decide which was the most influential book for modern Britain, the public echoed America’s Bill Clinton: it’s the economy, stupid.

From a list of the 20 texts that shaped our times, curated by leading British academics as part of Academic Book Week, John Maynard Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was voted the most significant for modern Britain.

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A public vote to decide which scholarly book has had the greatest impact on Britain has chosen The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

Academic texts that have shaped our society may range from John Berger’s landmark study of visual culture Ways of Seeing to Germaine Greer’s 1970 feminist classic The Female Eunuch, but when it comes to a vote to decide which was the most influential book for modern Britain, the public echoed America’s Bill Clinton: it’s the economy, stupid.

From a list of the 20 texts that shaped our times, curated by leading British academics as part of Academic Book Week, John Maynard Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was voted the most significant for modern Britain.

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The ‘almost human’ gorilla who drank tea and went to school

Gloucestershire historian unearths photographs of John Daniel, lowland gorilla adopted by village of Uley in 1918

John Daniel was no ordinary gorilla. For starters, he was called John Daniel. And he had his own bedroom, drank tea and cider, and could purportedly do his own washing up.

The extraordinary tale of the village that adopted its very own gorilla a century ago is told in a new local history book by a Gloucestershire historian.

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Gloucestershire historian unearths photographs of John Daniel, lowland gorilla adopted by village of Uley in 1918

John Daniel was no ordinary gorilla. For starters, he was called John Daniel. And he had his own bedroom, drank tea and cider, and could purportedly do his own washing up.

The extraordinary tale of the village that adopted its very own gorilla a century ago is told in a new local history book by a Gloucestershire historian.

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Malala Yousafzai’s UN speech set to music for International Women’s Day

BBC Radio 3 announces Kate Whitley’s composition, using statements about every girl’s right to education, will broadcast on 8 March

Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 speech to the UN, in which she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music.

BBC Radio 3 announced it commissioned the composer Kate Whitley to set to music the text, by the schoolgirl who survived a murder attempt by the Taliban, as part of programming for International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March.

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BBC Radio 3 announces Kate Whitley’s composition, using statements about every girl’s right to education, will broadcast on 8 March

Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 speech to the UN, in which she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music.

BBC Radio 3 announced it commissioned the composer Kate Whitley to set to music the text, by the schoolgirl who survived a murder attempt by the Taliban, as part of programming for International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March.

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Jeremy Hunt’s hospital food revolution has failed, campaigners say

Department of Health study shows almost half of hospitals in England have not implemented key improvements

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of failing to deliver his promised revolution in hospital food after the health secretary’s own department found that many hospitals have still not improved patient catering.

A Department of Health study shows that almost half of hospitals in England have failed to implement key improvements almost two and a half years after Hunt’s crackdown.

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Department of Health study shows almost half of hospitals in England have not implemented key improvements

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of failing to deliver his promised revolution in hospital food after the health secretary’s own department found that many hospitals have still not improved patient catering.

A Department of Health study shows that almost half of hospitals in England have failed to implement key improvements almost two and a half years after Hunt’s crackdown.

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Brexit ‘turf wars’ between ministries hindering progress, says report

Staff cuts and squabbles between departments are wasting time and energy as government attempts to implement Brexit plan, IfG says

Theresa May’s government is facing inter-departmental squabbles, concerns over staffing levels and “big challenges” drawing up legislation as it attempts to implement a Brexit strategy, analysis by Whitehall’s leading thinktank has found.

“Turf wars” between key departments led by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox have been a distraction, wasting time and energy, the Institute for Government (IfG) report said.

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Staff cuts and squabbles between departments are wasting time and energy as government attempts to implement Brexit plan, IfG says

Theresa May’s government is facing inter-departmental squabbles, concerns over staffing levels and “big challenges” drawing up legislation as it attempts to implement a Brexit strategy, analysis by Whitehall’s leading thinktank has found.

“Turf wars” between key departments led by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox have been a distraction, wasting time and energy, the Institute for Government (IfG) report said.

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Car firms tell May post-Brexit tariffs are ‘red line’ issue that threatens jobs

Britain must keep some benefits of single market and customs union after Brexit, says chief executive of trade body SMMT

The car industry has told Theresa May that the introduction of tariffs after Britain leaves the EU is a “red line” issue that would lead to a fall in sales and potentially result in job losses.

In a severe warning about the consequences of a hard Brexit, Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said tariffs would make UK car plants uncompetitive and it was critical that any trade deal with the EU contained some of the benefits of the single market and customs union.

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Britain must keep some benefits of single market and customs union after Brexit, says chief executive of trade body SMMT

The car industry has told Theresa May that the introduction of tariffs after Britain leaves the EU is a “red line” issue that would lead to a fall in sales and potentially result in job losses.

In a severe warning about the consequences of a hard Brexit, Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said tariffs would make UK car plants uncompetitive and it was critical that any trade deal with the EU contained some of the benefits of the single market and customs union.

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Labour MPs back Tory’s call for mixed-gender civil partnerships

Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Boris Johnson signals shift in UK policy on Syria’s Assad

Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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‘Opposites attract’: Theresa May signals strong relationship with Trump

UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

Related: Theresa May opens Trump visit by attacking past foreign policy failures

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UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

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Appeal against changes to UK’s international law obligations granted

Court of appeal to hear challenge to cutting of sentence from code obliging ministers to comply with treaty and legal requirements

Changes to the official ministerial code that removed a requirement that ministers must comply with international laws and treaties are to be challenged in the court of appeal.

The revised document was published by the government in October 2015, prompting protests from human rights groups about the damage such a symbolic omission would have on the rule of law around the world.

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Court of appeal to hear challenge to cutting of sentence from code obliging ministers to comply with treaty and legal requirements

Changes to the official ministerial code that removed a requirement that ministers must comply with international laws and treaties are to be challenged in the court of appeal.

The revised document was published by the government in October 2015, prompting protests from human rights groups about the damage such a symbolic omission would have on the rule of law around the world.

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In pictures

Images of the historic day when millions of people across the UK voted in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU.Images of the historic day when millions of people across the UK voted in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU.

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Abuse of baby ‘could have been identified earlier by medical staff’

Five-week-old girl beaten by parents was admitted to hospital three times but signs of abuse were missed, report finds

A five-week-old girl beaten by her parents could have been protected from life-changing injuries if medical staff had identified earlier signs of abuse, a report has concluded.

Rocky Uzzell and Katherine Prigmore, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, were jailed in December for inflicting injuries on their baby daughter that left her blind and unable to walk. The girl, who was born on 8 February 2014 and is now nearly three years old, will have to be fed through a tube for the rest of her life, and will not be able to talk.

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Five-week-old girl beaten by parents was admitted to hospital three times but signs of abuse were missed, report finds

A five-week-old girl beaten by her parents could have been protected from life-changing injuries if medical staff had identified earlier signs of abuse, a report has concluded.

Rocky Uzzell and Katherine Prigmore, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, were jailed in December for inflicting injuries on their baby daughter that left her blind and unable to walk. The girl, who was born on 8 February 2014 and is now nearly three years old, will have to be fed through a tube for the rest of her life, and will not be able to talk.

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‘Indyref 2’ being pushed online

As the EU referendum count turned decisively towards Leave, the online conversation in Scotland immediately turned to the possibility of another vote on independence.As the EU referendum count turned decisively towards Leave, the online conversation in Scotland immediately turned to the possibility of another vote on independence.

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Hermes courier: ‘I felt pressured to work while caring for my dying son’

Worker claims lack of support made her fear losing job with firm, which faces legal challenge from self-employed couriers

Amandeep Kaur, 29, a Hermes courier from Leicester, was in the back of an ambulance rushing her seriously ill son to hospital when she first felt the pressure to get back to work. It was two weeks before Christmas, one of the busiest periods for Britain’s booming parcel delivery industry, but Kaur’s six-year-old, Sukhmanjeet, had collapsed at home and she could not make her deliveries. A few hours later, with her son about to undergo surgery, she rang her manager.

“I said my son had had a cardiac arrest and I can’t come in,” she recalled. “I don’t know how long for, but he is my priority right now. [The manager’s] response was ‘Oh, it has come at a very busy time’.”

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Worker claims lack of support made her fear losing job with firm, which faces legal challenge from self-employed couriers

Amandeep Kaur, 29, a Hermes courier from Leicester, was in the back of an ambulance rushing her seriously ill son to hospital when she first felt the pressure to get back to work. It was two weeks before Christmas, one of the busiest periods for Britain’s booming parcel delivery industry, but Kaur’s six-year-old, Sukhmanjeet, had collapsed at home and she could not make her deliveries. A few hours later, with her son about to undergo surgery, she rang her manager.

“I said my son had had a cardiac arrest and I can’t come in,” she recalled. “I don’t know how long for, but he is my priority right now. [The manager’s] response was ‘Oh, it has come at a very busy time’.”

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John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize and attacks UK’s intolerance

Artist says tone of debate on migration is bleak and frightening as he is awarded £40,000 prize in Cardiff

The video artist John Akomfrah has been named the winner of this year’s Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for international contemporary art, and used the platform to berate the “bleak culture of fear and intolerance” he said had gripped Britain.

The biennial award, held in Cardiff, which comes with £40,000 prize money, focuses on artists who engage with social and political issues and the human condition.

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Artist says tone of debate on migration is bleak and frightening as he is awarded £40,000 prize in Cardiff

The video artist John Akomfrah has been named the winner of this year’s Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for international contemporary art, and used the platform to berate the “bleak culture of fear and intolerance” he said had gripped Britain.

The biennial award, held in Cardiff, which comes with £40,000 prize money, focuses on artists who engage with social and political issues and the human condition.

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