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it has been another incredibly easy yearin it has been another incredibly easy year in politics with one issue dominating the agenda over all others. brexit. that doesn't mean there haven't been other important issues to grapple with. the windrush scandal, the row over anti—semitism and many other scandals. and we bought —— launched a new political show. first, theresa may shuffled her government in a bid to change the face of the party. more diverse and younger chairs taken from the inta ke and younger chairs taken from the intake of mps in 2017. it didn't go all according to plan. theresa may had wanted to move justin greening from education to the work and pensions brief. but instead, she quit the cabinet, saying she wanted to continue her work on social mobility. 0thers
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tipped to be moved like the health secretaryjeremy tipped to be moved like the health secretary jeremy hunt tipped to be moved like the health secretaryjeremy hunt didn't arch, and all of the big beasts stayed in theirjobs for now. ukip was battling its own internal issues as the party's ruling national executive committee unanimously backed a vote of no—confidence in the party leader which led to his sacking. gerard batten replaced him. ukip has to continue because we are the only opposition. in march, the labour party extended its suspension of ken livingstone over claims of anti—semitism. he went on to resign but it wasn't enough to stop the issue dominating much of labour's year. jeremy corbyn was found to have posted a historic message about the removal of your release london which was considered to be anti—semitic. the labour leader had expressed his opposition to the
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mural‘s removal, later admitting he hadn't realised what it was the train. he apologised. protesters also clashed in parliament square on more than one occasion, angered by how the party was handling the situation. labour mp spoke of the anti—semitic abuse they have suffered over the years. denial is not an option, prevarication is not an option. the row continued over the summer with members of the ruling national executive committee being forced to resign over comments they had made. and an argument broke out over the party's adopted definition of anti—semitism. they finally accented both the international holocaust remembrance alliance definition at their exa m ples into alliance definition at their examples into the code of conduct but only after lots of criticism from within the party. they were more casualties, frank field and
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john woodcock were facing their own challenges and started the piety‘s approach to anti—semitism as reasons they could no longer support labour. jeremy corbyn hoped to more align over the issue with his conference speech. i say this to all the situation community, this party, this movie —— we are your allies. —— the jewish community. but hang on, we are getting ahead of ourselves, theresa may had to deal with the major incident in march when a former military office in russia and his daughter were poisoned by novichok in salisbury. either this was a direct act by the russian state in our country or the russian government lost control over this
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damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. jeremy corbyn wasn't as quick to condemn russia and asked for more evidence. we need to seek a robust oil with russia on all of the issues currently dividing our countries, domestic and international, rather than simply cutting off contact and letting the tensions and divisions get worse and potentially even more dangerous. theresa may went on to name the russian suspects as a literary agents and along with other eu countries, she expelled russian diplomats. in march, theresa may was forced to give her third major brexit speech in london. it set out five tests for a uk eu trade deal and put a little flesh on the bones of her vision for britain's future relationship with europe. we know
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what we want, we understand your principles, we have a chaired interest in getting this right. so let's get on with it. later that month, michel barnier and david davies agreed on a large part of the withdrawal agreement, including the two—year transition period. withdrawal agreement, including the two-year transition period. and eu leaders formally approved by the alliance for the negotiation of future relations with the uk after brexit. labour, meanwhile, set out their vision for brexit. they said they wanted to remain an in a newly negotiated customs union while still having a say in future trade deals. in april, theresa mayjoined forces with france and the us to order air strikes on syria after a suspected chemical attack there. but she didn't go to parliament and seek mps approval, which angered many. the prime minister. she later went on to
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wina prime minister. she later went on to win a symbolic vote. the way we protect our national interest is to stand up for the global rules and standards that keep us they. this statement serves as a reminder that the prime minister is accountable to this parliament, not to the whims of the us president. but windrush generation came to national prominence when it emerged that some would facing deportation and being denied access to public services. 0ne denied access to public services. one minute, i'm going back to a country which i know nothing about. you know, as far as i know, this is my home. home secretary, will you with nine over windrush? amber rudd, the home secretary, resigned, after claiming she didn't know about immigration removal targets in the home office. documents later revealed she had been told. surging javid replaced her, edging to correct the windrush mistakes. a statue, rating the life of the
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suffragist millicent fawcett was unveiled in parliament square. she campaigned for women's rights to vote and her statue marks the first woman to be commemorated there. local elections took faith in me, with labour gaining more than 70 councillors. but no change to the number of councils they control. the conservatives lost around 30 councillors but it was ukip who suffered the worst defeats, they we re suffered the worst defeats, they were almost wiped out, retaining just three councillors. and with just three councillors. and with just one word, a proposal to outlaw up just one word, a proposal to outlaw up skirting. where you take a picture looking up the person but matt stop. the private members bill was proposed but failed when the conservative mp rocked it. he said he didn't want —— object to the bill but didn't approve of the procedure. many of his colleagues to support raid with him. the government later introduced a bill outlawing it. in
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june, parliament voted to approve a third runway at heathrow. that wa nted third runway at heathrow. that wanted the resignation of the trade minister greg hands. borisjohnson, who was also against the expansion, flew to afg ha nista n to who was also against the expansion, flew to afghanistan to avoid having to vote on the plan. june also saw another ministerial casualties. the justice minister philip lee resigned over brexit, calling for another referendum. brexit was starting to cause theresa may a real headache as another of her backbenchers, dominic grieve, repose and amendment to strengthen the so—called meaningful vote. it required that the government follow directions from parliament if mps rejected her deal. got that? the european withdrawal bill passed its second reading after the 0nyx reeve found the level of oui’ the 0nyx reeve found the level of our bumper mice against the government and voted against his own
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amendment. sick mps were summoned to vote and questions were asked whether parliament had lost its dignity. at the height of summer, it seems long time ago now, the cabinet met at the prime minister is country retreat chequers to agree her land. the cabinet has agreed our collective position on the future of negotiations with eu. the chequers plan proposed an independent trade policy that allowed the uk the validity to set its own non—eu ta riffs validity to set its own non—eu tariffs and negotiate its own trade deal as well as an end to large annual payments to the eu and the a cce pta nce annual payments to the eu and the acceptance of common rule book for goods. but not all the cabinet had signed up to the deal. two days later, the brexit secretary david davis followed up on a threat he had made earlier in the year to resign. he was followed out of the door wide borisjohnson who said in his resignation letter that we appear to be heading for a semi—brexit.
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following them were another eight junior ministers or aids. and theresa may's backbenchers made their feelings known, theresa may's backbenchers made theirfeelings known, too. theresa may's backbenchers made their feelings known, too. within 48 hours of the statement on friday, i received 300 e—mails, disheartened, dismayed, and telling you that democracy is dead. the work mean exit, it will be the commission where we have no vote originating out where we have no vote originating our business for ever. theresa may reshuffled her cabinet—making dominic rob her secretary and jeremy hunt her foreign secretary. she barely had time to draw breath before the american president arrived for a long—awaited visit, but not the original state visit he had been invited to. perhaps the uk has left the eu, whatever you do is 0k has left the eu, whatever you do is ok with me, that is your decision. he arrived having made critical comments of its amoebas mac chequers plan and supportive noises about borisjohnson. but plan and supportive noises about boris johnson. but there plan and supportive noises about borisjohnson. but there were protests, including this giant baby,
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balloon which london mayor siddique khan approved to fly over westminster. before parliament broke up westminster. before parliament broke upfor westminster. before parliament broke up for the westminster. before parliament broke upforthe summary westminster. before parliament broke up for the summary says, there were still some votes on the customs bill to get through. the european research group of conservative wrecks the tears had started to make life difficult for the prime minister by tabling amendments that they said would then the government pursuing a soft brexit. the government supported those amendments and the bill narrowly passed but they were accused of caving in to threats by the drg, some even talked about chequers being dead. never one to let things get her down, theresa may turned her hand to dance floor diplomacy on a trade trip to africa, not once but twice she got her groove on proving there was more to life than brexit. the green party elected a new co—leader. sian berry won the
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contest after caroline lucas stood down. jonathan barclay, the other co—leader, was re—elected. the former first minister of scotland alex salmond resigned from his party after claims of sexual misconduct we re after claims of sexual misconduct were made against him. he denied the allegations but said he would resign to avoid attentional divisions within the party which had faced calls to suspend him. september brought a new political programme, politics live for top. joining me today, former home secretary amber rudd... we made a splash with our first show with an all female panel and amber rudd. burst tv interview since resigning. with no major progress on brexit being announced, the conservative backbench ee rg group against oddity pressure rise the prime minister. they published an alternative land for the irish
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border waste on technological solutions. i commend it to you for its common its practicality, is effectiveness. but there was also speculation that they would try to force theresa may out.|j speculation that they would try to force theresa may out. i have long said and repeated again again that i think the policy needs to be changed but i am supporting the person. theresa may went to salzburg for an eu summit to sell her brexit plan but after a heated meeting, she was told... everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic framework will not work. throughout this process, i have treated the eu with nothing but risk wrecked. the uk expects the same. it was back to the drawing board for theresa may, the drawing board for theresa may, the conference season gave all the parties a chance to regroup. labour
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clarified its position on brexit once again. jeremy corbyn said his party would call for a general election if parliament voted down the deal agreed by the prime minister and the eu. but he added that all options are on the table. but if you can't negotiate that deal, then you need to make way for a party that can and will. divisions emerged and shadow brexit secretary sir kia starmer said he wouldn't rule out another referendum. our options must include campaigning for a public very and nobody is ruling out remain as an option. for the conservatives, it was boris johnson's fringe speech that drew the biggest crowds. he criticised the biggest crowds. he criticised the prime minister ‘s brexit plans as regulation mounted that it was the start of his leadership bid.
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there is time, this is the moment, chuck chequers. the surprise star of conservative conference was geoffrey cox, the attorney general. we will leave the european union. he boomed his way through an eloquent introduction to the prime minister. dancing queen plays. after last yea r‘s dancing queen plays. after last year's speech where everything seemed to go wrong, it could only be an improvement. she told her party that better days ahead and that austerity was coming to an end. because a decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity is led to is over and that their hard work has paid off. why when you... brexit was about to
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shatter theresa may's postconference high. the dup, on whom she relies for votes in parliament threatened to vote against the budget if extra checks were imposed on trade between northern ireland and the rest of the uk. we have been telling people about our red line is that it is important for us to say to her very clearly that any impediment on the two—way access in the uk single market would not be good for the union and would not be good for the economy of northern ireland. tensions were also rising in the cabinet and rumours swirled about more possible resignations. no one is planning on resigning, we are all doing ourjobs and trying to get the best dealfor our doing ourjobs and trying to get the best deal for our country. then at another eu summit, theresa may suggested a longer implementation period may be required. an idea is to create an option to extend the internet age and period for a matter
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of months. the common phrasesjust get on with it. john bercow and he would step down as the speaker of the commons next summer following a report on the failure of high—level figures to tackle early on in westminster. in his budget, the chancellor philip hammond reiterated theresa may's conference speech. chancellor philip hammond reiterated theresa may's conference speechlj can report to the british people that their hard work is paying off and the iran of austerity is finally coming to an end. —— the area of austerity. —— era. coming to an end. —— the area of austerity. -- era. at present, the deal and coherent on its own terms and it is why it is so important for the public to have a say. and then after one of the longest and most
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significant cabinet meetings of modern times, ministers agreed to support theresa may's plans for leaving the eu. the collective decision of cabinet was that the government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outlying political declaration. this isa outlying political declaration. this is a decisive step. the prime minister warned that the draft withdrawal agreement was the best on offer but not everyone is happy. withdrawal agreement was the best on offer but not everyone is happym bridges the red line. the next day, theresa may lost her second brexit secretary and dominic rather resigned saying he now could not support the deal. if you look at what has been proposed, it is not only damaging to the economy but it is impossible to reconcile with the mrs we made at the next —— last election. he was closely followed by esther mcveigh, the work and pensions secretary, and otherjunior ministers. is it not the case that
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you are in office but you are not in power? i am going to do my job of getting the best deal for button. the prime minister. and it was then back to the commons for the prime minister to sell her deal to parliament. she received little support from her backbenchers, or dup partners. she clearly doesn't listen. as my right honourable friend says and hours don't match, should i write to my friend and sale west. this backstop is completely intolerable and i feel confident that in the unlikely event that legislation for it reaches this house, it will be from rigidly opposed. a group of tory brexiteers decided now was their moment and tried to trigger a leadership challenge. buying courage and collea g u es challenge. buying courage and colleagues to submit letters to the chairman of the backbench 1922 chairman of the backbench1922 committee. many claims they no
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longer had confidence in theresa may. 0ther longer had confidence in theresa may. other group failed to get the required number of mps to back their plan at this stage. stephen barclay was made as the new brexit quickly and amber rudd returns to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary. and, finally, after more than 18 months of negotiations, eu leaders endorsed the brexit withdrawal agreement but that didn't stop speculation around how long theresa may could continue as prime minister or whether she would be able to get the deal signed off by parliament. she embarked on a tour of the uk to try and sell the deal to the public but was criticised for not trying harder with her own mps. the eyes to the right, 311, the government suffered three successive defeats in parliament, something that hasn't happened for 40 years. in an unprecedented move, the government was found to be in co nte m pt of government was found to be in contempt of parliament and forced to
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brush the attorney general‘s legal advice to cabinet. mps were also given more powers if the government, and fails in parliament. theresa may open what was meant to be five days of debate on the withdrawal agreement. and with my whole heart, i committed this motion to the house. it was a struggle. promises of taking back control from a government that is so out of control. neath the camouflage, we find the same old eu institutions as the customs union and singles market. we shouldn't have a vote, -- we should have a vote and we will campaign to remain in the european union, we believe that is in the national interest. i will not vote on this deal on any other basis than a ghost of the people for their approval. the day before the meaningful vote was supposed to be held, theresa may decided to put it,
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exceptin held, theresa may decided to put it, except in g was staring defeat in the face. there was anger and out rage and brussels said the deal was done and could be open.“ rage and brussels said the deal was done and could be open. if we held the deal tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin. as theresa may embarked on a whistle—stop tour of european capitals, her backbenchers were plotting against her. in the last 20 minutes, it has been confirmed that theresa may is to face a leadership challenge after enough mps backed a vote of no—confidence. challenge after enough mps backed a vote of no-confidence. it is for me to inform and consult with the prime minister, idid to inform and consult with the prime minister, i did that over the telephone last night, and then to proceed with the ballot as you as is reasonably practical. on the grass in front of parliament, pro—and anti—theresa may supporters lined up to make their pages to the camera but at 9pm on the dot, the chairman of the 1922 backbench committee announced... the parliamentary party does have confidence in theresa may.
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this has been a long and challenging day but at the end of it i am seized to have received the backing of my colleagues into night '5 added. whilst colleagues into night 's added. whilst i am grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me andl colleagues did cast a vote against me and i have listened to what they said. as a major concession, theresa may had agreed not to go into the next general election as the conservative party leader but even this wasn't enough for some. the prime minister must realise that under all constitutional norms she ought to go and see the queen urgently and resign. for theresa may, it was back to business as usual as she headed back to brussels to try and get reassurance from eu leaders on the irish backstop but in a late—night press conference she was sat down by the eu. we can ask for some clarifications. we... after
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having it out with jean—claude juncker, theresa may left the summit empty—handed. the government said the debate and meaningful vote on the debate and meaningful vote on the brexit il would not be brought before parliament until january. the brexit il would not be brought before parliament untiljanuary. the prime minister runaway... forjeremy corbyn, this was not enough and after some tooling and froing, he tabled a motion calling for a vote of no—confidence in the prime minister herself. i'm about to tabled this motion, that this house has no confidence in the prime minister. but not the big parliament free bazooka, a binding vote of no confidence in the whole of and, which other opposition parties were calling for. downing street dismissed the move is a silly political gimmick and refused to make time for such a vote. another memorable 12 months with brexit yet
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unresolved continuing into 2019 and probably beyond. politics life will be here to guide you through and until then, i be here to guide you through and untilthen, iam be here to guide you through and until then, i am off for a rest. ——politics live. not a bad day out there today. bright and breezy and for some of us, blue skies, for others, showers. a beautiful afternoon in perth but we have some of those showers packing in, particular the north west of scotland and northern ireland, too. for the rest of the weekend, sunshine and showers. rainfall many of us on sunday, courtesy of this weather system. waiting in the wind is the next area of low pressure and that will move
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in tonight and tomorrow. for the rest of the afternoon, showers across the north west of scotland, one or two in north west england, for the rest of us mostly dry. temperatures still mild in the south, ten to 12 degrees here, in the north, typically six to nine celsius. into the evening, we keep shop shelves in the north of scotland. elsewhere, tried for the first half of the night but more cloud and rain in the west during the early hours of sunday. the soggy start in northern ireland, north—west england and wales and two. further east, colder conditions, frost across central and eastern parts of scotland. tomorrow will yield different to today because of the influence of these two fronts, moving in from the west, wishing eastwards through the day. rain across northern ireland, northern england, down to wales, resume rain further south across england. it should dry up for
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northern ireland but england and wales staying cloudy and risley. scotla nd wales staying cloudy and risley. scotland should see the best of the dry and right weather with sunshine especially north of the central out. in the south—east of england, 13 degrees, very mild was again. high—pressure hills as we head into monday. there will be a lot of dry weather but we have still at reduced up weather but we have still at reduced up infront weather but we have still at reduced up in front which will be slow to clear from the south west. christmas eve, a bit of rain in wales, central england and further west. for the rest of the country, a dry day, light winds, some mist and fog patches that would be slow to clear, and whether fog lingers, temperatures won't be far off freezing but it will be milder further south. heading into christmas day, dry most of us, a patchy frost and fog the morning, mostly cloudy but also some spells of sunshine, too. this is bbc news.
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the headlines at three. two people are arrested in connection with the drone sightings which brought gatwick airport to a standstill. the airport aims to run a full service today — but passengers continue to suffer delays and cancellations. it is horrible. it goes against your human rights. a row over the money for donald trump's border wall results in a partial shutdown of the us government. retailers pin their hopes on super saturday to boost christmas shopping sales — in what's been described as unprecedented levels of discounting, after a disappointing year for the high street. also coming up this hour. transforming the lives of hundreds of babies while still in the womb. surgery for unborn babies with spinal defects is to be made
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