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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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Newspaper headlines: NHS doctors and Tory MPs’ festive threat

Newspaper headlines: NHS doctors and Tory MPs’ festive threat By BBC News Staff Image caption The Guardian says immigration rules are to be relaxed to allow more doctors from outside the EU to fill widespread NHS gaps. The paper says the change comes as the government is under pressure to explain how health service under-staffing will be addressed after Brexit. Image caption The Daily Telegraph reports the number of Tory MPs who have spoken out against Theresa May’s Brexit deal has hit 100. The PM’s “charm offensive” is failing and…

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Brexit vote: Nine Tory tribes Theresa May needs to convince

Image copyright Reuters With a Commons vote on her Brexit agreement set for 11 December, Theresa May has less than two weeks to turn her fortunes around. However, at this point, the prime minister’s deal seems to have only further entrenched Tory battle lines against her. The number of Conservative MPs against the deal currently floats at around 93, according to the latest BBC tally. This only includes those who have explicitly stated they don’t support it. Total opposition, including Tory MPs who have yet to publicly declare their position,…

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Tory peer Baroness Trumpington dies at 96

Former Tory minister and government whip Baroness Trumpington has died at the age of 96. The peer, who retired from the Lords last year, served in the Department of Health and Ministry of Agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s. Seven years ago, footage showing her making a V-sign at a fellow Tory over what she saw as a rude remark about her age went viral online. In the World War Two, she worked in naval intelligence at Bletchley Park. Fluent in French and German, the then 18-year-old worked as a…

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Eurosceptic Tory MP John Hayes given knighthood

Image copyright Reuters The Conservative backbench MP John Hayes has been granted a knighthood. Number 10 said the Queen had approved the honour for the South Holland and The Deepings MP, who was a transport minister until a reshuffle in January. Sir John, a long-standing sceptic about the UK’s membership of the EU, has been critical of the PM’s Brexit deal. Labour shadow minister Chris Matheson said it would be an “act of desperation” for the PM “to be giving away knighthoods” to win deal backing. The prime minister is…

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Tory rebellion over fixed-odds betting terminals

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals? The government is facing a rebellion over when a crackdown on fixed-odds gambling machines is introduced. Ministers have promised to cut the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in October 2019 – but some MPs are calling for it to happen sooner. More than 20 Conservatives have joined opposition politicians in trying to bring the change forward to April 2019. They are backing amendments to the Finance Bill, which are due to be tabled later. The government…

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Theresa May ‘wins over’ Tory critics at Brexit meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has been applauded by Tory MPs at a meeting in which she sought to persuade her critics to get behind her in Brexit talks. The prime minister addressed the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, many of whom are seeking a change of approach. Asked by one MP what concessions she had made to the EU, she set out areas where the EU had given ground. Former minister Amber Rudd said the PM “won the room” while another MP said it was a “petting zoo,…

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Northern Ireland: Tory MPs urge Theresa May to ditch unsolved killings probe

Image copyright PA Image caption Former soldiers staged a protest outside the Ministry of Defence Theresa May is facing demands from 150 Tory MPs and peers to drop plans to investigate past crimes in Northern Ireland and other military conflicts. In a letter to the PM, they say a new Historical Investigations Unit would put “service and security personnel at an exceptional disadvantage”. And they accuse the government of breaking the Armed Forces Covenant – its manifesto commitment to personnel. The Northern Ireland Office declined a request for comment. Proposals…

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The puzzle of the people least likely to vote Tory

Image copyright Getty Images Black and ethnic minority communities are as diverse in their values and beliefs as the rest of the population. So, why do these voters overwhelmingly support the Labour Party over the Tories? The Conservative Party faces a serious challenge when it comes to securing the support of non-white voters. About three-quarters vote Labour, while fewer than one in five vote Conservative, according to the 2017 British Election Study (BES). Unless the pattern changes, this is a headache for the Tories which could worsen in the long…

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Plymouth University Tory group suspended over T-shirts

Image copyright Withheld Image caption The Conservative Party has said members identified will be suspended A university Conservative society has been suspended after a photo appearing to show members sporting racist and anti-Semitic messages emerged. The picture, taken at a nightclub in Plymouth, shows a group wearing blue T-shirts daubed with black marker pen. Some in the picture appear to have a Star of David drawn on their necks, while one appears to have a Hitler-style moustache scrawled on his lip. The Conservative Party vowed to suspend any members identified…

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