Minister apologises for homeless ‘tinkers’ email

Image copyright Conservative Party Image caption Heather Wheeler has been an MP since 2010 A minister has apologised for using “inappropriate language” in an email discussing rough sleepers. Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler said rough sleepers in her constituency were “the traditional type, old tinkers, knife-cutters”. Mrs Wheeler was criticised by homeless and traveller charities for […]

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Holiday pay case could cover all NI civil servants

Image copyright Getty Images More Northern Ireland government departments could be hit with backdated holiday pay claims after a successful legal challenge by police officers. The Court of Appeal ruled this week that Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) staff were owed money for a shortfall in pay going back 20 years. Individual payments could […]

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Tory leadership rivals back Islamophobia inquiry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTory candidates back party Islamophobia investigation All five Conservative leadership candidates have said they will support an independent inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within their party. Sajid Javid challenged the other candidates on Tuesday’s BBC TV debate to commit to an external investigation and the others appeared […]

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Peterborough by-election ‘malpractice’ police inquiry

Image copyright Geograph/Dylan Moore Police are investigating five allegations of malpractice relating to a by-election won by Labour in Peterborough earlier this month. Lisa Forbes was elected as the city’s MP after the former Labour incumbent Fiona Onasanya was forced out after being jailed for lying about speeding. Cambridgeshire Police said it was looking into […]

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