No ministers could become NI ‘new normal’

Image caption David Sterling, the head of the NI Civil Service, made the warning in a BBC documentary The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has said he is concerned the absence of elected ministers could become “the new normal”. Civil servants have been in effect running departments since the executive collapsed two years […]

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Shadow cabinet clash over anti-Semitism

Image copyright PA and Shutterstock Image caption Tom Watson, left, was criticised by Ian Lavery, right, for wanting a Labour branch to be suspended Two of Labour’s most senior figures had a row over anti-Semitism at a shadow cabinet meeting, sources have told the BBC. Party chairman Ian Lavery criticised deputy leader Tom Watson over […]

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Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

Image copyright AFP The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a “secretive and flawed procurement process”. The move comes days after Seaborne, […]

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Labour: 673 anti-Semitism complaints in 10 months

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour members have been protesting against anti-Semitism in the party The Labour Party has received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members. A letter from the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, revealed the figures after she was pushed by MPs for specific details. She […]

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