Collapse of Virgin Trains East Coast deal leaves taxpayers £2BILLION out of pocket | Politics | News

The Government today confirmed it was taking the routes back into public control, just three years into an eight-year deal which would have been worth £3.3billion had it been seen through to a conclusion. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the decision in an announcement in the House of Commons today – immediately drawing condemnation from Labour and trade union leaders who dubbed it a “bailout”. Virgin Trains East Coast, spearheaded by managing director David Horne, won the contract to run the East Coast line after it was privatised in 2015.  …

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Brexit news: Labour bid to force May to reveal customs union plan DEFEATED | Politics | News

The party’s motion would have required the government to release to Parliament all papers prepared for the Brexit sub-committee on the two customs models, including any economic analysis. However, it was narrowly defeated by 301 votes to 269. Using an archaic procedural device it successfully deployed last year, Labour tabled “an humble address” asking the Queen to order minsiters to release further papers. It wanted access to “all papers, presentations and economic analyses” prepared since the start of 2018 for the Prime Minister’s Brexit sub-committee and linked working groups on…

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Windrush scandal: Victims tell committee of pain and anguish | Politics | News

Paulette Wilson and Anthony Bryan arrived in Britain in the 1960s as primary school-aged children and have lived in the country since. Appearing in front of parliament’s human rights committee investigating the Windrush scandal, both detailed their experiences in which they were continuously asked to provide more detailed records of their lives stretching back decades, only to be told that if they failed to prove their legal status, they would be deported. Ms Wilson described how she was detained for a week despite living in Britain since 1968 before being…

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Brexit news: Jacob Rees-Mogg FUMES at university boss for Project Fear scaremongering | Politics | News

Professor Michael Arthur from University College London, who chairs the Russell Group of elite universities EU group, had claimed that UK seats of learning would plunge from second best in the world league table on research behind America to 20th. But pressed on the claim during a Brexit committee hearing in the Commons, Professor Arthur said: “I will confess I plucked a number out of the air. “I don’t know but I do fear we could slip down those international league tables.” The admission by the leading Brexit critic drew…

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Brexit news: Peers vote for UK to be tied to EU’s environment rules | Politics | News

This afternoon’s vote marks the 15th defeat the Government has suffered at the hands of peers. The Lords voted by 294 to 244 – a majority of 50 – to approve the latest change to the EU Withdrawal Bill this afternoon. Supporters of the amendment said it will ensure continued environmental protection as well as establishing a powerful watchdog tasked with policing regulations. But in a scathing attack on “Remain protagonists”, Tory Lord Framlingham warned colleagues “history will not be kind” to the Lords for its conduct during the Brexit…

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EU in bid to KEEP best UK workers after Brexit revealed in leaked memo | Politics | News

The Parliament’s Secretary-General Klaus Welle described British staff as “valued members of the EU civil service and of our European team” in the email sent in a bid to reassure the administration of the future after Brexit. British officials will be able to keep their European Parliament jobs after Brexit, Mr Welle wrote in the memo seen by Politico. He added the Parliament’s administration will “not require British officials to resign on the ground that they will no longer have the nationality of a member state”. The email added: “Those…

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PMQs: May shuts down Corbyn as he fails to rule out second referendum | Politics | News

In a heated debate during Prime Minister Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Prime Minister Theresa May of being too concerned with the division of her cabinet than with the urgency to crack on with the Brexit negotiations.  Mr Corbyn claimed the PM’s promise of frictionless borders between the UK and the EU was being overshadowed by the “friction” among her own team. But Mrs May brilliantly hit back highlighting the contradictive positions of key members of the Labour party on the issue of a second EU referendum, putting the…

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PMQs live: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Brexit, Israel and Windrush | Politics | News

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will clash in the House of Commons at midday, with PMQs sure to focus on Brexit, Windrush and the bloodshed in Palestine.  With Mr Corbyn a strong supporter of Palestine, the massacre of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces will undoubtedly be on the agenda.  The Windrush scandal also continues to rumble on while Brexit, as ever, will divide the house.  This is a live blog. Refresh the page for the latest updates from PMQs, which starts at 12pm.  12.53pm: Free at last …and it’s…

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Royal Princess cruise ship review | Cruise | Travel

Mark Katzman The WOW factor – The Royal Princess Cruise Atrium Now with a full complement of three staircases and lift stations – just like its sister ships – Princess Royal is probably still the most glamorous of the cruise line’s 17 ships. To add to the glitz is an onboard collection of Kate Middleton memorabilia, including the dress she wore for the naming and scissors she used to cut loose the champagne – plus a letter to the captain and crew signed simply Catherine. And fittingly, for 2018, Royal…

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14 Surprising Women’s Clothing Stores That Carry Plus Sizes

Over the past several months, many of your favorite mall retailers added inclusive sizing to their clothing racks. Loft now carries bright prints and bold patterns in sizes 16 to 26. The work-wardrobe experts at White House Black Market expanded their sizes up to 24W. Reese Whitherspoon’s clothing brand Draper James partnered with Eloquii to launch a full range of sizes. Even sustainable clothing brand Reformation low-key added a plus-size collection, saying, “Sorry it took us so long.” It’s been a good year for inclusive fashion. While we still have a…

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