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Spy poisoning: UK plays down Russia complaint at plane search

[ad_1] Image copyright Ennio Varani Image caption The plane was inspected on Friday at Heathrow The UK has rejected a complaint from Russia over a search of one of its aircraft at London's Heathrow Airport, as a row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy deepens.The British government described the search of the Aeroflot plane on Friday as "routine" after Russia suggested it was "illegal". Dozens of diplomats have
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Anti-Semitism row official Christine Shawcroft quits Labour NEC

[ad_1] Image copyright Rex Features/Shutterstock/BBC Image caption Jeremy Corbyn had been under pressure to sack Christine Shawcroft from the NEC The Labour official at the centre of an anti-Semitism row has resigned from the party's ruling committee.Christine Shawcroft said her membership of the NEC had "become a distraction for the party and an excuse for endless intrusive media harassment of myself, my family and friends".The row erupted after it emerged
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Who spent what on Facebook during 2017 election campaign?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Last week we learned more about the political adverts on Facebook pumped into people's feeds ahead of last year's general election.Using the site is free but getting noticed can be expensive.The Electoral Commission has published a detailed breakdown of party spending in the run up to 8 June.The figures show the Conservatives spent far more than Labour on Facebook - but their posts reached fewer people.How
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Gender pay gap deadline: What to know

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The vast majority of firms pay men more than women, BBC analysis shows. Britain's biggest companies have less than a week to publish their gender pay gap figures, but just over two-thirds of companies have done so. With days to go until the 4 April deadline, over 6,000 companies have disclosed the difference between what they pay male and female employees. Companies who
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Corbyn: Labour must do better on anti-Semitism

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour must "do better" as a row continues over how the party deals with hostility to Jews.In a Passover message, he said it was easy to denounce anti-Semitism abroad but sometimes harder to see it closer to home. It came as Jewish Labour peer Lord Winston said Mr Corbyn had "encouraged and endorsed" anti-Semites.Dozens of Labour politicians are urging him to suspend
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MPs urge Corbyn to suspend Shawcroft amid anti-Semitism row

[ad_1] Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Christine Shawcroft resigned as head of the disputes committee but MPs say she should be sacked from Labour's governing body A group of 39 Labour politicians have called on Jeremy Corbyn to suspend the party's former disputes chief amid the ongoing row over anti-Semitism.In an open letter, MPs and peers called for Christine Shawcroft to be suspended from the National Executive Committee.Ms Shawcroft had
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Engineering giant GKN sold to Melrose for £8bn

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption GKN is a partner on the F-35 joint strike aircraft One of Britain's oldest engineering firms has been sold for £8.1bn to a controversial investment firm.GKN, which has had a hand in making everything from Minis to Spitfires, lost its battle to stay independent.Melrose Industries, which specialises in turning round troubled manufacturing businesses and selling them on, won the backing of 52% of
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The dispute over how Labour’s disputes are handled

[ad_1] Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Christine Shawcroft has resigned as head of the disputes committee, after three months Labour's disputes panel is appropriately named.It consists of - in effect - the whole of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) and the balance of power changed last autumn when its membership expanded, and three new representatives - all from the leftwing grassroots group Momentum - were elected.Out went not the