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Lib Dems suspend leadership contest until 2021

Image copyright Getty Images The Liberal Democrats have suspended their leadership contest for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The party had been due to elect a successor to Jo Swinson in July. The contest will now begin in May 2021. MP Sir Ed Davey and party president Mark Pack will remain as acting […]

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In full: PM’s statement on his coronavirus

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn a video on Twitter, Boris Johnson says he is self-isolating and will continue to work from home. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Here is his statement in full: Hi folks I want to bring you up to speed with something’s that happening […]

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urged to face MPs during break

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson should take questions from a group of senior MPs twice a week while Parliament is shut, one Conservative MP has said. Chair of the Commons Defence Committee Tobias Ellwood says this would ensure “partial scrutiny” can continue. Parliament has closed for one month to combat the spread of coronavirus. But […]

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Parliament to close on Wednesday evening

Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica TaylorImage caption The bird’s eye view of the Commons from PMQs showed space on the green benches Parliament is to close on Wednesday evening, now that emergency powers to deal with the coronavirus emergency have been passed into law. MPs will vote to plan for a managed return on Tuesday 21 […]

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Coronavirus: No extra help for airlines, chancellor says

Image copyright Getty Images The UK chancellor has told airlines to find other forms of funding and not turn first to the government for help getting through the coronavirus crisis. Demand for tickets has collapsed forcing companies to ground aircraft. Aviation bosses have been lobbying the government for a targeted aid package to stop firms […]