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Democracy undermined on all sides as Brexit starts to take shape | Letters 12/12/2017 - 20:44
Alexandra Runswick of Unlock Democracy on the abuse of statutory instruments; Paul Lally on the politically incoherent EU; Fawzi Ibrahim on the end of the phoney phase of negotiations; Roderick MacFarquhar on the absent text of the...
Children need trained teachers, not careerists | Letters 12/12/2017 - 20:42
Professor Marilyn Leask expresses her serious doubts about the value of Teach First, Melian Mansfield says education policy should be based on research, and John Freeman says there’s a simple way to stop schools improperly excluding pupils

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Why no Beano about Corbyn’s peace award? | Letters 12/12/2017 - 20:40

Jeremy Corbyn’s peace award | Corybn misprint | May on climate change | Whittle’s memorial jet | Pocket money | Coping with snow and ice

Last Friday, 8 December, Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the prestigious MacBride International Peace Prize in Geneva. Sean MacBride was the co-founder of...

Ruth Davidson says she would consider standing to be an MP in future 12/12/2017 - 20:35

Scottish Conservative leader, seen by some Tories as party’s great centrist hope, hints at possible switch to Commons in 2021

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has said she is prepared to try to switch from Holyrood to the House of Commons by putting herself forward...

Brexit debate: how many MPs does it take to fill eight hours of dead air? | John Crace 12/12/2017 - 20:31

Barely 30 Tory MPs bothered to make the effort to turn up – not because they didn’t care but because there was no need

Brexit can often have the air of a tired TV game show in the Commons. One hosted for the most part by children’s TV presenters who are well past their sell-by date. On...

Tory aide raped woman in MP's office in parliament, court hears 12/12/2017 - 20:20

Samuel Armstrong, chief of staff for Craig Mackinlay, abused his position to attack woman, Southwark crown court told

An MP’s chief of staff raped a woman in the Houses of Parliament after a night of drinking, a court has heard.

Samuel Armstrong was accused of attacking the woman in...

Donald Tusk says getting Brexit deal by next autumn will be 'furious race against time' – as it happened 12/12/2017 - 19:29

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating the EU withdrawal bill

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David Davis scrambles to salvage EU relations after 'damaging trust' 12/12/2017 - 19:15

Brexit secretary moves to persuade Guy Verhofstadt that UK can be trusted after claiming deal to progress talks was just ‘statement of intent’

David Davis has scrambled to salvage relations with Brussels after he was accused of damaging trust in the Brexit talks by making inflammatory...

Ceasefire 12/12/2017 - 19:01
Could bringing together young and old bridge the generation gap exposed by the Brexit vote?