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MPs to discuss petition calling for mandatory TV election debates

Image caption TV history was made in 2010, but there were fewer at subsequent elections A petition calling for leaders’ TV debates to become a “regular fixture” during general elections is to be discussed in Parliament.MPs will debate the petition on Monday, after it secured the 100,000 signatures required for it to be considered.It calls…

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Brexit ferry firm Seaborne in terms and conditions gaffe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the Seaborne contract A firm awarded a government contract to provide extra ferry services has used website terms and conditions apparently intended for a takeaway food firm.Seaborne Freight was given the £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in…

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Brexit deal provides certainty, Gove to tell farmers

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May’s Brexit deal gives farmers certainty about the future, Environment Secretary Michael Gove will say.In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, Mr Gove will argue the agreement struck last year will ensure a smooth transition period for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. He will also say Brexit…

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Grayling defends no-deal Brexit ferry contract

Image copyright Getty Images Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the government’s choice of a UK company with no ships as one of the providers of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Mr Grayling told the BBC he would make no apologies for “supporting a new British business”.The firm, Seaborne Freight, won…

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Brexit: Jeremy Hunt says UK ‘can learn lessons’ from Singapore

Image copyright AFP The UK can “learn lessons” from Singapore but is not looking to follow its economic model after Brexit, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.Mr Hunt, who is on a visit to the Asian city-state, said Singapore’s success was grounded in long-term investment in education and infrastructure.But he said the UK would not…