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Brexit: Move to head off another Tory rebellion

Brexit: Move to head off another Tory rebellion 15 December 2017 Related Topics Brexit Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Tory rebels defeated the government on Wednesday The government looks likely to avoid another potential Commons defeat on Brexit, the BBC understands. Tory rebels have been concerned about plans to put the Brexit date and time – 11pm on 29 March 2019 – into law. But backbenchers have tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill allowing some flexibility. Ministers are highly likely to accept the amendment in a vote next week, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said....

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Greens put £150m price on Scottish budget support

Scottish budget 2017: Greens put £150m price on support 15 December 2017 comments Related Topics Scottish Budget 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish Greens backed last year’s budget after winning concessions from Mr Mackay during two months of talks The Greens have said they cannot support the Scottish budget as it stands – but could do so if an extra £150m is given to councils. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay outlined his draft budget on Thursday, including a new five-band income tax system. The minority SNP government will need the support of at least one other party...

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Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment ‘as banter’

Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment ‘as banter’ 15 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Teachers should be aware of the likelihood that that harassment can spread on social media Sexual harassment or violence at school should never be dismissed as “banter”, new Department for Education guidance to schools and colleges has stressed. “Sexting” explicit images and videos of under-18s is illegal, it says, and girls are the most likely victims. Schools still have a duty to act if incidents outside school are reported. The Women and Equalities Committee described the issuing of the guidance as...

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