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Home Office confirms only five asylum-seekers returned in 2021

The Home Office has confirmed that only five asylum-seekers have been returned to the European nations in 2021, amid post-Brexit difficulties on a returns agreement. Tom Pursglove, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Immigration, confirmed to the home affairs committee that illegal Channel crossings rose to 23,000 this year, compared to 8,500 last year. Despite…

Chope booed for telling female MP to ‘apply her mind’

Christopher Chope, who yesterday blocked plans to undo Andrea Leadsom’s standards motion, was booed in the House of Commons today for telling a female Conservative MP to “apply her mind”. Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, asked how long the Christchurch MP would like to spend debating the issue, saying: “We’ve had almost four-and-a-half…

Rafiq: ‘I got pinned down and red wine got poured down my throat’

Former Yorkshire County cricketer Azeem Rafiq has outlined the extensive racist abuse he received whilst playing for the club. Talking to the digital, culture, media and sport parliamentary committee, Rafiq said: “I felt isolated, humiliated at times, constant use of the word ‘Paki’. “In 2017 pre-season tour we were in a place and Gary Ballance…

The impossible property ladder

The property ladder is a metaphor synonymous in the UK for a person’s desire to progress through the various stages of homeownership.  Whether it’s due to a shortage of affordable homes, salaries outstripping house prices, or even the heavier tax burdens facing Britain’s younger generation, making that first step onto the property ladder has arguably…

Lords question government response to Zaghari-Ratcliffe detention

Members of the House of Lords questioned the government’s response to Iran’s continued detention of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe today. The urgent question was proposed by Labour peer Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, who asked: “Can the minister use his undoubted influence with the prime minister to get him to make it his now, his top priority…

Government refuses to declare atrocities in Xinjiang a genocide

Government refuses to declare atrocities in Xinjiang a genocide in its response to the Foreign Affairs Committee publishes the Government Response to its report “Never Again: The UK’s Responsibility to Act on Atrocities in Xinjiang and Beyond”, published over the weekend. The Government states that it will not “make determinations in relation to genocide” in…

Developed countries urged to double climate aid as COP talks spill into Saturday

The newest climate agreement draft has just been released by the UN after COP26 negotiations surpassed their Friday deadline. This is the text international delegates will negotiate later today. The “CMA” is a proposal to meet the obligations of the landmark Paris Agreement, and is an abbreviation of the “Conference of the Parties serving as the…

£81,932: Do MPs earn enough money?

Do MPs earn enough money? It is a question that is polarising opinion in Westminster, as revelations of MPs second jobs show that many earn five and six-figure salaries aside from their day job. The father of the house, Sir Peter Bottomley, has in recent weeks called for MPs to be paid more to prevent…

Irish minister warns of ‘fragile’ situation in Northern Ireland ahead of UK-EU talks

Ireland’s European Affairs minister has today warned that the situation in Northern Ireland “is clearly very fragile”, as the UK-EU talks over the deal governing the British region post-Brexit rumble on with little sign of breakthrough. His comments come ahead of another scheduled meeting between Lord Frost and the EU Commission’s vice president Maroš Šefčovič…

The Prince Charles Manifesto

One day, Prince Charles will be king, and will have a weekly audience with the prime minister. In 2015, his letters to ministers between 2004 and 2005 were revealed to the public, later named the “black spider memos”. Putting together these policies and interests, Politics.co.uk has put together a sort-of ‘Prince Charles’ Manifesto’. The post…

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