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No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations' image
....The foreign secretary was immediately contradicted by Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry, who said such a move would be very bad for businesses and “a recipe for chaos on a number of fronts”. Open Britain, which groups a series of formerly pro-remain MPs from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, said leaving with no deal would mean the UK “choosing the most extreme position of all major trading nations”. ...
Democrats question Trump 'conflict of interest' with Deutsche Bank investigation image
. Senior Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for a congressional investigation into the justice department’s handling of an ongoing inquiry into Deutsche Bank, saying that Donald Trump had conflicts of interest with the German bank, his biggest creditor. ...
Budget 2017: Self-employed 'tax raid' a 'rookie error' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 09:22:56 AM
....". Labour and the Liberal Democrats have criticised the change - as did more than a dozen Conservative MPs, including Iain Duncan Smith, John Redwood, Anna Soubry and Dominic Raab. ...
May defends 'fair' National Insurance rise amid criticism image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:28:31 PM
....Think tank backs NI rise. Labour and the Liberal Democrats criticised the change - as did more than a dozen Conservative MPs, including Iain Duncan Smith, John Redwood, Anna Soubry and Dominic Raab. ...
May and Hammond face serious Tory revolt over tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:59:51 PM
....”. The Liberal Democrats are also opposed, with their party leader, Tim Farron, saying ministers faced “a humiliating defeat over this OmNICshambles budget” and should change course. ...
Budget 2017: manifesto row clouds chancellor's attempt at low-key package image
.... “The deficit is down but debt is still too high,” the chancellor said as he banked a one-off windfall from stronger-than-expected tax receipts since the EU referendum. The NICs move will boost Treasury revenues by just over £600m in 2019-20 but was condemned by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and some Conservatives. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
Donald Trump has made rookie mistakes – he must change his approach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 08:59:39 AM
....Bill Clinton attempted to remake America’s healthcare system. He failed, leading to a stunning loss for Democrats in the 1994 midterm congressional elections. ...
Government defeated on Brexit bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:06:57 PM
....". Seven Conservative peers voted in favour of the amendment, which was proposed by Labour with the support of the Liberal Democrats. ...
Trump lays out hike in military spending image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 09:03:25 PM
.... . Mr Trump's plan is expected to face backlash from Democrats and some Republicans over the planned cuts to domestic programmes. ...
Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 05:03:58 PM
....”. Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrats’ former coalition government transport minister, praised Grayling’s thinking. ...
Ministers expected to soften impact of business rate changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 09:03:22 PM
....His colleague, Bill Esterson, the shadow business minister, called for a “comprehensive overhaul” of the entire system. The Liberal Democrats are also attacking the government over the controversy, and have picked out individual companies badly hit including the restaurant featured in the hit television programme, First Dates, which will face a 37% increase in rates – equivalent to almost £27,000. ...
Business rate rises: government warns of 'campaign of half-truths' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 09:22:16 AM
....In an email to Tory MPs, Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, and David Gauke, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said there had been “a relentless campaign of distortions and half-truths” about a business rate revaluation and said most firms would not see a rise. However, ratings agency Gerald Eve and the Liberal Democrats, which have done separate analyses, say the figures have been underestimated. ...
Hammond in ‘listening mode’ on business rates after backlash from Tories image
....An analysis by the consultancy Gerald Eve was also reported to show that rates will only fall in 135 council areas, not the 259 claimed by the government. The controversy led to the Liberal Democrats accusing the ministers of misleading people with “half truths”. ...
Senators grill Janet Yellen on Republican plans to neuter Dodd-Frank Act image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:35:18 PM
.... I would also hope that fiscal policy changes will be consistent with putting US fiscal accounts on a sustainable trajectory,” she said. The committee’s questions displayed the split between Republicans and Democrats in the wake of Trump’s victory. ...
Brexit weekly briefing: article 50 moves closer but EU dashes divorce deal hopes image
.... It isn’t a concession – it’s an ultimatum. The other amendment would have given all EU citizens in the UK permanent residency after Britain leaves the EU (although the Liberal Democrats say they are confident of enough cross-party support to get this one through the Lords, where the government’s Brexit bill heads next. ...
Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs exec, confirmed as treasury secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:50:03 AM
....Mnuchin was approved on a mostly party-line vote of 53-47 with Joe Manchin, a senator facing re-election in 2018 in conservative West Virginia, acting as the lone Democrat to vote in Mnuchin’s favor. The vote capped off yet another contentious debate in the Senate over Trump’s fledgling administration, as Democrats cried foul over Mnuchin’s ties to Wall Street. ...
Greece hopeful of imminent EU debt  deal     despite German warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 07:53:55 PM
.... “For that, Greece would have to leave the monetary union,” he said. His stance has been supported by Germany’s Liberal party, currently in opposition, but the Social Democrats, the junior coalition partner, have voiced concern. ...
Devil-may-care investors fall under spell of Trump-mania image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 02:31:01 PM
....Figures this week show borrowings by CCC-rated companies have increased by two-thirds in the past year. Trump needs to win over eight Democrats in the Senate to push through his agenda; that looks increasingly unlikely. ...
Democrats must do to the Dakota pipeline what they did to Betsy DeVos: resist | Kate Aronoff image
....Polling from October suggests that a majority of Americans believe the pipeline project was not properly reviewed. Among Democrats, a full 70% believe more study is needed – a study unlikely to come now that the army has called off its earlier demand for a thorough environmental impact study. ...
This belated Tory conversion to industrial strategy is tragic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 06:59:17 AM
.... But the odds are not good. The Liberal Democrats are playing a blinder in their opposition. ...
Jobs for all? In the US that idea is about to be tested to destruction | John Harris image
.... Through the same prism, moreover, you might be able to discern something too often overlooked: that amid Trump’s lies and bigotry, there may lurk a political project of spectacular daring. In the way it put Trump on political ground long assumed to belong to the Democrats, one US columnist said the summit with the unions represented a “great act of political larceny”. ...
City of London launches challenge to boost coffee cup recycling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:01:02 AM
....5bn disposable coffee cups thrown away each year because they believe coffee shop chains are already taking enough action to cut down waste. Environment minister Thérèse Coffey told the Liberal Democrats, who have urged the government to impose a 5p charge similar to that levied on plastic bags, that industry and chains were already doing enough voluntarily. ...
Supreme court rules parliament must have vote to trigger article 50 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 10:12:29 AM
....”. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, confirmed his party would vote against article 50 unless people were given another vote on the final deal. ...
Trump didn’t kill TPP, the people did | Owen Jones image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 09:39:47 AM
.... There is no need to congratulate Trump’s bigoted regime or pretend he has assembled a cabinet that isn’t teeming with corporate interests. The Republicans didn’t co-operate with Barack Obama, and it would surely be a mistake for Democrats to normalise a deeply unpopular demagogue who actively threatens an admittedly already compromised democracy. ...
The Guardian view on industrial strategy: hot air but no liftoff | Editorial image
.... The 2007-08 financial crisis made an irrefutable case against the old hands-off approach, but it took most of a decade for that insight to penetrate the political mainstream. In the years of coalition government, the Liberal Democrats – picking up from New Labour’s Peter Mandelson – pushed for a more vigorous industrial strategy, although their occasional successes were overshadowed by the dominant economic narrative of fiscal contraction. ...
Bernie Sanders supports Trump's TPP order while McCain criticizes opting out image
....Following a meeting with a dozen executives from US manufacturers on Monday, Trump signed an executive order formally ending the US’s participation in the TPP. While the move was largely symbolic – leading Republicans and Democrats had both come out against the deal – it underlined the Trump administration’s determination to end decades of White House support for increased free trade. ...
Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership amid flurry of orders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 05:46:50 PM
.... The policy also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method. Republican administrations have tended to institute such a ban while Democrats have reversed it, most recently President Obama in 2009. ...
MPs question post-Brexit viability of May's industrial strategy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 03:45:43 PM
.... “As we face an uncertain future and economy outside the EU, a new ‘active’ role for government cannot mean actively attacking rights and protections at work under the guise of deregulation and cutting red tape – we’ve been there before,” she said. The SNP and Liberal Democrats, who oppose the UK exiting the single market, were more sceptical. ...
ScotRail boss resigns after pressure over firm's performance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 02:47:38 PM
....ScotRail said the those overall performance figures showed it was the UK’s second best performing franchise, proving that its service improvement strategy was starting to work. The Scottish Liberal Democrats said Yousaf should make an urgent statement to parliament on Verster’s departure. ...
'The swamp is Goldman Sachs': how the bank is rewarded for putting profits over people image
....”. And so conservatives have criticized Trump’s choice of Mnuchin, who has donated to Democrats in the past and who Goldstein calls “a banker’s banker”, noting that he is second-generation Goldman Sachs. ...
Trump is a conservative – but that won't stop him sending deficits soaring image
.... If there is less money to go around later, when the opposition party gets its turn in power, well, that’s just too bad. One only has to recall recent US economic history to confirm the insight of the Italian/Swedish model – and to see the absurdity of claims that Republicans always aim to balance the budget while Democrats always try to spend beyond the country’s means. ...
Austria to ask EU for right to hire locals ahead of other EU workers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 01:02:15 AM
....Fears over immigration and unemployment have put the FPOe ahead in the polls. The pledge is seen as a bid to win back support to the Social Democrats, who last year were eliminated in the first round of the presidential election, along with their traditional mainstream rivals, the centre-right People's Party. ...
Green Investment Bank sale should raise red flags for Theresa May image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 07:53:34 PM
. When it was launched by the coalition government in 2012, the Green Investment Bank seemed to be George Osborne’s sop to the Liberal Democrats and their heretical ideas about industrial strategies. ...
Auto industry's Trump fear: 'Everyone dreads being subject of a tweet' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 7th of January 2017 08:00:14 AM
....Trump won thanks in large part to states where the auto industry is strongest. The Republican candidate took Michigan, home to the auto show and still the industry’s hub, from the Democrats for the first time since 1988 with a campaign that tore into companies that have sent those voters’ jobs abroad, especially to Mexico. ...
Green Investment Bank sale is 'deeply troubling', say Scottish ministers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 09:57:44 AM
....The sale of the Edinburgh-based bank, which supports offshore windfarms and other green projects, is expected to be agreed in January. But the Labour party, Liberal Democrats, Greens and former Conservative ministers have all raised concerns in recent weeks that privatisation may see the bank lose its environmental purpose. ...
Sturgeon: UK could stay in single market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 11:38:21 AM
....The Scottish Greens said it was clear that the only way to guarantee Scotland's European future, defend workers' rights, environmental protections and freedom of movement was as an independent nation within the EU. And the Liberal Democrats said the report was an "expensive exercise in Christmas window dressing, as the only option the first minister really wants to succeed is Scottish independence. ...
UK MPs unite to push for greater transparency from tax havens image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 12:01:33 AM
.... It has won backing from a wide cross-party base of backbench MPs, including including Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative former international development secretary, and Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist party’s Westminster leader. About 80 MPs – among them Greens, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, SNP and SDLP politicians – are due to add their voice to the amendment proposal. ...
Leak reveals Rex Tillerson was director of Bahamas-based US-Russian oil firm image
.... His Exxon pension is worth about $70m. The Senate foreign relations committee is currently split 10 to 9 between Republicans and Democrats. ...
Donald Trump faces Senate backlash over ‘cabinet of billionaires’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 12:04:36 AM
.... The criticism Trump objected to in Des Moines came from a New York Times editorial questioning the Trump administration’s seeming lack of interest in vetting nominees for potential conflicts of interest. Top Democrats and leading ethics and constitutional law experts have also raised concerns about Trump’s selection process. ...
Council tax can rise by 3% a year to help fund social care – Javid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 01:28:55 PM
....He said the money would add up to almost £900m for local authorities over the next two years and announced plans for a wider rethink of how to better integrate health and social care. But the plan was immediately criticised by Labour and Liberal Democrats for being ineffective and regressive as a tax, while some Conservatives also raised concerns that the funding does not go far enough. ...
Government Digital Service faces a brain drain image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 08:51:44 AM
.... . Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, expressed concern at these departures. ...
Mackay to set out Scottish government budget plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:01:59 AM
....The Scottish Lib Dems meanwhile back raising income tax across all bands by 1p, generating funds for education services. Leader Willie Rennie said: "Liberal Democrats are proposing a modest penny on income tax that would deliver hundreds of millions of pounds that can be invested in our schools. ...
Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 07:01:29 PM
....In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the "most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers" in the world. Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, alarming both Democrats and some Republicans. ...
Airbnb a solution to middle-class inequality, company says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:01:57 PM
....Airbnb says it is a solution to the problem of growing middle-class inequality that Donald Trump campaigned on, as it attempts to persuade local governments around the world of what it has to offer. Chris Lehane, head of global policy, told media in Sydney on Tuesday that a struggling middle class was a concern for both the Democrats and the Republican party in the recent presidential election campaign. ...
Four lessons from Donald Trump's US election victory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 11:42:09 AM
.... The party retained control of the Senate, even though more than twice as many Republican seats were up for re-election than Democratic seats, and it lost just a handful of House seats, far fewer than the 20 predicted. Moreover, the Republicans now control 33 governorships, compared with 16 for the Democrats, and have expanded their already large majorities in state legislatures. ...
Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt warns against 'eternal' interim deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:07:07 AM
....Sir Keir said Labour wanted to see tariff-free trade for UK businesses, no new "bureaucratic burdens", protection for the competitiveness of the services and manufacturing sectors and for workplace protections to be maintained. He also said Labour should not fall into the "trap" of trying to "frustrate" Brexit, saying the stance adopted by the Liberal Democrats - who are promising a second referendum on the terms of the exit package - "cannot heal the rift in our society". ...
Stepping back image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:08:00 AM
....She says anything that makes the Trump name more valuable - association with the presidency, for example - will still do so, regardless of whether Mr Trump is involved with day-to-day management or not. She points out, however, that the Democrats have little to teach Mr Trump. ...
King Rex? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 05:09:38 PM
.... . But Mr Tillerson's links to the Kremlin, which awarded him the Order of Friendship in 2013, and his lack of experience have drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, setting up a potential battle in his confirmation hearings in the Senate early next year. ...
Turn RBS into a building society says Co-op party chief image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 02:00:28 PM
.... In February 2010, in the run-up to the election that year, the Conservatives set out plans to sell RBS shares at a discount to the public. The following year, the Liberal Democrats set out ideas to give shares to everyone on the electoral register. ...
Wolfgang Streeck: ‘Look at London – it’s a second Rome. This is what an empire looks like’ image
.... In its deepest crises, he says, modern capitalism has relied on its enemies to wade in with the lifebelt of reform. During the Great Depression of the 30s, it was FDR’s Democrats who rolled out the New Deal, while Britain’s trade unionists allied with Keynes. ...
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will resign from position for second time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 10:55:14 PM
....The company overwhelmingly contributed money to the Clinton campaign – nearly $65,000 to Trump’s $1,400 in contributions. Schultz wrote a downbeat memo to staff when Trump won the election: “[L]ike so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned,” he wrote. ...
Mnuchin promises to boost US growth as Treasury boss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 02:21:46 PM
....And while Republicans maintain control of both chambers of Congress, their grip on the Senate is less firm. There, Republicans are likely to hold only 52 seats, leaving the door open for Democrats to obstruct or delay any tax reform and prevent them from reaching the 60 votes needed. ...
Trump says he will 'leave business' to focus on presidency image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:23:56 PM
.... . He is already taking heat from Democrats. ...
We are living in a depression - that's why Trump took the White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of November 2016 03:29:04 PM
.... There was actually a 16-point net swing to the Republicans between the 2012 and 2016 elections among those earning less than $30,000 a year and a 6-point swing among those earning $30,000 to $50,000. By contrast, there was a swing to the Democrats among those on higher incomes, and this was particularly pronounced among those earning more than $100,000 a year. ...
Trade is the lifeblood of humanity. Closed doors lead to closed minds | Will Hutton image
.... The last time a Republican president and his party controlled both the House of Representatives and Senate with the same convictions on America first trade was 1928. There were warnings that introducing the Smoot-Hawley tariffs on American imports in 1930 would trigger a slump, but America first Republicans could not help themselves and the Democrats were too weak to stop them. ...
The Oval Office will tame President Donald Trump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 10:48:51 AM
....Indeed, Trump is a wealthy real-estate mogul who has lived his entire life among other rich businessmen. He is a savvy marketer who tapped into the political zeitgeist by pandering to working-class Republicans and “Reagan Democrats”, some of whom may have supported Vermont senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. ...
Greenspan backs Fed's independence image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 02:00:18 AM
.... . Mr Trump has accused Ms Yellen of keeping interest rates low to help the Democrats, leading to speculation that she might now resign. ...
Stock markets defy predictions of slump after Trump victory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 06:17:44 PM
....But shares in Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, the US’s two largest gun companies fell back as investors bet that the huge surge in gun sales driven by fears of reform had ended. Trump’s election has effectively put an end to the gun control legislation proposed by Democrats. ...
Will the article 50 ruling stop Brexit? | The panel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of November 2016 12:36:26 PM
.... They have decided that the Brexiteers should have to comply with their own logic – and bow to parliament. Does that mean, as Nigel Farage has said he fears, that a “betrayal” is imminent – that parliament might opt for a “half Brexit”, as the former Ukip leader put it, or even that it might halt Brexit altogether? You can see why that’s a possibility: the remain camp still has a majority in the Commons, when you add up not just Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats but also the estimated 185 Tory MPs who wanted to stay in the EU. ...
Rolls-Royce 'made secret payments' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 31st of October 2016 05:01:05 PM
....He has been photographed receiving a business award from Theresa May and his family has given more than £1. 6m to the Liberal Democrats. ...
UK firms 'won't have to list foreign workers', says Fallon image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 10:45:34 AM
....Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was also critical, saying: "The Conservatives are reckless, divisive and uncaring. With Labour saying they did not object to this disgusting plan in principle, the Liberal Democrats are now the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government. ...
The levy was dry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 12:04:38 PM
.... . On the other hand, the absurdities of the tax code were not created overnight: it was political meddling by successive generations of Democrats and Republicans alike that made the system that way. ...
John Lewis boss chosen as Conservative mayor candidate image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 09:41:18 PM
.... . Beverley Neilsen, a former chief executive of the Heart of England Tourist Board, has been chosen as the Liberal Democrats' candidate. ...
Can Sweden tackle the throwaway society? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 02:25:20 PM
....The VAT rate will be cut from 25% to 12%, and the tax refund will let people reclaim half the labour cost of a repair to white goods and kitchen stoves. The idea of encouraging people to be less wasteful in their everyday lives has been promoted by the Swedish Green party, which is a partner in the country's ruling minority coalition government, along with the Swedish Social Democrats. ...
Panama Papers: Denmark to buy leaked data image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 04:48:57 PM
....But he accepted that there "may be fundamental problems associated with buying leaked information" and said tax authorities "should be cautious". The proposal by the centre-right Venstre party - which rules as a minority government - is said by Danish media to have the support of the other two main parties in parliament, the centre-left Social Democrats and anti-immigration Danish People's Party. ...
Amazon and Starbucks pay less tax than sausage stall, says Austria image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of September 2016 09:55:20 PM
....Apple and the Irish government have criticised the decision and the US firm has said it is confident it will be overturned on appeal. Mr Kern, who heads Austria's Social Democrats and the country's coalition government, also said Facebook and Google had sales of more than 100m euros each in Austria. ...
Brexit may send EU 'down the drain' - German vice chancellor image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 28th of August 2016 07:43:18 PM
....It comes as a new cross-party group called Open Britain was launched. In a joint article for the group in the Sunday Times, three former ministers from the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats accept that the free movement of people cannot continue, but they warn against "pulling up the drawbridge. ...

Donald Trump pressured over tax returns as Clinton surges in swing states 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:03:15 PM
....". But the Democrats suffered their own setback as the personal emails and mobile phone numbers of nearly 200 senior officials, including congressmen, were posted on the internet by suspected Russian hackers. ...

Democrats hacked again with private contact details of party’s members of House of Representatives posted online
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....Once again it is believed that the Russians are responsible for the latest breach,  although the material is published in a blog written by a hacker called Guccifer2, who says he is Romanian. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives, appears to have been one of the main targets. ...

Dual nationals who fight for terror groups to be stripped of German citizenship
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....But they seem unlikely to be adopted after such a categorical rejection from Mr de Maiziere, which flew in the face of media reports that he would support them. They have also been heavily criticised by Mrs Merkel’s main coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD). ...
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Scrap 11-plus for new grammar schools, Tory group backed by cabinet ministers says
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.... “What we’ve got to do is think about those 3,600 state secondary schools which is where that battle has to be fought over social mobility and the skills deficit. ” Labour and the Liberal Democrats also oppose the change. ...

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