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UK: Parliament not a ‘passive bystander’ on Brexit – Labour’s Chuka Umunna

Parliament is not a “passive bystander” and must be listened to, according to a senior Labour MP who has helped set up a cross-party group to fight against a “hard Brexit”. Chuka Umunna told Sky News’ All Out Politics the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations wants to “ensure we ...

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Britain: MPs evacuated from Parliament after fire alarm

Parliament was evacuated on Monday morning following a suspected security alert. According to witnesses at the scene, an alarm sounded and the evacuation began at around 10.45am. The London Fire Brigade denied reports the alert was a fire alarm and said they have not been called to the scene. A ...

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UK: Cross-party group to co-ordinate parliamentary fight against hard Brexit

A cross-party group to co-ordinate the parliamentary fight against a “hard Brexit” has been set up under the leadership of Tory former minister Anna Soubry and senior Labour MP Chuka Umunna. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on EU relations could cause difficulties for Theresa May as she attempts to steer ...

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European parliament threatens to veto UK’s ‘damp squib’ offer on citizens’ rights

European Parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights, branding it a “damp squib” which risks creating a “second class of citizenship.” In a letter published by several European newspapers, MEPs claimed Mrs May’s proposals “cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of ...

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UK’s Parliament takes pride in role in gay rights struggles

The decision was taken by Commons Speaker John Bercow and the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, who explained their thinking in their first-ever joint interview, for Radio 4’s Today in Parliament. Legalisation, in 1967, was the product of a ten-year parliamentary campaign to follow-up the 1957 Wolfenden Report which had recommended the ...

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SURGE IN DIPLOMACY, ACTION IN MEDIATION

  The fourth edition of the Istanbul Conference on Mediation will take place on 30 June 2017 with the theme of “Surge in Diplomacy, Action in Mediation.” Experts, diplomats, practitioners and scholars from around the world will explore ways and means to promote mediation as a prominent conflict prevention and ...

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World New : Sixty-six countries struggling with governance of oil, gas and mining sectors

The majority of governments inadequately govern their oil, gas and mining sectors, according to the 2017 Resource Governance Index. Sixty-six countries were found to be weak, poor or failing in their governance of extractive industries. Less than 20 percent of the 81 countries assessed achieved good or satisfactory overall ratings. ...

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IPU applauds UN Human Rights Council move to boost cooperation with parliaments

On 23 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted without a vote a resolution in support of stronger cooperation with parliaments. The resolution encourages States to involve parliaments in all stages of the Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), under which the Council examines the human rights situation of each UN ...

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PCs say government hydro ads are in contempt of parliament

T ORONTO — Taxpayer-funded ads about planned hydro bill reductions put the Liberal government in contempt of parliament, the Opposition charged Monday. Both the Progressive Conservatives and NDP say the radio and social media ads are only meant to boost the popularity of a party sagging in the polls. Energy ...

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World’s MPs to tackle rising economic, political and social inequalities

Taking decisive actions to end economic, political and social inequality will be the focus of deliberations for the more than 650 MPs from 132 countries meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017. Parliamentarians, including 53 Speakers of Parliament, will make concrete proposals on a range of issues, from ending ...

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