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# UK

6th December 2023
UK's immigration minister Robert Jenrick resigns after new Rwanda legislation unveiled
A draft bill would compel judges to treat Rwanda as a safe country after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled the scheme was unlawful.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Why has a diplomatic row erupted between Britain and Greece over the Parthenon Marbles?
Rishi Sunak unexpectedly cancelled a meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis after he called for the sculptures to be returned to Greece.
Last month
November 2023
Bobby McDonagh: The Rule of Law matters more than ever when the world is imploding
The former ambassador says that law and order breakdowns in many parts of the world demonstrate how important the rule of law is.
Jeremy Hunt to announce UK tax cuts aimed at reviving stagnant economy
Hunt’s statement is expected to contain 110 different growth measures as he also seeks to revive the Tories’ election chances.
Gerry Adams waits for ruling in London High Court fight with UK bomb victims
The claims have been brought against the Provisional IRA by victims of bombings in London and Manchester.
'Economic blackmail': DUP blasts UK Govt as NI misses out on funding due to Stormont collapse
Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said no funding was allocated “given the current absence of a working executive and assembly”.
Keir Starmer loses eight frontbench MPs in rebellion over stance on Gaza ceasefire
Dozens of MPs defied the Labour leader and backed an amendment calling for a ceasefire in a House of Commons vote last night.
UK Supreme Court rules government plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful
The ruling is another blow to Rishi Sunak’s promise to “stop the boats”.
Calls for Rishi Sunak to sack Suella Braverman mount as she is accused of spawning ‘hatred’
Labour leader Keir Starmer said few public figures “have done more recently to whip up division” than the British Home Secretary.
Mary Lou McDonald says Suella Braverman must 'cop on' after comments on Northern Ireland
The UK Home Secretary has also been accused of emboldening far-right protesters after some clashed with police in London today.
Counter-protesters detained after clashes with Met Police as thousands gather for pro-Palestine march
The Metropolitan Police said there have been no incidents related to the pro-Palestine demonstration.
Rishi Sunak under pressure to sack Suella Braverman over article criticising police
The article, which used Northern Ireland as an example in criticising pro-Palestine “hate marchers”, was not signed off by Downing Street.
Sunak issues warning over ‘disrespectful’ Armistice Day pro-Palestinian march
Sunak said those who wanted to “divide society” could try exploit the event as he voted to hold the Met Police Chief accountable.
Boris Johnson wanted to be injected with Covid live on TV to show ‘it didn’t pose a threat’
The then-prime minister later said he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than impose a second lockdown, a top aide told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
UK to grant new oil and gas licences in North Sea annually despite climate change
Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government plans to introduce legislation called the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.
Security officer accused of Holly Willoughby kidnap plot will face trial next year
Gavin Plumb appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court to enter not guilty pleas today.
UK police issue appeal for murder suspect they believe may be in Ireland
West Yorkshire Police are seeking to locate Emile Riggan and Louis Grant, who are wanted for the murder of a 19-year-old man in Leeds.
Boris Johnson asked top scientists if a 'special hair dryer' could kill Covid-19
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former chief adviser, made a series of claims in his witness statement handed to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
October 2023
Britain's King Charles says 'no excuse' for colonial atrocities in Kenya
The British head of state was speaking at a state banquet hosted by Kenyan President William Ruto.
Major pro-Palestinian protests take place across UK and Ireland
Over 100,000 people took part in a rally in London City Centre.
British police seize €11.4 million worth of cocaine from ship in UK port
The seizure took place on 14 October.
Third person dies in UK as Storm Babet causes widespread flooding and high winds
The “unprecedented” weather event has caused some residents in eastern Scotland to evacuate their homes.
Labour wins Nadine Dorries’ former seat in momentum building double by-election win over Tories
In the 105 years of the constituency’s existence, Labour has never won Mid Bedfordshire before.
UK police apologise after armed officers knock boy, 13, off bike for playing with water pistol
The boy was having a water fight with his younger sibling in July when a police officer reported a potential firearms incident.
Greta Thunberg charged with public order offence after London climate protest
She was one of 26 activists protesting outside a meeting of oil executives.
Famous Sycamore Gap tree to be removed from site two weeks after it was chopped down
Northumbria Police arrested a boy aged 16 and a man in his 60s after the tree was felled a fortnight ago.
Nicholas Rossi, who claims to be Irish orphan, arrested in connection with alleged rape in UK
Rossi was arrested this morning in connection with an alleged rape took place in 2017.
Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech disrupted by glitter protester
The protester threw glitter at the Labour leader as he began his keynote speech in Liverpool.
Man who broke into Windsor Castle with crossbow to kill late Queen Elizabeth is jailed
Jaswant Singh Chail pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the then-queen and having a loaded crossbow in a public place.
Taoiseach: Ireland may pay EU countries rather than accept more refugees under migration pact
Leo Varadkar was speaking at the European Political Community Summit, where he also held a meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Rishi Sunak criticised by former Tory PMs for scrapping major rail route plans
A high-speed railway line will now only connect London to Birmingham instead of travelling further northwards as intended.
Corporate manslaughter probe following Lucy Letby murder convictions
Letby was sentenced to a whole life order after she was convicted of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others.
Tory conference hears British soldiers were 'dragged back to Belfast' and 'hounded to death'
Johnny Mercer praised the controversial Legacy Act, which includes a form of immunity from prosecution for Troubles-related offences.
September 2023
Hundreds protest in London against Rosebank oilfield approval
Rishi Sunak said that using every last drop of oil in Scotland’s North Sea was “absolutely the right thing to do”.
UK government in 'final stages' of engaging with DUP on Windsor Framework
The DUP has been blocking powersharing for more than a year.
Girl, 15, who died in UK school bus crash named
A bus driver also died in the incident which happened at around 8am on the M53 at Hooton, Cheshire.
17-year-old boy charged with murder of 15-year-old Elianne Andam appears in court
Elianne Andam was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London, as she went to school on Wednesday.
Teenager in custody after 15-year-old girl with ‘bright future’ fatally stabbed in UK
The “much-loved” girl died after being stabbed in the neck with a foot-long knife during rush hour.
UN refugee agency rejects UK Home Secretary's comments about migration
Suella Braverman appeared to suggest that fearing discrimination for being gay should not be enough to qualify for asylum in the UK.
Brexit branded ‘a huge mistake’ as UK protesters march to re-join EU
Hundreds of people dressed in blue clothing and carrying EU flags filled the pavement ahead of the march through the city’s streets.