News / UK and world by Press Association July 25, 2018, 5:15 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter UK and Irish ministers have insisted that Wednesday’s British and Irish Intergovernmental Conference is about honouring the commitments made in the Good Friday Agreement, and denied that Dublin is meddling in UK politics. Irish Foreign Affairs minister Simon Coveney, along with Justice minister Charlie Flanagan, said the talks with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Cabinet Office minister David Lidington did not touch on devolved issues in Northern Ireland, and instead discussed initiatives to get the Northern Ireland Assembly up and running. “Unionists in Northern Ireland have nothing to fear from a British Irish Intergovernmental Conference. This is an agreed structure that both governments have signed up to as part of the Good Friday agreement. “We do not deal with devolved decision making. “What … [Read more...] about Dublin not meddling in UK politics – Coveney
DAVID Miliband is plotting a return to British politics in a bid to scotch plans for a "Hard Brexit". Here's the lowdown on the former Foreign Secretary and one time Labour leadership candidate. Who is David Miliband? David Miliband, 52, is a Labour party politician and current President of the International Rescue Committee. He was born in London in 1965 to left wing political activists Ralph Miliband and Marion Kozak. After high school he attended Oxford University before doing a masters at MIT in Massachusetts. He became a political analyst before becoming Tony Blair's head of policy in 1994. Miliband remained in that role until 2001 when he was elected as Labour MP for South Shields before becoming environment secretary in 2006 for a little over a year. In 2007 he was made Foreign Secretary, a post he held until Labour lost the General Election in 2010. Following the election defeat he had an ill fated clash with his younger brother, Ed, for the leadership of the party.What is his … [Read more...] about How old is David Miliband, what’s his salary, who’s his wife and could he return to UK politics?
David Miliband has ploughed back into UK politics with a crusade against the Tories' "hard Brexit fantasy land". The ex-Foreign Secretary will share a platform with arch-Remainers Nicky Morgan, a Tory, and Nick Clegg, a Lib Dem, in a bid to stop Brexiteers holding Britain "to ransom". Mr Miliband quit Parliament in 2013 and moved to New York to head up an aid charity after his brother Ed beat him to the Labour leadership. But tomorrow he will return to a rice mill in Essex and urge MPs to vote down Theresa May's Brexit deal if it's not good enough. Brexiteers claim this could stall or block Britain's EU exit if Mrs May has to go back to the drawing board. The trio of politicians write in the Mail on Sunday: "A hard Brexit won't create global Britain. "It is merely a path to a fantasy island of our own where we will have reduced access to our largest markets and a diminished standing in the world." The trio insisted they were concerned about the economic impact of withdrawal, stating: … [Read more...] about David Miliband ploughs backs into UK politics crusading against ‘fantasy Brexit’
0 Have your say UK politics is failing because of “passive and fearful” opposition to leaving the European Union (EU), according to a new report. Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER), said the UK was heading for a “damaging” hard Brexit because Remain voters had been left with little strong representation.The think tank has published a new report bringing together analysis of the forthcoming challenges as the process of exiting the EU unfolds.Writing in the report, Ms Hughes said: “As the process unfolds, the UK - and particularly England - has remained deeply divided over the question of proceeding with Brexit.“Support for ‘remain’ has moved a little ahead in the polls over the last several months but not strongly enough for many passive and fearful politicians to come out and argue to halt Brexit or to hold a further EU referendum.”She highlighted that while the Liberal Democrats … [Read more...] about UK politics ‘failing on Brexit due to passive and fearful opposition’
0 Have your say SHE might have sat at the top table of British politics, but Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a West Yorkshire girl through and through. We caught up with the Dewsbury-born and raised Conservative peer at the bed factory - founded by her father Safdar Hussain 40 years ago - which she now runs with her elder sister. Baroness Warsi quit frontline British politics in 2014 over what she called the Government’s “morally indefensible” stance on the ongoing Palestine/Israel conflict.She admits getting involved in politics was more a “necessity” than a calling, and is loving indulging her real passion for business.She also recently welcomed her second grandchild, renovated a dilapidated house and is enjoying a new hobby of reconditioning old industrial items into quirky furniture. Several of the items now sit proudly in the reception area of the factory.After a turbulent few years, re-invention and re-invigoration are clearly on her mind in … [Read more...] about ‘We must fight rise of hate’, says Baroness Warsi who worries about confusion in UK politics