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Joe Murphy is Political Editor of the Evening Standard


MPs campaign for return of girls ‘trafficked’ to Syria to join IS

The new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trafficked Britons in Syria will launch next Thursday to campaign for a new approach to people they regard as victims


Drip, drip of sleaze row batters Tories

The Prime Minister was coming under growing pressure today to reveal how a refurbishment of his Downing Street flat was financed


No 10 sleaze claims, moles and an access row rocking Boris Johnson

The PM has been hit with three controversies in a matter of days. Who’s behind the leaks?


Oliver Dowden: New laws to tame football fatcats after Super League

Minister’s threat after Big Six clubs abandon bid for breakaway league


New bill to prevent veterans being ‘hounded’ over Troubles service

Oliver Dowden revealed the proposed new legislation hours after Defence Minister Johnny Mercer resigned in protest against ongoing prosecutions of soldiers who served in Northern Ireland


PM under pressure to clean up lobbying amid Greensill furore

Anti-sleaze watchdog Lord Pickles said the system of overseeing post-Government jobs required “immediate address”


Battle to control South African Covid-19 variant in London

Long queues were seen for a second day outside testing centres in Lambeth as health chiefs urged Londoners to help stop the spread


Boris Johnson leads tributes to Prince Philip in House of Commons

MPs have returned to Parliament to mark the historic occasion

Tributes to Prince Philip are set to run from 2.30pm and could last until 10pm tonight

The House of Lords is also paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh


Reading festival boss backs Covid passports to bring back crowds

Exclusive: Melvin Benn said certificates showing people are free of the disease could allow social distancing to be dropped so people could dance and enjoy themselves


Covid vaccine passports to help open West End

Ministers are looking at how rapid tests and proof of vaccinations could allow big shows and nightclubs to reopen


Scrap Tube fares to get London moving after lockdown - Laurence Fox

“I want to pay people to get out of the house and go to work or to the shops, the pub or the cinema.”


Top Archbishops urge PM to U-turn on foreign aid cut ‘broken promise’

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, said the move was “deeply worrying”


PM’s road map: Key dates for reopening of schools, pubs and travel

Holidays in the UK will be allowed from April 12, along with outdoor drinking and dining at pub gardens and al fresco restaurants


Reform Party leader Richard Tice to run for London Assembly

Richard Tice will stand in Havering and Redbridge, East London, and also appear on the party’s list of candidates for the London wide vote


Exclusive: UK’s fourth Covid vaccine could be ready in 4 weeks

Expert says new vaccine may be set for official approval by end of April


Rishi Sunak urged to cut tax on draught beer to save local pubs

Exclusive: More than 70 Conservatives, including three former Cabinet ministers, have signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to “save our locals” with a duty cut for pints pulled from a cask.