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Irish backstop – Calls for UK exams regulator to be scrapped after grades U-turn Irish backstop – Calls for UK exams regulator to be scrapped after grades U-turn

Irish backstop – Calls for UK exams regulator to be scrapped after grades U-turn

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Ministers should seriously consider abolishing the beleaguered exams regulator Ofqual so ministers have direct accountability, the chair of a powerful committee of MPs has said. Robert Halfon, the Conservative chair of the education select committee, said the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation was no longer fit for purpose, but also that there were still…

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Irish backstop – Brexit: Barnier says trade deal ‘unlikely’ as UK wasting time Irish backstop – Brexit: Barnier says trade deal ‘unlikely’ as UK wasting time

Irish backstop – Brexit: Barnier says trade deal ‘unlikely’ as UK wasting time

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The EU’s Brexit negotiator has warned that valuable time is being wasted in trade talks with the UK as he accused his British counterparts of failing to make progress on topics of key interest to Europe during the latest round of trade negotiations. Michel Barnier said he was disappointed, concerned and surprised by the lack…

Northern Ireland Health minister increases NI blood payments Northern Ireland Health minister increases NI blood payments

Northern Ireland Health minister increases NI blood payments

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Image copyright PA Image caption Health Minsiter Robin Swann has committed to increased payments for victims of the contaminated blood scandal Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal are set to see financial support to them increased to match payments made in England. Victims in Northern Ireland have previously received less than those in…

Irish backstop – How did Labour climb 26 points to match Tories in opinion polls? Irish backstop – How did Labour climb 26 points to match Tories in opinion polls?

Irish backstop – How did Labour climb 26 points to match Tories in opinion polls?

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Labour is now level-pegging with the Conservatives, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer, which shows the Tories have lost a massive 26-point lead in the five months since March. The survey – which puts the two main parties on 40 per cent of the vote (the Conservatives are down two points and…

Irish backstop – Anthony Horowitz: ‘If it wasn’t for writing I’d be a horrible human being’ Irish backstop – Anthony Horowitz: ‘If it wasn’t for writing I’d be a horrible human being’

Irish backstop – Anthony Horowitz: ‘If it wasn’t for writing I’d be a horrible human being’

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Anthony Horowitz, the once famously outspoken author of more than 100 books, including the phenomenally successful Alex Rider teen espionage series, says he once went through a phase of firmly subscribing to the traditional, if informal, bargain struck between author and interviewer. “Your interest in me, for which I’m very grateful, helps me to publicise…

Northern Ireland John Hume: Funeral of former SDLP leader to be held in Derry Northern Ireland John Hume: Funeral of former SDLP leader to be held in Derry

Northern Ireland John Hume: Funeral of former SDLP leader to be held in Derry

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption The funeral of John Hume took place at St Eugene’s Cathedral John Hume, one of the key architects of the Good Friday Agreement, “never lost faith in peace”, mourners at his funeral have been told.The former SDLP leader and Nobel Prize laureate died on Monday aged 83.Due to Covid-19…

Northern Ireland Jamal Lewis: Liverpool target Norwich left-back as Andy Robertson back-up Northern Ireland Jamal Lewis: Liverpool target Norwich left-back as Andy Robertson back-up

Northern Ireland Jamal Lewis: Liverpool target Norwich left-back as Andy Robertson back-up

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Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis in action against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah when the sides met in FebruaryNorwich City have rejected a £10m bid from Premier League champions Liverpool for left-back Jamal Lewis.It is understood the Canaries value the Northern Ireland international, 22, significantly higher, especially as he is under contract until 2023.He also qualifies as a…

Irish backstop – We don’t really live in a Utopia. It’s just our neighbour is a gurning claptrapocracy Irish backstop – We don’t really live in a Utopia. It’s just our neighbour is a gurning claptrapocracy

Irish backstop – We don’t really live in a Utopia. It’s just our neighbour is a gurning claptrapocracy

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‘I think being a woman is like being Irish,” the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was born in Dublin, wrote. “Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the time.” I sometimes think this sentiment reflects my own wariness as an Irish person of taking too many compliments from overseas, and explains…

Northern Ireland Kostas Tsimikas: Liverpool look at Olympiakos left-back after Jamal Lewis bid rejected Northern Ireland Kostas Tsimikas: Liverpool look at Olympiakos left-back after Jamal Lewis bid rejected

Northern Ireland Kostas Tsimikas: Liverpool look at Olympiakos left-back after Jamal Lewis bid rejected

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Tsimikas (left) played for Olympiakos in their Europa League defeat by WolvesLiverpool are in talks to sign Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas for 13m euros (£11.7m) from Olympiakos.The Premier League champions have turned their attention to the 24-year-old after having a £10m bid for Norwich’s Jamal Lewis rejected.It is understood they were prepared to go to…

Northern Ireland A-level and GCSE results: Pressure mounts on ministers to solve exam crisis Northern Ireland A-level and GCSE results: Pressure mounts on ministers to solve exam crisis

Northern Ireland A-level and GCSE results: Pressure mounts on ministers to solve exam crisis

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption Pupils protested outside the Staffordshire constituency office of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson Pressure is mounting on ministers to let teacher-assessed grades stand in England to avoid a second wave of exams chaos hitting GCSE results this week.About 40% of A-Level results were downgraded after the exams regulator Ofqual used…

Boris Johnson – EU-UK deadlock on trade talks goes on with time running out Boris Johnson – EU-UK deadlock on trade talks goes on with time running out

Boris Johnson – EU-UK deadlock on trade talks goes on with time running out

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain remained deadlocked Friday in their talks on trade ties after Brexit, with EU negotiator Michel Barnier saying that any chance of a deal seemed to be slipping away.“Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards more than forward given the short time left,”…

Irish backstop – Johnson to meet Taoiseach during Northern Ireland visit Irish backstop – Johnson to meet Taoiseach during Northern Ireland visit

Irish backstop – Johnson to meet Taoiseach during Northern Ireland visit

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Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Two new bodies are to be created to mark next year’s centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland, British…

Boris Johnson – Fans to attend Brighton-Chelsea football friendly match Boris Johnson – Fans to attend Brighton-Chelsea football friendly match

Boris Johnson – Fans to attend Brighton-Chelsea football friendly match

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Spectators will be allowed to attend a preseason match between Premier League teams Brighton and Chelsea on Saturday as part of the latest series of sporting events being used to pilot the safe return of fans in England amid the coronavirus pandemic.The game will take place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, with 2,500 tickets being made…

Northern Ireland Irish Cup final to be first football match in UK with fans in attendance since March Northern Ireland Irish Cup final to be first football match in UK with fans in attendance since March

Northern Ireland Irish Cup final to be first football match in UK with fans in attendance since March

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The National Stadium at Windsor Park has a capacity of more than 18,000Friday’s Irish Cup final between Ballymena United and Glentoran is set to be the first played in front of spectators in the UK since March.Restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a suspension of action and when games…

Boris Johnson – Sports fans no longer allowed at pilot events in England Boris Johnson – Sports fans no longer allowed at pilot events in England

Boris Johnson – Sports fans no longer allowed at pilot events in England

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LONDON (AP) — Spectators will no longer be allowed to attend sporting events in England after concerns about a rise in coronavirus infections forced the government to delay the partial reopening of venues until at least Aug. 15.Small groups of fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as…

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