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Attacks are out of proportion, says Oxfam's Mark Goldring

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption The Oxfam Charity”s CEO Mark Goldring (l) and Chair Caroline Thomson (r) leave the Department for International Development Oxfam’s chief executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against his organisation in the wake of claims its workers used prostitutes in Haiti is out […]

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Oxfam agrees to withdraw government funding bids

Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required, ministers say. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had “a long way to go” before regaining the trust of the public, its staff and the people it aims to help. […]

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Behind the famous door

Image caption Former cabinet secretary Lord Armstrong thinks the current cabinet set-up is “terribly disorderly’ Frantic, frightening but “terrific fun” is how Robert Armstrong looks back at his time as the UK’s most powerful civil servant. He’s one of five former cabinet secretaries to speak to BBC Parliament about working inside No 10 Downing Street […]

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Portuguese president mourns Westminster homeless man

Image copyright PA Image caption The Portuguese president said the circumstances the man died in were “inhumane” The Portuguese president has paid tribute to a homeless man found dead in a Tube station underpass near the Houses of Parliament. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the circumstances the unnamed Portuguese national died in were “inhumane”. Coroners […]

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UK defence at 'risk of decline'

The former head of GCHQ is warning UK defence will decline if Theresa May does not take part in the wider European defence plan post-Brexit. Robert Hannigan also questioned whether the UK would be able to afford to spend enough on defence. “If our economy shrinks we will be able to afford less,” he added […]

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Britain's bus coverage hits 28-year low

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA group of people in the Yorkshire Dales decided to drive their own buses Britain’s bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the late 1980s, BBC analysis has revealed. Rising car use and cuts to public funding are being blamed for a loss of 134 […]