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Queen Won't Open Parliament This Time

Given Elizabeth's difficulties getting around, Charles will read speech for her

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the opening of Parliament on Tuesday for the first time in nearly 60 years, as she struggles with difficulties in getting around. Buckingham Palace said in a statement Monday that the decision was made in consultation with her doctors and that the 96-year-old had...

She Proposed Curfew for Men, Says Uproar Proves Her Point

British baroness' suggestion made in connection with Sarah Everard case

(Newser) - A British baroness has responded to police suggesting that women not go out alone at night with a different proposal: that men not be allowed out after 6pm. Metropolitan Police warned residents, including women, "not to go out alone" following the disappearance of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in London, British...

Boris Johnson Under Quarantine Again

UK PM, who's already had COVID, is 'fit as a butcher's dog' after meeting MP who's now sick

(Newser) - It's a key week for the UK's Brexit negotiations with Europe, but one of the most important players now won't be able to attend in person. CNBC reports that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is once again in quarantine after he was informed he'd come into...

British MP Rips 'Everyday Sexism' After Outfit Causes Uproar

Rape survivor Tracy Brabin wore an off-the-shoulder dress in House of Commons

(Newser) - "Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder." Tracy Brabin, a UK member of Parliament, certainly knows now. The Labour MP and shadow culture secretary took to Twitter Tuesday to hit back at critics who berated her for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of...

He Tried 'to Kill as Many People as Possible.' Now, His Fate

Salih Khater gets life in prison after plowing his car into crowd outside UK Parliament, injuring 3

(Newser) - A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must...

UK's Top Court Deals Devastating Blow to Boris Johnson

Court rules that suspension of Parliament was 'unlawful'

(Newser) - In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain's highest court ruled Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country's Brexit deadline was illegal. The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend Parliament "void and...

Boris Johnson Insists He Told the Queen the Truth

The UK Supreme Court will weigh in on Tuesday

(Newser) - "Absolutely not." That was Prime Minister Boris Johnson's answer Thursday when asked if he lied to Queen Elizabeth when asking her to sign off on the suspension of Parliament that's now in effect. The question was spurred by a Wednesday development out of Scotland, where the...

MP After Court Ruling on UK Parliament: 'Utterly Vindicated'

Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament deemed unlawful by Scottish court

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the UK's Parliament began five weeks of "proroguing"—the technical term for suspension without dissolution, mandated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Now, with Brexit looming at the end of October, a new development out of Scotland: Its highest civil court has deemed Johnson's move...

UK Parliament Suspended After 3 Defeats for Johnson

Opposition lawmakers shouted 'Shame on you'

(Newser) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain's rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The simmering showdown between Johnson and Parliament over Brexit came to a head...

Boris Johnson Boots 21 MPs, Including Churchill's Grandson

The move erases his Conservative majority, but an election looks imminent

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has knocked 21 members of Parliament from his Conservative Party after they stood against him in his first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, putting in motion what will be the third general election in four years. Nearly all of the MPs who joined opposition...

The 'Last Chance' Brexit Vote Just Failed, Too

Parliament rejects Theresa May's plan for a third time, raising odds of a chaotic no-plan exit

(Newser) - Third time's the charm? Nope. The British Parliament rejected a Brexit plan from Prime Minister Theresa May for the third on Friday. May had presented this one as a "last chance" for lawmakers to agree to her strategy on how the UK should exit the European Union. So...

Curveball Throws UK Into 'Constitutional Crisis'

Speaker says Brexit deal can't go to 3rd vote without 'substantial' changes

(Newser) - The odds of Brexit happening as scheduled on March 29 became even slimmer Monday when Parliament's "referee" got involved. John Bercow, the nonpartisan speaker of the House of Commons, dashed Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of submitting her European Union exit plan for a third vote this...

British Lawmakers Slam Facebook as 'Digital Gangster'

Site accused of knowingly breaking laws

(Newser) - British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the UK and called for greater oversight of social media companies. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation. The parliamentary committee that prepared the...

The Hits Just Keep Coming for Theresa May

UK PM to face no-confidence vote on Wednesday, vows to fight it 'with everything I've got'

(Newser) - British politics has been thrown into further chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses. May vowed to fight the challenge "with everything I've got,...

One UK Lawmaker Vetoes 'Upskirting' Ban

The law would have made it illegal to take a photo under someone's clothing without consent

(Newser) - A law that would make it a criminal offense in the UK to take "upskirting" photos was blocked Friday in Parliament despite receiving backing from the British government, reports the AP . Upskirting involves taking a photo or video under someone's clothing without their consent. The initiative was stopped...

Lord Quits British Government Because He Was Tardy

Government refused to accept Lord Bates' resignation

(Newser) - Britain's Lord Bates is clearly a man who values punctuality: After arriving a few minutes late for a session in the House of Lords on Wednesday, the lawmaker declared that he was "thoroughly ashamed"—and resigned on the spot. Bates, a minister at the Department for International...

Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate
Meanwhile in
Britain: Tiegate

Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate

Relaxing of parliamentary dress code irks some

(Newser) - There's a new heated battle raging in Britain: In parliament at least, there's a line in the sand between those who don neckties and those who don't. Britain's parliament relaxed its dress code last week so that male parliamentarians are no longer required to wear neckties...

British Parliament Locked Out of Email in Cyberattack

Attack from unknown source targeted hundreds of MPs, lords, others

(Newser) - Hackers attempted to break into the email accounts of MPs, lords, and staff in a cyberattack on British Parliament this weekend, USA Today reports. According to an email passed along to the Huffington Post , the hackers were “carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all Parliamentary user accounts...

British Milestone: Record Number of Women Elected
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British Election Made History in One Way

More than 200 female MPs will be in office for the first time

(Newser) - The way Britain's election backfired disastrously on Prime Minister Theresa May is grabbing most of the attention, but the Telegraph takes note of a milestone getting lost in the shuffle: A record number of women were elected to parliament. For the first time, more than 200 female MPs will...

Member of Parliament Being Hailed as Hero in London Attack

Tobias Ellwood tried to save police officer who was stabbed

(Newser) - Tobias Ellwood's brother was killed in a terrorist bombing in Bali in 2002, and on Wednesday, the conservative UK member of parliament found himself in the middle of a terrorist attack on his own home turf. Ellwood was on the scene when a police officer was stabbed in the...

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