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Lord Bates's resignation over lateness rejected by PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device The prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of a lord who offered to leave his post after being late to the chamber. Lord Bates stunned colleagues in the House of Lords by stating his intention to resign after the “discourtesy” of arriving late to a session. A spokesman for Number 10 said the resignation was “unnecessary” and he had decided to continue in his role. Lord Bates could not immediately be contacted for comment. The international development minister and former Conservative…

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Brexit infecting government, says Lord Adonis

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brexit is “infecting” the whole conduct of government, Lord Adonis has told the BBC in the wake of his resignation as infrastructure advisor. The Labour peer quit his role as chairman of the government’s Infrastructure Commission with an attack on Theresa May’s strategy for leaving the EU. He said Mrs May was “pursuing a course fraught with danger”. A government source said he quit before he was pushed, which he denied. “He’s been moving closer towards the exit door with each new onslaught…

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Lord Adonis quits government role with Brexit attack

The government’s infrastructure adviser has announced he is quitting his role, describing Brexit as a “populist and nationalist spasm”. Lord Adonis attacked Theresa May’s approach to the UK’s EU departure and said she was “pursuing a course fraught with danger”. The former Labour transport secretary is already a high-profile campaigner against Brexit. He has chaired the National Infrastructure Commission since 2015. The commission produces a report in every Parliament advising the government on spending in areas like transport connections and energy. Lord Adonis, who was transport secretary under Gordon Brown…

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The Apprentice: Lord Sugar surprises viewers with result of final

Spoiler warning: This story reveals who wins The latest series of The Apprentice has reached a surprise climax. Lord Sugar has chosen both finalists to be his business partners, for the first time in the BBC show’s history. The business mogul said he “genuinely couldn’t decide” between sweet firm owner Sarah Lynn, 35, and James White, 26, who runs an IT recruitment company. As a result, both candidates receive a £250,000 business investment and 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar, who called them “fantastically skilled people”. “This particular year, I’m going…

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Lord Kerslake resigns as King's College Hospital Trust chair

Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major London hospital trust because of NHS funding problems. The former head of the civil service says the government is being unrealistic about the challenges facing the health service. He announced he was stepping down as chairman of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Sunday. NHS Improvement described the hospital’s financial performance as “unacceptable”. A spokeswoman added: “It is the worst in the NHS and continues to deteriorate.” In a statement, Lord Kerslake said of his decision to quit: “I…

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BBC to scrap £10m cuts to local radio, says Lord Hall

The BBC is to scrap its plan to cut £10m from its local radio budget, in a bid to become “more local”, director general Lord Hall has said. Speaking at an event marking the 50th birthday of BBC local radio, he promised a “renaissance” for the broadcaster’s 39 regional stations. He said the savings target – previously announced after a review of the BBC’s local services – had been cancelled. The BBC will instead invest in local radio to boost creativity, he added. BBC local radio at 50: relive the…

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Tory MP's Brexit demand to universities 'offensive' – Lord Patten

A Eurosceptic Tory MP has been accused of compiling a “hit list” of university professors who teach Brexit courses. Chris Heaton-Harris has written to universities asking for names of such professors and the content of their lectures. A lecturers’ union said the letter had the “acrid whiff of McCarthyism” – and Tory peer Lord Patten called it “idiotic and offensive”. Mr Heaton-Harris said he believed in “open” debate on Brexit. The government whip tweeted: “To be absolutely clear, I believe in free speech in our universities and in having an…

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