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Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Media playback is unsupported on your device Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the official watchdog – says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation – and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under Theresa May. However, it says the UK will fall short of its ambitions unless ministers do more to…

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Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Cabinet ministers are holding a crisis meeting to keep vital public services going after the collapse of key government contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. An emergency Cobra meeting was planned for 18:30 GMT to deal with the fallout. It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked government policies and called Carillion a “watershed moment”. In a video released on social media, he said: “In the wake of the collapse of the contractor Carillion, it…

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Brexit: Theresa May to discuss end deal with ministers

Theresa May is due to meet her “Brexit cabinet” – about a dozen of her most senior ministers – to discuss for the first time what the UK’s future relationship with the EU should be. The PM will later tell MPs the UK wants to sign trade deals during what she calls an implementation period. EU leaders have agreed talks can move on, including to discuss a transition deal for a post-Brexit period. Labour has raised concerns that trade may not be discussed for months. The EU has published its…

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Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour

The Welsh and Scottish health ministers want Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make it compulsory for UK suppliers of flour to fortify it with folic acid. In a joint letter, they argue this will help reduce neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. Figures from Food Standards Scotland show roughly four out of five women of childbearing age in the two nations are deficient in the key nutrient. The US and 85 other countries already have a policy in place. Scotland’s Health Minister, Aileen Campbell, and her…

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Ministers to launch UK's post-Brexit economy plan

The government’s plan to boost UK industry ahead of the country leaving the EU is due to be launched later. The industrial strategy is aimed at lifting growth, which official forecasts suggest will slow due to the UK’s poor productivity performance. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the UK’s decision to leave the EU meant the strategy was “even more important”. A deal with US healthcare giant MSD to open a UK research centre has been announced as part of the strategy. Will the government’s economic medicine work? The investment by…

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Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to 68. Calls for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to have a veto over the process were rejected by 318 votes to 52. But several Tories criticised plans to specify an exact date for Brexit and hinted they…

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G-7 health ministers: climatic factors impact health

Group of Seven health ministers have issued a joint statement that says climatic factors impact on human health. Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin told reporters on Monday that the ministers were able to work out wording acceptable to the United States during their ministerial meeting in Milan, while also recognizing the differences in opinion in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accords. Lorenzin called it “a great political work” to arrive at a document that recalls the U.S. position on climate change “and yet accepts the impact of…

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