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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and former special advisor Dominic Cummings leave from the rear of Downing Street - Credit: AFP via Getty Images

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Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ risks being a ‘side door to sleaze in science’

A new £800 million research agency – which was originally described as Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ – risks being a “side door to sleaze in science”, the opposition has warned. Ministers want the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria) to focus on “high-risk, high-reward” research to explore new ideas while having “strategic and cultural” independence and […]
Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street in London - Credit: PA

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Anti-Muslim sentiment ‘remains a problem’ in the Tory party, investigation finds

Boris Johnson’s comments about women wearing the burka have given an impression that the Tories are “insensitive to Muslim communities”, an independent review into alleged Islamophobia and discrimination in the Conservative Party has said. The inquiry found anti-Muslim sentiment was seen at local association and individual levels but claims of “institutional racism” were not borne […]
Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and the UK's most senior civil servant, (front right) giving evidence on the work of the Cabinet Office to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) in April - Credit: PA

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Vote Leave officials to face MPs’ questioning over conduct during Brexit referendum

MPs are set to examine the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission at the time of the Brexit and Scottish independence referendums.  The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) will be hearing from senior officials of both campaigns on the Commission’s role of enforcing compliance with rules governing spending and donations during both votes. The meeting on Tuesday comes […]
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove in the House of Commons - Credit: PA

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UK ministers ‘have shocking lack of knowledge about Northern Ireland Protocol’

UK ministers have a “shocking” lack of knowledge about the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland following Brexit, MPs have heard. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee joined together with the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh affairs committees to hear evidence on the Government’s union capability. Appearing as witnesses were Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove […]