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Ashley Cowburn
Political Correspondent, The Independent. Any tips and abuse to: ashley.cowburn@independent.co.uk
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Rudd now says she knows there are problems with universal credit, acknowledging: "I know it can be better." She says the UK "will have fair and compassionate" benefit system.
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Unless I'm missing something - no significant shift on universal credit announced so far, or even change in tone. Just that the government is "listening very carefully".
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Amber Rudd - making her debut in the Commons as DWP sec - hits out at the 'extraordinary political language' of this UN report, which she says discredited its findings.
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Laura Kuenssberg 2h
Forget Brexit for a moment - expect a shift on Universal Credit from new DWP sec, Amber Rudd at her first appearance in House in that job this afternoon - not sure what details are but expect some kind of commitment to fix the problems and a different tone
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Ashley Cowburn 3h
Tough for one Amber Rudd's debut as the new work and pensions secretary - research shows ending benefit freeze could lift 200,000 out of poverty
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Ashley Cowburn 3h
Unfortunate comparison, considering the membership of the Conservative Party didn't get a vote in the 2016 contest. Only MPs had a say.
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Adam Bienkov 4h
Theresa May's spokesman denies the prime minister has suggested that EU citizens have "jumped the queue" to work in the UK. Here's what she said in her speech.
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Ashley Cowburn 4h
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Christ, I've just realised he ends it with: "Then we can stop being ‘always on the run’, look beyond Brexit – and provide the ‘human touch’"
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Theresa May urges the public not "just to listen to politicians" but to business too - when asked by about Tory MPs trashing her deal and calling for her to go.
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Ashley Cowburn 4h
David Davis has started an opinion piece about Brexit with a Spice Girls reference.
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Francis Elliott 5h
Got a bit lost in the fog of Brexit war but this is causing palpitations in certain bits of Whitehall
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Ashley Cowburn 5h
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. has spent two years attempting to find a "reputable buyer", but has admitted defeat. They will be sold for £11,025 to Reclamations Ollerton - a scrap metal yard
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Ashley Cowburn 5h
Theresa May will be thrilled about this -- three water cannons bought by Boris Johnson as London mayor have been sold for scrap, at a net loss of more than £300,000. She banned them being used in 2015.
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Ashley Cowburn 6h
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"I think Theresa May deserves praise for her position. 'No deal is better than a bad deal' has disappeared. 'Any deal is better than no deal' is now the slogan. That is right."
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Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn: "This deal that is now on the table is the best there is. There is no better deal for this crazy Brexit."
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John Stevens 8h
ERG dossier gets the date of the Brexit referendum wrong 😬
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Ashley Cowburn 16h
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Withholding half of the £39bn seems to be a new idea that will definitely go down well. Here’s his last plan from two months ago
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Ashley Cowburn 17h
Guys, Boris Johnson has got another six-point plan out to save Brexit. It’s also remarkably similar to the last one.
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Ashley Cowburn Nov 18
The phrase this "isn't about party politics" would be remotely believable if the prime minister hadn't called a general election after triggering Article 50
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Ashley Cowburn Nov 18
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Big intervention here from the Liberal Democrats
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