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HS2 ‘badly off course’ as damning report accuses government of hiding soaring costs

A damning report on the troubled HS2 high-speed rail programme has accused the government and the company running the project of hiding massive cost and time overruns from parliament and taxpayers. The report by an influential Commons spending watchdog found the programme has gone “badly off course” and said the Department for Transport and HS2 […]

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How many seats for a majority? Boris Johnson wins election landslide

Boris Johnson is set to win a landslide Tory majority of 86 in the House of Commons, according to an exit poll for the general election. The poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori for the BBC, ITV and Sky News, suggested the Conservatives would win 368 seats, with Labour on 191 and the SNP on 55. If the forecast […]

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‘You’re a Tory in disguise’: Audience member attacks Swinson over austerity in Channel 4 election debate

Jo Swinson was accused of being a “Tory in disguise” by a member of the audience at a TV election debate. The leader of the Liberal Democrats came under fire on Channel 4’s ​Britain Decides: Everything But Brexit after she said her party would raise the basic rate of income tax to fund the NHS. An […]

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Labour pledges £58bn to compensate women hit by pension age rise

Labour has pledged to compensate nearly 4 million women who lost out on thousands of pounds when the state pension age was increased. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said the payments – estimated to total £58bn over five years – would settle a “historical debt of honour”. Individual payouts to women born in the Fifties could […]

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