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A-levels and GCSEs: Free exam appeals for schools in England

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption There has been widespread concern about the fairness of the ‘calculated’ results The government will cover the cost of schools in England appealing against A-level and GCSE grades, the BBC understands. It comes amid an ongoing row after 280,000 A-level students had their marks downgraded. Ministers are also expected to […]

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Conservative spring conference to be held in Newport

Image caption The conference will provide a platform for leading Tory figures ahead of the Senedd poll The Conservative Party will hold its UK spring conference in Newport, during the run-up to May’s Senedd election. The party said up to 8,000 people will attend the event, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Wales, and inject […]

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How did John Swinney survive the schools results row?

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption Mr Swinney is a trusted lieutenant of the first minister John Swinney has kept his job as Scotland’s education secretary despite opposition attempts at Holyrood to force him out after the exams controversy. A Labour motion of no confidence was defeated by 67 votes to 58 because Scottish Green Party […]

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Boris Johnson: PM promises to develop relationship with Ireland

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Boris Johnson greeted Micheál Martin with an elbow bump outside Hillsborough Castle in County Down The prime minister has promised to develop Britain’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland after meeting its new taoiseach. Boris Johnson greeted Irish PM Micheál Martin with an elbow bump outside Hillsborough Castle in County Down. […]

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Seven arrested after paint attacks on party HQs

Image copyright Beyond Politics Seven people have been arrested after attacks on four political party headquarters, in which paint was reportedly thrown and windows broken. The Metropolitan Police sent officers to buildings used by the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party in London. Pictures posted on Twitter by the Beyond Politics Party […]

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Online political campaigning ‘to be more transparent’

Image copyright Getty Images The government is promising voters “the same transparency” in online election and referendum campaigns as they get in leaflets and on posters. Social media ads and videos will have to carry a “digital imprint” showing who has created them so voters can judge their credibility. Electoral reform campaigners said the plan […]