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Priti Patel aide ejected by armed guard from Westminster bar
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Priti Patel aide ejected by armed guard from Westminster bar

    A top aide to the home secretary was escorted out of a bar in the Houses of Parliament by armed police on Tuesday night, just as MPs were voting on an election that Boris Johnson wants to make about law and order. Two people who witnessed the incident said Priti Patel’s chief of staff, James Starkie, was ordered out of Strangers Bar, which is frequented by MPs, after swearing loudly in the vicinity of the Conservative MP Bob Stewart, being refused service and appearing to punch a door. As he was escorted out by police, witnesses said he apologised for his behaviour. The incident came as MPs finally resolved to break the Brexit deadlock by voting for a general election which is is expected to be held on 12 December. Starkie is a familiar face around Westminster as a...
Wife of jailed former Mexico governor detained in London
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Wife of jailed former Mexico governor detained in London

    The wife of jailed former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte has been detained in London, Mexican authorities said Tuesday. A Mexican official who was not authorized to speak about the case said that Karime Macias was detained Tuesday. Duarte was arrested in Guatemala in 2017 after six months on the run and is awaiting trial on charges of money laundering and embezzlement. Macias had been with him at the time. Macias ran Veracruz's children's and families agency during his term. Mexico had sought her extradition on state fraud charges. Local media have depicted her life in London in surreptitiously shot photos and videos. Macias' lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment. The official said Macias would appear before a judge in London. During the extradi...
What could December’s vote mean for Brexit
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What could December’s vote mean for Brexit

    Just when you thought it was safe to drink mulled wine ... they’re back. The same politicians who ruined most of 2019 with Brexit chaos are determined to wreck Christmas by calling a snap general election on December 12. But before, in the name of your sanity/human rights/Strictly Come Dancing, you tune out completely, you should know just how important the election is for the future of Brexit. If you care about when, how or if the UK leaves the EU, you should vote and here’s why. It won’t have escaped your notice that Leavers and Remainers have been at war since the 2016 referendum result. Boris Johnson surprised everyone by agreeing a fresh withdrawal deal with Brussels earlier this month. Reminder: this ‘stage one’ deal only sets out the terms on which the UK ...