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MPs call for zero emissions targets to be brought forward, with insight from JamVans

MPs have called for plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars to be brought forward to 2032. The original plan, outlined by the government, was to ensure all cars are “effectively zero emission” by 2040 but a report by Parliament’s business and select committee has urged this to be brought forward by eight years. Prime minister Theresa May announced the 2040 target earlier this year.

Former Review speaker Clegg appointed head of global affairs at Facebook

The former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been appointed the head of global affairs and communications by US social media company Facebook. Clegg, who served as the deputy prime minister for five years during the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government, has been hired by the technology firm to help them move forward in light of recent discussions about how governments should interact with the internet.

Matt Hancock unveils new digital strategy for care and the NHS, with insight from Jeesal Group and Care Horizons

Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has announced plans to overhaul the digital support used by care services and promote the use of advanced technology to supplement and support existing care provision. Featuring insight by Jeesal Group and Care Horizons.

May says that transition period could be extended

Prime Minister Theresa May has said today that the transition period between the UK leaving the EU might be extended in order ensure that no border is installed in Northern Ireland. May explained that any extension would only be a “matter of months”.

Universal Credit suffers further delays

The rollout of universal credit has been delayed once again and is now not expected to be fully operational until December 2023. The proposed system – which will merge six benefits into a single instalment – was initially due to come into effect in April 2017.

PMQs summary (Wed 17th Oct)

Dominating the exchange between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on this occasion was Brexit. Calls from the Opposition for a customs union are becoming increasingly clear as Britain enters its closing stages of the EU withdrawal negotiations.

John Bercow under pressure to step down following dramatic scenes in the Commons

The ramifications from the independent report overseen by Dame Laura Cox were felt in the heart of Westminster today as members of parliament both attacked and defended the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, with equal vitriol.

Pepper the robot appears in front of parliamentary select committee

Pepper the robot, the resident robot at The University of Middlesex, answered questions in front of the Education Committee in parliament today. Chaired by Robert Halfon, the committee asked Pepper to tell them more about the artificial intelligence Careses project. The project is currently being undertaken at Middlesex University, and aims to utilise robots in order to reduce the pressure placed on elderly care services.

Stakeholders meet with Education Committee to discuss SEND funding

The Education Committee is today meeting with educational experts and other stakeholders within the sector to discuss the ongoing funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in schools. The committee will use a series of meetings to build a greater understanding of how the funding is currently spent and distributed, while assessing how changes to funding have impacted provision.

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Ed Balls commends The Parliamentary Review for “bringing common sense to policy debates”

In a speech delivered to The Parliamentary Review gala this week, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls regaled best practice representatives with anecdotes from his time in politics and his newfound television fame. At the annual gala held in the Banking Hall, Balls deftly manoeuvred through the current state of politics and his time on Strictly Come Dancing before powerfully ending with a call for the return of consensus to politics.

British Armed Forces deploy to Norway and Oman in major training exercises

This month will see the deployment of thousands of British troops and vehicles to two of the largest military exercises the United Kingdom has taken part of in years; one, a NATO exercise in Norway involving over 30 nations, the other, a joint UK–Omani operation in the Middle East.

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