Supreme Court Brexit case: ‘No need’ for MPs to get final say

The government has urged the Supreme Court to make a decision the “ordinary man and woman” would understand in the landmark legal challenge over Brexit. Government lawyer James Eadie QC said ministers could trigger Brexit and that there was no basis for Parliament to get the final say. He faced a grilling from the 11 Supreme Court justices as he set out his case. There were queues going into the courtroom and protesters outside on day one of the hearing, which is expected to last four days, with a verdict…

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Thousands of children start school hungry, MPs warn

1.3m children in the UK are eligible for free school meals Peter Cade Thousands of children in England are starting school underweight, a group of MPs has warned. A report undertaken on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has revealed that an increasingly high number of children do not get enough to eat at home and are arriving at school hungry. “For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial,” the group reported. At some schools, more than one in…

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Thousands of children start school hungry, MPs warn

1.3m children in the UK are eligible for free school meals Peter Cade Thousands of children in England are starting school underweight, a group of MPs has warned. A report undertaken on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger has revealed that an increasingly high number of children do not get enough to eat at home and are arriving at school hungry. “For a minority of children, the school lunchtime represents the only chance each day to eat something substantial,” the group reported. READ MORE Schools accused of ‘social segregation’…

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Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy

Model and actress Lily Cole is spearheading a campaign calling for a global drive to tackle illiteracy. Project Literacy, a coalition of campaign groups, says one in 10 people around the world is illiterate. Ms Cole, speaking in the Houses of Parliament, said too often the impact of the problem was overlooked because it lacked “raw emotional power”. But she said illiteracy was of fundamental importance to jobs, health and political engagement. Project Literacy is trying to raise the profile of the damage caused by illiteracy, which affects more than…

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