PRIME Minister's Questions is the weekly grilling of the PM by MPs in the House of Commons. Jeremy Corbyn and other opponents of the Government attempt to use the session to pile the pressure on the PM. Here's how it all works. What day and time is Prime Minister's Question Time? Prime Minister's Questions is held every Wednesday at noon while the House of Commons is sitting. During this time the PM will spend around half an hour answering questions from MPs. The first formalised structure of PMQs was two 15 minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This was changed by Tony Blair shortly after he took office in 1997 to one half hour session on Wednesdays. Why do MPs stand up for PMQs? It is to attract the Speaker’s attention as they hope to ask a question. Many of the questions have been pre-booked, but there are still supplementary slots up for grabs. The first question is normally asked by a government MP who will ask the PM if "she/he will list his/her … [Read more...] about What time is PMQs today, why do MPs stand for Prime Minister’s Questions and is there a live stream from the House of Commons?
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FILE -- Vice President Mike Pence and Georgian Prime Minister Georgi Kvirikashvili attend a welcoming ceremony at the Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia July 31, 2017. (REUTERS/Shakh Aivazov/Pool) Countries around the world are seeking to steadily strengthen the essential pillars of national success: security and trade. In my country of Georgia, security and trade directly and substantially impact American national interests. My discussions with Trump administration officials and lawmakers in Washington this week are focused on advancing our shared interests in these two critical areas. One hundred years ago this month, Georgia recovered its independent statehood, which dates back two millennia and is marked by constant struggle for freedom. The short-lived First Democratic Republic of Georgia was soon annexed by Soviet Russia and we endured 70 years of occupation and foreign dominance. Georgia is widely recognized today as an emerging hub for culture and commerce, a … [Read more...] about Georgia Prime Minister: US-Georgia trade deal would create US jobs, improve energy security
CONSERVATIVE minister Dominic Raab’s diary secretary has been caught bragging about selling sex using a “sugar daddy” website. The official works for the Housing Minister and allegedly offered an undercover reporter sexual services in exchange for cash. Here’s what’s going on. Who is Dominic Raab’s diary secretary? The civil servant, 20, allegedly advertised on a “Sugar Daddy” website and told the reporter he could have “full undisputed access” to her for £750. Her identity has not been disclosed, but The Sun exclusively revealed she is the sister of a TV star. She is the sibling of a woman who stars in one of Channel Four’s biggest shows. The aide posted a string of pictures of herself on seekingarrangement.com, a controversial site that allows “sugar daddies” to make financial arrangements with “sugar babies”. She has allegedly advertised herself as “moderate” - meaning she … [Read more...] about Who is Dominic Raab’s diary secretary, what are the ‘selling sex’ allegations and where is the minister’s office?
A carnival-goer in Venice (not a candidate for PM). Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP In the run-up to the Italian general election on March 4th, The Local is bringing you a daily round up of who's done what and why in the fast-moving world of Italian politics. Days to go until Italy votes: 6 This time next week we'll know how Italy voted. Read Friday's daily politics recap here to find out about tense protests, and the EU's Jean-Claude Juncker backtracking over fears Italy would be left with a non-operational government. If you prefer to start at the beginning, catch up on all our election coverage so far here. THE HEADLINES After a weekend of protests, Rome has had enough Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and antifascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday. Police said a campaign rally by the anti-immigration League attracted some 20,000 people (closer to 50,000 if you take the party's word for it) in Milan, where antifascist … [Read more...] about Today in Italian politics: Italy’s latest candidate for prime minister is a real clown
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg has won a mandate for a further four years in government after a tense election night victory over Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre. Erna Solberg wins projected 89-79 majority Jonas Gahr Støre's Labour party suffer reduced vote share Liberal Party makes it over threshold to secure conservative winner Agrarian Centre Party makes big gains 01:15am: Closing live blog We're closing our live blog now after an election that threatened to surpass its billing as a thriller and remained close throughout. Erna Solberg has held her majority, Labour and Jonas Gahr Støre have underperformed, the Progress Party has stabilised and the agrarian Centre Party are the night's biggest success story. Will Erna Solberg look to change the composition of her government despite Knut Arild Hareide's reluctance? How does Jonas Gahr Støre's future as Labour leader look after losing the vote? These will be two of the questions likely to be … [Read more...] about As it happened: Erna Solberg reelected as Norwegian prime minister