Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

That was a pretty sombre PMQs, marked by the death of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland and the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka.

Emily Thornberry and David Lidington both condemned the killings, although Thornberry said the unrest in Derry made a fresh case for the Government to solve the Northern Ireland Brexit border problem.

There was some low-level back-and-forth about Brexit talks, with both sides condemning the other for not giving ground in the attempt to find a deal.

A few Conservative MPs warned about the ongoing Brexit delay – while Lidington faced a grilling from both sides of the House on climate change, acknowledging the UK had “more to do” to tackle the problem. And that’s your lot. Continue reading Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

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Sri Lanka had intel of Muslim group planning attacks ahead of Easter church, hotel blasts fatal to at least 207

Sri Lanka had intel of Muslim group planning attacks ahead of Easter church, hotel blasts fatal to at least 207


Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet before the blast – AFP-JIJI



COLOMBO – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.



The attacks were the worst act of violence to hit the country in the decade since the end of a bloody civil war that killed up to 100,000 people.



For many in Sri Lanka, the apparently coordinated attacks brought back painful memories of life during the long-running conflict, when bomb blasts were a frequent occurrence.


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Queen Elizabeth celebrates 93rd birthday at Easter service

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 93rd birthday at Easter service

The Queen traditionally spends a month-long residence at Windsor Castle, known as Easter Court, each year.


Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 2.40am on April 21 1926, the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York, at 17 Bruton Street, the Mayfair home of her mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.


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Northern Ireland Assembly: The Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement 1998

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement 1998

The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, because it was reached on Good Friday, 10 April 1998.

It was a peace agreement between the British and Irish governments, and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed. The talks leading to the Agreement addressed issues which had caused conflict during previous decades. The aim was establishing a new, devolved government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power. 

On the constitutional question of whether Northern Ireland shou Continue reading Northern Ireland Assembly: The Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement 1998