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Reality Check: What are the biggest government defeats?

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected in the House of Commons by 230 votes. Reality Check has been looking back at some of the biggest government defeats. Defeats in the…

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Reality Check: What should owners of old diesels do?

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s clean air strategy, which was published on Monday, describes reducing pollution from nitrogen oxides (NOx) as its most immediate challenge. NOx emissions come mainly from diesel vehicles. Much of…


Reality Check: Do Brexit letters change anything?

Image copyright Getty Images “You say we haven’t achieved anything,” the prime minister said in answer to a reporter’s question in Stoke. “We have achieved this exchange of letters…” She said the letters gave further…


Reality Check: Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

Image copyright PA The number of migrants crossing the English Channel by boat is small – it pales in comparison to those making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean – but there has been a…



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More than 220 people have attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats since November, according to a tally being kept by BBC News. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has declared the crossings “a major…


Minority take up ‘life-saving’ free health check

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Monitoring blood pressure is part of the free health check Fewer than half of people eligible for a NHS health check in England have taken up the offer,…


Reality Check: How does the government help first-time buyers?

Image copyright Getty Images Saving up for a deposit for a mortgage can seem daunting. Recent research suggests that it can take a young person about 18 years to put together the downpayment on their…


Reality Check: Do you sleep worse at Christmas?

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Warwick has enlisted some of the country’s leading sleep experts in order to “warn Santa Claus of the health risks of flying all night”. “Every year Santa Claus…


Ofcom RT ruling: Russia to check BBC News in response

Image copyright Getty Images Russia’s media regulator will check the output of BBC World News and BBC websites, in what the Kremlin calls a response to the UK regulator Ofcom. On Thursday Ofcom ruled that…


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