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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Republic labour to 2-0 win against Gibraltar

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Republic labour to 2-0 win against Gibraltar

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Republic of Ireland moved five points clear at the top of Group D in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a laboured 2-0 win against Gibraltar.Joseph Chipolina's own goal was all that separated the sides until Robbie Brady's thumping injury-time header.Brady's late goal added some gloss to what was another frustrating night for Mick McCarthy's side against Gibraltar. Denmark's 5-1 defeat of Georgia allowed the Irish to extend their pool lead but with more difficult games remaining.Republic battle to Gibraltar win - as it happenedMcCarthy 'thrilled' by Republic victoryMcCarthy's side must play both of their matches against top seeds Switzerland in the autumn and will complete their Europea...
Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Business
The Labour Party is unveiling plans to take the National Grid into public ownership.It wants to create a National Energy Agency to own and maintain transmission infrastructure.Labour said its nationalisation pledge would "usher in a Green Industrial Revolution" and tackle climate change.But National Grid - the largest transmitter of electricity and gas in Britain - said the proposal was the "last thing" that was needed.The firm, which does not operate in Northern Ireland, said the Labour plan would hinder the shift to green energy.Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes.Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, ...
Russia Twitter bots 'backed Labour in election'

Russia Twitter bots 'backed Labour in election'

Technology
Thousands of Russian Twitter accounts posted pro-Labour messages in the run up to last year's general election, it has been claimed.Many of the 6,500 accounts are said to have been 'bots' that tweeted using female English names, but were in fact mass-produced accounts pumping out messages in support of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn.The claims are made by the Sunday Times, which carried out research in conjunction with Swansea University.Nine out of 10 messages from the Russian accounts backed Labour's campaign, according to the report, which also claims 80% of the automated accounts had been created in the weeks before the June vote.Culture and digital secretary Secretary Matt Hanock called the reports "extremely concerning"."It is absolutely unacceptable for any nation to attempt to interfere...
Tory vice-chair admits hacking Labour MP's website

Tory vice-chair admits hacking Labour MP's website

Technology
A rising star in the Conservative Party has apologised after she admitted she hacked a Labour MP's website and altered its content.Kemi Badenoch, the hotly tipped MP for Saffron Walden, made the confession in a video obtained by The Mail On Sunday.Asked what is the naughtiest she's ever done, the 38-year-old replied: "About 10 years ago I hacked into a Labour MP's website and I changed all the stuff in there to say nice things about Tories."This was a foolish prank over a decade ago, for which I apologise."Mrs Badenoch did not name the Labour MP in question but former cabinet minister Harriet Harman later tweeted: "@KemiBadenoch has written to me apologising. I have accepted her apology."In 2008, it was reported Ms Harman's personal website was hacked and updated with a post apparently ann...
Labour wants new customs union treaty after Brexit – Starmer

Labour wants new customs union treaty after Brexit – Starmer

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Jeremy Corbyn is to confirm a shift in the Labour Party's position on remaining in the customs union after Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer has indicated.The shadow Brexit secretary said Labour's front bench was "unanimous" in its backing for striking a new deal with the EU after Brexit.The UK would leave the customs union but then negotiate a treaty that will "do the work of the customs union".Mr Corbyn is due to make a speech on Monday setting out Labour's position.Analysis: Labour's customs union policy 'evolves'What are the UK's Brexit trade options?Asked on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show how the UK could strike its own trade deals if it is in a customs union, Mr Starmer said: "We will have to have say.""How that is done will have to be negotiated," he added.Speaking on the same programme, Liam Fo...