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Summary

  1. Environment Secretary Michael Gove and ministers answer questions
  2. Two UQs: on Heathrow and abortion in Northern Ireland
  3. Business statement lays out upcoming debates and bills
  4. Debate on Dominic Cummings’ refusal to appear before the Culture Committee
  5. Backbench business debates on ending TB and political situation in Turkey
  6. Peers debate situation in Gaza and Oxbridge admissions

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber, Richard Morris and Simon Vaughan

All times stated are UK

  1. MPs order Vote Leave campaign director to appear

    Debate on committee

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have backed a motion demanding Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings appears before a select committee by 20 June.

    Damian Collins, who chairs the DCMS committee, said efforts to invite Mr Cummings to appear had been "unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion", and there was now "no alternative" but to ask all MPs to support a motion ordering him to appear.

    Mr Cummings has said he cannot appear while other inquiries continue and has accused the committee of grandstanding.

    Read more here.

    So what happens next?

    A Commons spokesperson said: “The House approved a motion ordering Mr Dominic Cummings to give an undertaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, no later than 6pm on 11 June 2018, to appear before that committee at a time on or before 20 June 2018.

    "Should Mr Cummings refuse to abide by this order, the House could take further steps such as referring the matter to the Committee on Privilege who can recommend any sanction/punishment which the House can impose.

    "The most recent example of persons found in contempt were two employees of News International who were formally admonished by motion in the House in October 2016.”

  2. Today in the Commons

    What happened?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Tensions in the Commons were high during urgent questions on abortion and Heathrow.

    Tory backbencher Justine Greening used her UQ to ask for details of the guarantees given to Heathrow Airport in event of the third runway no longer going ahead.

    The government insisted this assurance has not been made, while the majority of the House, including some Conservative backbenchers, seemed to agree with Ms Greening.

    There was an urgent question from Labour's Stella Creasy on abortion in Northern Ireland and the Supreme Court ruling today, which was dismissed on a technicality. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said that it was right for the executive in Stormont to work on this issue when they are reconstituted.

    The Commons have referred Dominic Cummings to the Procedure Committee over his refusal to appear before the Culture Committee over the Brexit vote.

    The Commons returns on Monday afternoon at 2:30pm.

  3. UK government raises these issues with Turkey

    Political situation in Turkey

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Mark Field

    Foreign Office Minister Mark Field says that the international understanding was that originally the state of emergency was just a temporary measure.

    He says the UK government wants to work to ensure that all political parties in Turkey want to see a free and fair campaign.

    The UK does frequently raise issues of human rights with Turkish ministers, he adds.

    The prime minister and Foreign Office ministers have “consistently raised the need to uphold human rights and democracy” in the country.

    Mr Field says that any new President will see huge powers being sent to the hands of the President and reduce Parliamentary scrutiny of the executive.

    The UK, along with partners, will be following the upcoming elections in Turkey very closely, he finishes.

  4. 'We condemn utterly the human rights violations' in Turkey - Labour

    Political situation in Turkey

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Fabian Hamilton

    Shadow defence minister Fabian Hamilton says that the referendum in Turkey over enhanced presidential powers faced many allegations of voter suppression, and was still very tight.

    There have been accusations of torture made against those taking part in the coup attempt in 2016, he adds.

    "We condemn utterly the human rights violations" in the country, says Mr Hamilton.

    Mr Hamilton says it is apparent that President Erdogan wants to be in office for the 100th anniversary of the modern Turkish republic.

    There is increasing anti-Semitic rhetoric from the Turkish government, he adds. The UK government should criticise Turkey in public, as the country has become "such a concern," he says.

  5. Why are MPs talking about Turkey?

    Political situation in Turkey

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Turkish woman voting
    Image caption: Turkish voters in Germany today started casting their ballots

    Turkey has been living under a state of national emergency since the attempted military coup of President Erdogan on 15 July 2016.

    On 16 April 2017, Turkey had a referendum which resulted in a 51%/49% result for expanding the powers of the Presidency. There were many allegations of threats and suppression made against 'No' vote supporters.

    On 22 May this year, the Turkish government announced that it would jail 104 suspects of taking part in the coup for life.

    Turkey is due to have presidential elections later this month, one year earlier than they were originally due. It is alleged by observers that the election is taking place earlier in order to move President Erdogan into the new enhanced powers of office voted for in the April 2017 referendum.

    President Erdogan has said that an early election is necessary to solve the ongoing political and economic uncertainty in the country.

  6. Government expresses concern at Oxbridge admissions row

    University admissions debate

    Younger

    Responding to this afternoon's debate, government spokesman Viscount Younger of Leckie says he wants to ensure those with high potential "have the opportunity to fulfil it regardless of background".

    He maintains that "universities rightly have autonomy over admissions" but tells peers the new universities watchdog - the Office for Students (OfS) - is going to monitor black and minority ethnic students' attainment and progress into employment

    He says the OfS will challenge more selective institutions to make progress in broadening their admissions.

    The government "shares the concerns" expressed by Baroness Deech that recent media coverage of Oxbridge admissions will undermine their outreach work, he adds.

  7. Former Oxford admissions chair attacks 'misguided' criticism

    University admissions debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Deech

    Crossbencher Baroness Deech - a former admissions chair at Oxford University - is opening a debate on the equality of opportunity in university admissions.

    Referring to the recent criticism of Oxbridge admissions, she observes "how misguided most of that conversation was" and maintains there was "no evidence of discrimination" since the number of BME students who received offers was proportional to the population.

    Instead, she argues, "the problem is uneven distribution" among prestigious universities, colleges and subjects.

    "There are colleges in London where white students are in the minority, is anyone going to complain there are too many students of one race or religion?" she asks, describing quotas as "a hallmark of totalitarian regimes".

    She says she "deplores ill-informed comments made by politicians" about Oxbridge, not just recently but by Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which means "impressive, expensive outreach work is damaged by the impression they discriminate against black students".

    "In no other country would a senior politician speak like this about a top university, thereby undermining its reputation," she adds, before calling for the restoration of maintenance grants.

  8. What was the Supreme Court judgement?

    Northern Ireland abortion urgent question

    UK Supreme Court

    Abortion in Northern Ireland is covered by criminal law in the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

    Currently, a termination is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman's life is at risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health.

    The 1967 Abortion Act, which established legal abortion in Great Britain, has never applied in Northern Ireland.

    The challenge to the law was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the group lost on the issue of whether it had the 'required standing' to bring the case.

    The Supreme Court said it would have required the case to have been brought by a woman who was pregnant as a result of sexual crime or who was carrying a foetus with a fatal abnormality.

    A majority of judges said the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

    Lord Justice Kerr told the court that by a majority of five to two, "the court has expressed the clear view that the law of Northern Ireland on abortion is incompatible with article 8 of the Convention in relation to cases of fatal foetal abnormality and by a majority of 4 to 3 that it is also incompatible with that article in cases of rape and incest".

    He added that while this is not a binding decision "it must nevertheless be worthy of close consideration by those in whose it lies to decide whether the law will be altered".

    As a result, the judges did not make a formal declaration of incompatibility, which would normally lead to a change in the law. Any changes will be up to the politicians, either in Westminster or in Belfast, when (if) the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvenes.

  9. Commons opens debate on Turkish political situation

    Political situation in Turkey

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Joan Ryan

    Labour's Joan Ryan is opening the final debate today, on the political situation in Turkey.

    Turkey is a key NATO ally, she says, a major trading partner and a partner in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

    On 24 June, Turkish citizens will head to the polls for an early election, which is not taking place under normal circumstances as the country is still under emergency rule, she adds.

    She raises concerns that the state of emergency and restrictions on fundamental freedoms are not helping the democratic situation.

  10. Labour calls for timetable on legislating for Northern Ireland

    Abortion in Northern Ireland statement

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Smith

    Northern Ireland affairs spokesperson Baroness Smith of Basildon says the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's case was "effectively dismissed on a technicality".

    She says there's "an urgency to make sure the law is changed now" and ideally this would take place in Stormont but in its absence there should be "a clear timetable setting out that if local parties are not prepared to come back to the Assembly in which Westminster would have an obligation to act" to comply with ECHR obligations.

    Lord Duncan says that he expects the "technicality will be eliminated" since an individual now intends to take forward a similar case to the Supreme Court.

    He points out that the last time it was debated in the Assembly, MLAs "did not endorse progress".

    Former Supreme Court deputy president Lord Hope of Craighead asks the government to bear in mind that it was "a hair's breadth away from a declaration of incompatibility" with human rights, and the minister says he will.

  11. UK helps 800,000 people a year with TB

    Ending tuberculosis debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Harriett Baldwin

    Foreign Office Minister Harriett Baldwin says the TB death rate has dropped by 37% between 200 and 2016, but, she states, even that has not stopped it from becoming the world's global number one killer disease.

    She says the UN high-level meeting will be important in securing global progress on dealing with this problem.

    The UK will work very closely with the UN during this meeting to ensure that the declaration which will be signed will be stronger, she adds.

    The UK is the second-largest funder of the global fund against TB, helping 800,000 people with the disease every year.

  12. 582 people have died of TB since this debate started

    Ending tuberculosis debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Kate Osamor

    Shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor says the next UN high-level meeting on TB presents "a unique opportunity" to discuss TB.

    About 10.4m people are infected with TB, and 1.7m people died last year, which is almost 5,000 a day; meanwhile 582 people will have died during the time this debate has taken place, she says.

    The disease is entirely curable, she says.

    "The global response against TB has been one of failure," she adds, saying that the increase in resistant TB has meant that the disease is becoming increasingly hard to treat.

  13. Peers hear statement on Supreme Court's abortion ruling

    Abortion in Northern Ireland statement

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Northern Ireland Minister Lord Duncan of Springbank is repeating the answer to an urgent question asked earlier in the Commons by Labour's Stella Creasy on the ruling of the Supreme Court on abortion in Northern Ireland.

    Human rights campaigners have lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law.

    The court dismissed an appeal brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC).

    But a majority of judges said the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

    Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley told MPs the judgement requires further consideration, but the government continues to regard abortion policy as a matter for Northern Ireland.

  14. Peers hear Heathrow statement

    Heathrow statement

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Transport Minister Baroness Sugg is repeating the answer to an urgent question asked earlier in the Commons by Conservative Justine Greening on Heathrow Airport.

    Ms Greening raised concerns that ministers have provided guarantees for the scheme using taxpayers' money, but Transport Minister Jesse Norman denied that was the case.

  15. Minister: May raised Gaza investigation with Netanyahu

    Palestinian Territories debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Ahmad

    Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon stresses that the government is "committed to a negotiated peace settlement" between Israel and the Palestinians.

    He says this cause is "not advanced by violence", noting that he had a visit to Gaza cancelled recently because of the deteriorating situation.

    He expresses the government's support for an investigation into the violence in Gaza and tells peers that Theresa May did raise this with Benjamin Netanyahu at their recent meeting.