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Clark admits May not told of policy

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Theresa May speaks at the Opposition Day debate

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The US comedian Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show, has mocked laws which forced the More 4 channel to censor an edition of his satirical show in the UK because it contained footage of Parliamentary proceedings.

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