Voter ID: 338 did not vote after failing to show documents

Voter ID: 338 did not vote after failing to show documents

Image caption Returning officers said the vast majority of people voted after showing the correct ID A total of 338 people in five areas of England were turned away from voting in council elections because of a pilot scheme requiring proof of identity. A further 688 were initially stopped but later returned to the polling […]

Minister admits she has not read all of Belfast Agreement

Minister admits she has not read all of Belfast Agreement

Image copyright HOC Image caption The minister said she was ‘probably giving birth’ when the agreement was published Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has been heavily criticised by a committee of MPs after admitting she has not read all of the Good Friday Agreement. She told the NI Affairs Committee that she was “probably giving birth” […]

Carney: Brexit has cost households £900

Carney: Brexit has cost households £900

Image copyright Getty Images The Brexit vote has left households £900 worse off, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said. The vote to leave the European Union had lowered growth by “up to 2%”, he told MPs on Tuesday. However, there could be a “sharp pick-up” in business investment when a Brexit agreement is […]

TUC’s Frances O’Grady: I’ve only met Theresa May once

TUC’s Frances O’Grady: I’ve only met Theresa May once

Image copyright PA Image caption Frances O’Grady has led the TUC since 2013 The leader of the Trades Union Congress says she has only ever met Theresa May once since she became prime minister. Frances O’Grady said she had seen more of other world leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel than the UK prime minister. She […]

John Bercow: MP makes formal complaint about Speaker

John Bercow: MP makes formal complaint about Speaker

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow admits muttering ‘stupid’ ‘as an aside’ A Conservative MP has made a formal complaint to the Commons standards watchdog Kathryn Stone about the behaviour of Speaker John Bercow. Last week MPs blocked Ms Stone from probing allegations that Mr Bercow bullied staff, which he denies. But James Duddridge, a long-time critic […]

Brexit: NI parties unite in EU border appeal

Brexit: NI parties unite in EU border appeal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The parties said not having a hard border was critical for the “hard-won peace” Northern Ireland should remain in the single market and customs union after Brexit, four political parties have said. Sinn Féin, the Green Party, Alliance and the SDLP have issued a joint statement. They said there should […]

Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to tackle sources of air pollution – such as wood-burning stoves – put too much responsibility on local councils, critics say. The government, as part of its clean air strategy, wants to clamp down on all sources of pollution, including coal-burning and ammonia from farms. Campaigners welcome the consultation, but […]

Ministers seek permission to use £400m fund frozen since 1928

Ministers seek permission to use £400m fund frozen since 1928

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is launching a legal bid to break open a £400m charity fund that has lain untouched since 1928, to pay down the national debt. The National Fund was set up with an anonymous donation of £500,000. But it has been stuck in legal limbo for 90 years because […]

Tony Blair says he ‘did not know’ about Abdul Hakim Belhaj

Tony Blair says he ‘did not know’ about Abdul Hakim Belhaj

Media captionTony Blair says he will “go along” with government apology to Abdul Hakim Belhaj Tony Blair says he was not made aware of the abduction of Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj until after he had left office in 2007. Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised to Mr Belhaj, who in 2004 was seized by […]

Karen Bradley urged to restart Stormont talks

Karen Bradley urged to restart Stormont talks

Image caption Karen Bradley was urged to take “a more proactive role” in facilitating talks MPs have urged Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to “redouble” her efforts to restart talks aimed at restoring devolution. The call was made by Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which also said she must outline how “urgent” decisions will be […]

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