Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition

Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition

Media captionFox sets 2022 deadline for EU transition Any transitional arrangement with the EU after Brexit must end by the time of the next election, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary told the BBC he had no ideological objection to interim arrangements to minimise disruption after the UK’s exit in 2019. But he […]

Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment

Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I did not make a commitment that we would write it off” Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he did not promise to write off all student debt while appealing to young voters during the general election. During the campaign, the Labour leader said he would “deal with” the issue of graduates burdened with […]

Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched

Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The consultation on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act will begin in the autumn The UK government is considering plans to make the process of changing legal gender easier. Currently, people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person’s biological sex and identity does not match. The […]

Follow Blair’s stance on Labour rebels, Corbyn urged

Follow Blair’s stance on Labour rebels, Corbyn urged

Image copyright Reuters A former Labour chief whip has urged Jeremy Corbyn to “reflect” on Tony Blair’s approach when party leader by ruling out the de-selection of MPs. Baroness Hilary Armstrong told the BBC Mr Corbyn was “the greatest rebel ever” as a backbencher but Mr Blair was reluctant to discipline him. She said the […]

Beverly Martin defection: UKIP loses control of its only council

Beverly Martin defection: UKIP loses control of its only council

Image caption Beverly Martin has defected to the Conservative Party UKIP has lost overall control of the only local authority it runs following the defection of one of its councillors to the Conservatives. The loss of Beverly Martin means the party only holds 27 seats on Thanet District Council while the other parties combined hold […]

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019 The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would […]

UKIP to probe AM’s racial slur about black MP Chuka Umunna

UKIP to probe AM’s racial slur about black MP Chuka Umunna

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chuka Umunna was briefly a contender for the Labour leadership in 2015 The chairman of UKIP has confirmed the party will investigate a recording of a North Wales AM using a racial slur about a black MP. Michelle Brown used derogatory comments about the Labour MP for Streatham, Chuka […]

Prisons boss received ‘scandalous’ £20,000 bonus

Prisons boss received ‘scandalous’ £20,000 bonus

Image caption Michael Spurr was given the payment in 2016-17 The man in charge of prisons and probation in England and Wales received a bonus of up to £20,000, it has emerged. Michael Spurr was given the payment in 2016-17 on top of his annual salary of around £150,000. The bonus was “awarded” the previous […]

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019 The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would […]

Vince Cable: I can offer the same formula as Macron

Vince Cable: I can offer the same formula as Macron

Image caption Sir Vince worked with the French president when he was a minister in Francois Hollande’s government The Liberal Democrats can offer “exactly the formula” of centrist French President Emmanuel Macron, Sir Vince Cable has said. The new Lib Dem leader told the BBC that he wanted to occupy the “vast middle ground in […]