Brexit: Trade envoys’ views on EU ‘irrelevant’

Brexit: Trade envoys’ views on EU ‘irrelevant’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iain Duncan Smith believes UK trade envoys should be “positive” about Brexit Former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of not understanding the role of trade envoys after he called for the removal of those who are against Brexit. There are 20 MPs and peers from different parties […]

Venezuela: US sanctions ‘not right’, says Corbyn ally

Venezuela: US sanctions ‘not right’, says Corbyn ally

Media captionMaduro or Blair? Newsnight’s Evan Davies challenges Chris Williamson on his political philosophy A Labour MP close to Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the US’s decision to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan president. Chris Williamson said it would be “better to facilitate talks” between the government and opposition amid ongoing political unrest and violence. The […]

Lower annual welfare cap affects 68,000 families

Lower annual welfare cap affects 68,000 families

Image copyright Getty Images The first six months of the new lower benefit cap has seen 68,000 families having their welfare cut for the first time, losing each around £50 a week. The current cap applies to working-age adults and is £20,000 a year outside London and £23,000 in the capital, having been £26,000 across […]

Labour MP: US sanctions on Venezuela ‘not right’

Labour MP: US sanctions on Venezuela ‘not right’

Media captionMaduro or Blair? Newsnight’s Evan Davies challenges Chris Williamson on his political philosophy A Labour MP has criticised the United States’ decision to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan president, who the US called a “dictator”. Chris Williamson said it would be “better to facilitate talks” between government and opposition. Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has […]

Bosses’ fall in pay ‘limited and late’

Bosses’ fall in pay ‘limited and late’

Image copyright Getty Images Top chief executives’ pay has fallen in the past year, but there is still “a huge gap” between them and the rest of their staff, a report has said. The bosses of FTSE 100 companies now make on average £4.5m a year, down 17% from £5.4m in 2015, according to the […]

Brexit: Job advert reveals UK trade dispute plans

Brexit: Job advert reveals UK trade dispute plans

Image copyright AFP/Getty The government has revealed through a job advert how it plans to tackle unfair trade after Brexit. A new body called the UK Trade Remedies Organisation will be set up to tackle allegations of unfair competition and investigate complaints. The online advert for a digital design lead said the organisation needs to […]

Governors ‘devastated’ by ‘complete decline of prison service’

Governors ‘devastated’ by ‘complete decline of prison service’

Media captionFootage shows riot-trained staff at The Mount in Hertfordshire The president of the Prison Governors Association has attacked the government’s management of prisons in England and Wales. Andrea Albutt wrote an open letter after recent violence at prisons in Hertfordshire and Wiltshire. She said the unrest was causing “grave concern” – adding that governors […]

UK diplomats’ families withdrawn from Venezuela

UK diplomats’ families withdrawn from Venezuela

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Two opposition leaders have been put into military prison after President Nicolas Maduro held a controversial vote on Sunday Families of UK diplomatic staff in Venezuela have been withdrawn from the country because of political unrest. The Foreign Office said the move was temporary and a precautionary measure after protests […]

Trump: Scottish independence vote ‘would be terrible’

Trump: Scottish independence vote ‘would be terrible’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump bought the Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire in 2014 US President Donald Trump has suggested that Scottish independence would be “terrible”, voicing fears about the future of the Open golf championship. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr Trump pondered whether Scotland would “go for the […]

Speed hump cuts ‘daft’, safety groups say

Speed hump cuts ‘daft’, safety groups say

Image caption Seven road safety organisations have written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove about the plans Ripping up speed humps to combat air pollution is “daft and irresponsible”, road safety campaigners have said. They are writing to ministers to warn that removing speed bumps will actually increase danger to children. The government said it would […]