Brexit: ‘Clear plan’ for interim deal needed, say peers

Brexit: ‘Clear plan’ for interim deal needed, say peers

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May has said her goal is a “red, white and blue” Brexit The UK must have “a clear game plan” for any transitional arrangement for Brexit early on in its negotiations with the EU, ministers have been told. A House of Lords committee warned that if no interim deal […]

McCluskey set to face Unite challenge from Gerard Coyne

McCluskey set to face Unite challenge from Gerard Coyne

Image copyright PA Image caption Len McCluskey is one of the most powerful figures in the Labour movement A leading Unite official is expected to announce he is challenging Len McCluskey for the leadership of the UK’s largest union on Tuesday. Gerard Coyne, Unite’s West Midlands secretary, is understood to be frustrated by the positioning […]

Former Conservative minister Lord Prior dies

Former Conservative minister Lord Prior dies

Image caption Although never a close ally of Margaret Thatcher, he held key positions in her government Former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Prior has died at the age of 89. He served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles in the early 1980s. Before that, he was Secretary of […]

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

Image copyright Keith Brofsky Local authorities could be allowed to make a further increase in council tax to pay for social care. Ministers in England are discussing ways to invest more money into care services for the elderly and disabled. One option is to let them increase council tax beyond the extra 2% for which […]

EU nationals ‘want guarantee they can stay in UK’

EU nationals ‘want guarantee they can stay in UK’

Image copyright PA Image caption A report from a cross-party think tank is also calling for the guarantee European nationals in the UK and British citizens living in the EU must have a guarantee they can remain in place after Brexit, campaigners say. The Three Million group is demanding assurances people will not be used […]

Boxing Day shopping ban petition to be debated by MPs

Boxing Day shopping ban petition to be debated by MPs

Image copyright EPA MPs are to debate calls for shops to be banned from opening on Boxing Day, after an online petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures. There are currently no controls on trading hours on that day unless it happens to fall on a Sunday, and campaigners say workers need more rest. But the […]

Theresa May’s leather trousers prompt political row

Theresa May’s leather trousers prompt political row

Image copyright Sunday Times/News Syndication Newspaper headlines about rows within political parties are nothing new – but this one seems to have been sparked by a pair of leather trousers. Here’s how it all unfolded. It’s just over a fortnight since Theresa May gave an “at home” interview to the Sunday Times, telling the paper […]

Anti-Semitism: Official definition ‘will fight hatred’

Anti-Semitism: Official definition ‘will fight hatred’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “unacceptable” that anti-Semitism exists in the UK The government plans to adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism to help tackle hatred towards Jewish people. Police, councils, universities and public bodies can adopt the wording, Theresa May has said. The International Holocaust Remembrance […]

Anti-Semitism: Official definition will fight hatred – Theresa May

Anti-Semitism: Official definition will fight hatred – Theresa May

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May will say rising anti-Semitic attacks are “unacceptable” Having one official definition of anti-Semitism will mean those guilty of hatred of Jews will be “called out on it”, Theresa May will say later. Police, councils, universities and public bodies can use the wording, the prime minister will say […]

EU nationals want guarantee they can stay in UK

EU nationals want guarantee they can stay in UK

Image copyright PA Image caption A report from a cross-party think tank is also calling for the guarantee European nationals living in the UK want a guarantee that they can stay in the country after Brexit, according to a campaign group. The “Three Million” group will hand in a letter to Downing Street later, calling […]