Boris Johnson says US agrees on need for caution over Russia

Boris Johnson says US agrees on need for caution over Russia

Donald Trump’s new administration understands the need to deal with Russia in a “very guarded way”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. Following his first meeting with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson during the G20 summit in Germany, Mr Johnson, referring to Russia, said “you’ve got to beware of what they are up to”. […]

Aslef members reject Southern rail deal

Aslef members reject Southern rail deal

Image copyright PA Image caption Members of the drivers’ union Aslef rejected the deal by 54.1% Aslef members have rejected a deal with Southern rail that would have ended a long-running industrial dispute. It had been arguing with parent firm, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), over driver-only operated (DOO) trains. Members of the drivers’ union rejected […]

‘Take diplomats who owe congestion charge to international court’

‘Take diplomats who owe congestion charge to international court’

Image caption The US embassy in London is within the congestion charging zone Boris Johnson has been urged to take foreign governments through the international courts to make them pay London’s congestion charge after they racked up a bill topping £105m. Transport for London has written to the foreign secretary, a former London mayor, to […]

ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco

ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco

Image copyright Thinkstock Families in the UK are becoming more clean-living, with less money being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, but more being spent on going out to restaurants. But the Family Spending Survey from the Office for National Statistics shows little change in spending overall. In the year to the end of March 2016, […]

Aslef members reject Southern deal

Aslef members reject Southern deal

Image copyright PA Image caption Members of the drivers’ union Aslef rejected the deal by 54.1% Aslef members have rejected a deal with Southern rail that would have ended a long-running industrial dispute. It had been arguing with parent firm, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), over driver-only operated (DOO) trains. Members of the drivers’ union rejected […]

‘Take diplomats who owe congestion charge to international court’

‘Take diplomats who owe congestion charge to international court’

Image caption The US embassy in London is within the congestion charging zone Boris Johnson has been urged to take foreign governments through the international courts to make them pay London’s congestion charge after they racked up a bill topping £105m. Transport for London has written to the foreign secretary, a former London mayor, to […]

Attacks on judges undermine law – Supreme Court president

Media captionNewspapers risked undermining the law over Brexit hearing, Lord Neuberger tells Radio 4’s Today The president of the UK’s Supreme Court has criticised politicians for not doing enough to defend judges following a row over the Brexit legal challenge. Lord Neuberger said politicians did not speak out quickly or clearly enough and some media […]

UK wage growth outpaces inflation

UK wage growth outpaces inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Wages grew faster than the rate of inflation at the end of 2016, official figures show. In the three months to December, wages grew 2.6% on an annualised basis in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, that was slower than the previous period, leading analysts to […]

Air pollution ‘final warning’ from European Commission to UK

Air pollution ‘final warning’ from European Commission to UK

Image copyright Getty Images The European Commission has sent a “final warning” to the UK over breaches of air pollution limits. It said limits had been repeatedly exceeded in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow. Germany, France, Spain and Italy were also served with warnings over nitrogen dioxide levels. The commission said if […]

Help to Buy scheme’s impact across England revealed

Media caption‘We pay less now than we would on rent’ One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital, analysis by BBC News shows. The Help to Buy Equity Loan was introduced to boost the housing market. A property […]