MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

Media captionJo Johnson is quizzed on Radio 4’s Today whether Chris Heaton-Harris should have sent Brexit letter Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris “should probably not have sent” a letter to universities asking for details of Brexit courses, a minister has said. Universities minister Jo Johnson said his colleague, a government whip, was “regretting very much” his […]

Learner drivers ‘need protecting from predatory instructors’

Learner drivers ‘need protecting from predatory instructors’

Media captionRichard Graham says driving instructors should be covered by same laws as school teachers over sex with young people Driving instructors should be banned from having sex with young people they are teaching, a Tory MP has said. Richard Graham said the law should be changed to protect young drivers from “being groomed by […]

Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara after comments

Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara after comments

Image copyright House of Commons Jared O’Mara has been suspended by Labour while it investigates comments he allegedly made, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said. The Sheffield Hallam MP, who was elected this year, faces claims he made misogynistic and homophobic remarks. He has apologised for remarks made online in 2002 and 2004, but denies […]

Brexit: MPs may not get vote until UK has left says Davis

Brexit: MPs may not get vote until UK has left says Davis

Parliament may not get to vote on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU until after it has actually left, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said. He told MPs there could not be a vote until after the withdrawal deal had been sealed and this could happen at the “59th minute of the […]

MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

Media captionJo Johnson is quizzed on Radio 4’s Today whether Chris Heaton-Harris should have sent Brexit letter Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris “should probably not have sent” a letter to universities asking for details of Brexit courses, a minister has said. Universities minister Jo Johnson said his colleague, a government whip, was “regretting very much” his […]

Car owners to face fines for passenger littering

Car owners to face fines for passenger littering

Image copyright Press Association Drivers who allow litter to be thrown from their cars will face fines under new rules, even if the culprit is a passenger, the government has said. The maximum on-the-spot fine for dropping litter will also rise to £150 from April next year. The current maximum fine for littering is £80. […]

Growth figures raise chances of rate rise

Growth figures raise chances of rate rise

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mark Carney and his team meet next week to decide on interest rates The UK’s economy had higher than expected growth in the three months to September – increasing the chances of a rise in interest rates in November. Gross domestic product (GDP) for the quarter rose by 0.4%, compared […]

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Image copyright House of Commons/Labour Party Image caption Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell, right, said Labour MP Jared O’Mara should be suspended while being investigated for misogynistic and homophobic language by the Labour Party A prominent Labour MP says Jared O’Mara should be suspended from the party while claims he made misogynistic and homophobic […]

New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns

New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns

Image copyright PA Image caption Terror watchdog Max Hill QC warned the government against a “knee-jerk” reaction to recent attacks Ministers should not “criminalise thought” with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK’s terror watchdog has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently announced plans to increase jail terms for those found […]

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Image copyright House of Commons/Labour Party Image caption Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell, right, said Labour MP Jared O’Mara should be suspended while being investigated for misogynistic and homophobic language by the Labour Party A prominent Labour MP says Jared O’Mara should be suspended from the party while claims he made misogynistic and homophobic […]