DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson plays down reports of £2bn request to Tories

DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson plays down reports of £2bn request to Tories

Image caption DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson described the £2bn figure as “wild speculation” but did say the DUP wanted help with infrastructure spending The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has played down reports it is seeking £2bn in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for supporting the Tories. Earlier, sources told the BBC the […]

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government’s plans. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for opening new schools, but that […]

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Media captionNot got long? Here’s the Queen’s Speech in 90 seconds A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a “smooth and orderly” departure from the EU have been announced in the Queen’s Speech. Of 27 bills, eight relate to Brexit and its impact on immigration, trade and sectors such as […]

Queen’s Speech summary: Bill-by-bill at a glance

This year’s Queen’s Speech comes in the wake of a general election that left the Conservatives without a majority. Legislation to deliver Brexit dominated the government’s plans. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2017 Queen’s Speech – and what was left out. Brexit Image copyright PA Repeal Bill This measure will […]

Queen’s Speech: Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘threadbare’ programme

Queen’s Speech: Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘threadbare’ programme

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: Austerity must come to an end Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed the Queen’s Speech as “threadbare”, saying the government has “apparently run out of ideas altogether”. The Labour leader highlighted manifesto measures not included, including grammar school expansion and cuts to pensioners’ winter fuel payments. Boosted by his general election gains, Mr Corbyn […]

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Queen’s Speech: Grammar school expansion abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England has been ditched from the government’s plans. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for opening new schools, but that […]

Queen’s Speech summary: Bill-by-bill at a glance

This year’s Queen’s Speech comes in the wake of a general election that left the Conservatives without a majority. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2017 Queen’s Speech – and what was left out. Brexit Image copyright PA Repeal Bill This measure will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and convert […]

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Queen’s Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen was accompanied by the Prince of Wales – with the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a “smooth and orderly” departure from the EU have been announced in the Queen’s Speech. Of 27 bills, eight relate to […]

Plan for more grammar schools abandoned

Plan for more grammar schools abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The proposals for a new generation of grammars are not in the Queen’s Speech The creation of a new wave of grammar schools in England is not included in the government’s plans for legislation. The Queen’s Speech says the government will “look at all options” for new schools, but […]

DUP seeks £2bn deal to support Conservatives

DUP seeks £2bn deal to support Conservatives

The Democratic Unionist Party has asked for significant investment in health and infrastructure in NI as part of a parliamentary deal with the Tory Party. Negotiations began after the Tories failed to win an outright majority in the general election and needed DUP support for a minority government. The news came as the State Opening […]