Military drone pilots could get medals – Michael Fallon

Military drone pilots could get medals – Michael Fallon

Image copyright MOD Military drone pilots fighting so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon confirmed there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for their contribution to UK operations. Medals are currently awarded on the basis of rigour and risk, and being physically […]

Vince Cable: I can lead Lib Dems back to power

Vince Cable: I can lead Lib Dems back to power

Media captionVince Cable: “I ask you to join me on the journey as we, together, take the Liberal Democrats back to government” Sir Vince Cable has said he can lead the Liberal Democrats back to power by offering a mix of “hope and realism”. In his first conference speech as leader, he said he was […]

Boris Johnson denies cabinet Brexit split

Boris Johnson denies cabinet Brexit split

Media captionKenneth Clarke calls Boris Johnson’s Brexit article an “irrelevant nuisance” on Radio 4’s Today Boris Johnson says the government is “working together” and that he will not be resigning after criticism of his intervention on Brexit. The foreign secretary has been accused of undermining Theresa May with a 4,000-word article setting out his own […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s caution on Labour rule changes

Jeremy Corbyn’s caution on Labour rule changes

Image caption Shadow chancellor John McDonnell does not have the support of some of his fellow MPs The Labour leadership don’t simply want to be prepared for the possibility of an early election. With the recent manoeuvrings within government, they think it’s increasingly likely. And there was a danger that next week’s Labour conference could […]

Vince Cable: Lib Dem leader warns of looming Brexit ‘disaster’

Vince Cable: Lib Dem leader warns of looming Brexit ‘disaster’

Sir Vince Cable is urging “sensible grown-ups” in other parties to join forces with the Liberal Democrats to prevent Brexit becoming a “disaster”. In his first speech as party leader, he says tribal loyalties should be put to one side to ensure the UK remains in the single market and customs union. He is also […]

UK ‘biggest audience’ in Europe for jihadist web content

UK ‘biggest audience’ in Europe for jihadist web content

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS militants are moving to less well-known sites after being chased off mainstream social media Online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in the UK than any other country in Europe, a report has found. Britain is the fifth-biggest audience in the world for extremist content after Turkey, the US, Saudi […]

Housing money wasted ‘propping up rents’

Housing money wasted ‘propping up rents’

Image copyright Getty Images Taxpayers’ money is being wasted on “propping up rents” in a “failing housing market”, a report says. The National Housing Federation report highlights how money spent on housing benefit rose from £16.6bn in the mid-1990s to £25.1bn in 2015-16. It added that since 2011, no government money has been made available […]

Ken Clarke: Boris Johnson exploiting May’s weakness

Ken Clarke: Boris Johnson exploiting May’s weakness

Media captionKenneth Clarke calls Boris Johnson’s Brexit article an “irrelevant nuisance” on Radio 4’s Today Veteran pro-EU Conservative MP Ken Clarke has accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of “exploiting” Theresa May’s weak position as prime minister. Mr Clarke told BBC Radio 4’s Today that “in normal circumstances” Mr Johnson would have been sacked after his […]

Vince Cable: Lib Dem leader to warn of looming Brexit ‘disaster’

Vince Cable: Lib Dem leader to warn of looming Brexit ‘disaster’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Lib Dem leader will say Brexit is a looming disaster Sir Vince Cable will urge “sensible grown-ups” in other parties to join forces with the Liberal Democrats to prevent Brexit becoming a “disaster”. In his first leader’s speech, he will urge “political adults” in Labour and the Conservatives […]

Housing money wasted ‘propping up rents’

Housing money wasted ‘propping up rents’

Image copyright Getty Images Taxpayers’ money is being wasted on “propping up rents” in a “failing housing market”, a report says. The National Housing Federation report highlights how money spent on housing benefit rose from £16.6bn in the mid-1990s to £25.1bn in 2015-16. It added that since 2011, no government money has been made available […]