Labour’s Tristram Hunt quitting as MP to head V&A Museum

Labour’s Tristram Hunt quitting as MP to head V&A Museum

Image copyright AFP Labour MP Tristram Hunt is quitting as an MP to become the director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, triggering a by-election. Mr Hunt, a critic of Jeremy Corbyn, said he did not want to “rock the boat” but had the chance “to have one of the greatest museum jobs in the […]

Brexit transitional deal ‘unacceptable’ – Leave MP

Brexit transitional deal ‘unacceptable’ – Leave MP

Image copyright EPA Image caption Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat says London should probably seek a transition deal post-Brexit Opting for a transition deal with the European Union after Brexit would be “the worst possible scenario for the EU and the UK”, a prominent Leave MP says. Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat suggested that a […]

May to deliver Brexit speech next week

May to deliver Brexit speech next week

Image copyright AFP The prime minister will make a much anticipated speech “setting out more” on the government’s Brexit plans next week, Downing Street has confirmed. Theresa May, who has said she will trigger Article 50 – the formal process for leaving the European Union – by April, will make the speech on Tuesday. The […]

Syrian torture victims support urged by MPs

Syrian torture victims support urged by MPs

Image copyright Reuters The government is being urged to do more to help Syrian torture survivors arriving in the UK as refugees. More than half of Syrian refugees to the UK had suffered torture or violence but “only a few” had been referred for treatment, an MPs’ committee said. They also said a UK target […]

Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review

Media captionCould Swansea’s tidal lagoon become a world first? Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review. Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply. He said it was cost effective and would bring “significant […]

Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele in hiding after Trump dossier

Media captionHere’s what Donald Trump had to say at his press conference An ex-MI6 officer who is believed to have prepared memos claiming Russia has compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump is now in hiding, the BBC understands. Christopher Steele, who runs a London-based intelligence firm, is believed to have left his home this […]

Political expert Professor Anthony King dies aged 82

Media captionTony King was ‘like an archaeologist’, David Dimbleby said in tribute Renowned political commentator Prof Anthony King has died at the age of 82. His death was confirmed by the University of Essex where he taught government from 1966. Prof King was a regular commentator on British elections and helped the BBC with its […]

Police treat home secretary speech as ‘hate incident’

Media captionAmber Rudd has been reported to police for comments in her Conservative conference speech. West Midlands Police has said the home secretary’s speech to last year’s Conservative Party conference is being treated as a “hate incident”. In the speech, Amber Rudd suggested tightening rules that allow UK firms to recruit workers from overseas. An […]

Jeremy Corbyn ‘to discuss Nato comments with Nia Griffith’

Jeremy Corbyn ‘to discuss Nato comments with Nia Griffith’

Image copyright Crown Copyright Image caption RAF Typhoons have been deployed to the Baltic region each year since May 2014 Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC he will be speaking to his defence spokeswoman following a row over Nato’s planned deployment to Estonia. Nia Griffith was said to be “furious” that it was described by […]

Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project to be backed

Media captionCould Swansea’s tidal lagoon become a world first? Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will be backed in a government-commissioned review. Charles Hendry will publish his independent report into the viability of the renewable energy technology later, recommending the UK builds the lagoon to capture energy from the sea. There are […]