British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The poll asked questions around public spending, national security and people’s private lives Nearly half of Britons think the government should raise taxes and increase spending, an annual survey of public opinion suggests. At 48%, it is the highest proportion to support such measures since 2004, according to the […]

Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Media captionJeremy Corbyn calls for a reversal of emergency services cuts Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end. Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a “test […]

Divisions in society leading to ‘sour mood’

Divisions in society leading to ‘sour mood’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Social Mobility Commission’s report warns of an “us-and-them society” Two decades of government efforts to improve social mobility have failed to reduce divisions in Britain’s “us-and-them society”, a report says. The Social Mobility Commission warns of a sour public mood and says the divides in British society are […]

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

Image copyright PA Nearly half of Britons think the government should raise taxes and increase spending, an annual poll of public opinion suggests. At 48%, it is the highest proportion to support such measures since 2004, according to the British Social Attitudes survey. The survey also found the public were becoming more sceptical of the […]

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Media captionMs Sturgeon said legislation for a second referendum would not now be introduced until at least the autumn of next year Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a “reset” of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the […]

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

Image copyright PA Brexit Secretary David Davis has blamed the Tories’ general election losses on a “badly designed” campaign and Theresa May’s social care “U-turn”. Mr Davis helped persuade Mrs May to call a “snap election” to strengthen his hand in Brexit talks. But he now says the party did not have enough time to […]

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

Image copyright PA The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers “from any domain – air, land, sea or cyber”. Sir Michael also emphasised the UK’s ability […]

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Liberal Democrat leader. The ex-energy secretary said he had taken the decision with his family in mind and amid concerns about the “inevitable intrusion” that a leadership bid would entail. Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable is so […]

David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’

David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’

Image copyright PA The minister in charge of the UK’s exit from the EU says elements of his job make landing on the moon look simple. Brexit Secretary David Davis made the remark to business leaders as he discussed the interim arrangements that will be in place after the UK leaves. He suggested the UK […]

Nicola Sturgeon to ‘reset’ independence referendum plan

Nicola Sturgeon to ‘reset’ independence referendum plan

Image copyright Scottish Parliament Image caption Ms Sturgeon said legislation for a second referendum would not now be introduced until at least the autumn of next year Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “reset” her timetable for a second referendum on Scottish independence. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held […]