Election: Theresa May urges voters to ‘strengthen my hand’

Election: Theresa May urges voters to ‘strengthen my hand’

Media captionTheresa May says only the Conservatives offer “strong and stable leadership” Every single vote will count in the June general election, the prime minister has told party workers on a campaign visit to Wales. Theresa May visited Bridgend as an opinion poll suggested the Tories were set to make gains in Labour heartlands. The […]

General Election 2017: Labour’s ‘day one’ pledge to EU nationals

General Election 2017: Labour’s ‘day one’ pledge to EU nationals

Media captionSir Keir Starmer: Free movement set to end Labour says it would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if it wins power. While accepting the UK was leaving, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Labour wanted a deal which prioritises jobs and workers’ […]

Government deficit at lowest since financial crisis, says ONS

Government deficit at lowest since financial crisis, says ONS

Image copyright AFP Government borrowing fell by £20bn to £52bn in the year to the end of March, according to official data. That was the lowest level since the financial crisis of 2008, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. In Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget last month, the Office for Budget Responsibility had forecast the […]

PM targets Welsh seats with ‘nationalist’ coalition warning

PM targets Welsh seats with ‘nationalist’ coalition warning

A Labour and Plaid Cymru alliance could undermine Brexit negotiations and put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10, the prime minister has warned. Theresa May said an “unstable coalition of divisive nationalists” was causing “uncertainty and instability”. Her comments, in an article published in the Western Mail, came ahead of her visit to Wales on Tuesday. […]

General Election 2017: Lib Dems to keep ‘nuclear deterrent’

General Election 2017: Lib Dems to keep ‘nuclear deterrent’

Image copyright Reuters The Liberal Democrats would “maintain a credible nuclear deterrent” if they won power, leader Tim Farron is to say. “Our nuclear deterrent keeps us at the top table in this post-Brexit world,” he will tell supporters in Portsmouth. But Mr Farron will advocate replacing the current system of continuous-at-sea deterrence with more […]

Two-tier system leaving refugees in UK destitute, says report

Two-tier system leaving refugees in UK destitute, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of refugees face homelessness and destitution because of a “two-tier” UK system, MPs and peers have warned. The all-party parliamentary group on refugees says people brought to the UK via resettlement schemes receive more support than those given refugee status after arriving as asylum seekers. It says the next government […]

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

Image copyright PA Labour say they would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power. While accepting the UK was leaving, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Labour would press for a different deal prioritising jobs and work rights. It would also seek […]

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Image copyright AP The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election. The courts had given ministers until 16:00 on Monday to set out draft measures to combat illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. A 2016 court ruling said existing […]

General Election 2017: Energy bill cap ‘will hit consumers’

General Election 2017: Energy bill cap ‘will hit consumers’

Image copyright British Gas Plans by the Conservative Party for a cap on household energy bills will lead to fewer benefits for consumers, says one of the UK’s biggest providers. A cabinet minister said the Tories planned to intervene in the energy sector “to make markets work better”. But Scottish Power, one of the “Big […]

General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties

General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties

Image copyright PA Labour will “never, ever apologise” for the closeness of its ties with the trade unions, Jeremy Corbyn will say. The party’s leader is due to address the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore on Monday. Labour has only one MP in Scotland, having lost 40 seats to the SNP at the last […]