Scrap ‘outdated’ free TV licences for over-75s, peers say

Scrap ‘outdated’ free TV licences for over-75s, peers say

Image copyright Getty Images Free TV licences for over-75s and other “outdated” age-related benefits should be scrapped, a group of peers has said, with money spent instead on housing and training for young people. The Committee on Intergenerational Fairness said subsidised licences were no longer justified given improvements in the incomes of many pensioners. It […]

Labour pledges to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes in England and Wales

Labour pledges to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes in England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn will say bus services have been “devastated” by nine years of austerity Labour is pledging to spend £1.3bn a year to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes and fund the expansion of new services in England and Wales. During a visit to Nottingham later, Jeremy Corbyn will […]

Theresa May: Senior Tories rule out early challenge to PM

Theresa May: Senior Tories rule out early challenge to PM

Image copyright Reuters Senior Tories have ruled out changing their rules to allow an early challenge to Theresa May’s leadership, but have asked for more clarity about how long she will remain in office. Under current rules, MPs cannot hold a new confidence vote in her leadership until December – 12 months on from last […]

Huawei row: Ministers demand Huawei leak inquiry

Huawei row: Ministers demand Huawei leak inquiry

Image copyright Reuters Government ministers are calling for a “full and proper” investigation after high-level discussions about the UK using Huawei technology were leaked. The government has approved the supply of equipment by the Chinese telecoms firm for the UK’s new 5G data network despite warnings of a security risk. It is believed the decision […]

Lyra McKee: Standing ovation as priest challenges politicians

Lyra McKee: Standing ovation as priest challenges politicians

Media caption“Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?” A priest received a standing ovation at Lyra McKee’s funeral when he asked why it took her death to unite politicians. Politicians attended a vigil in Londonderry after […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran offers prisoner swap

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran offers prisoner swap

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / FREE NAZANIN CAMPAIGN Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella, who she saw during a temporary release from prison Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released from jail in a prisoner swap with Iranians detained in the US and Australia, Iran has suggested. The British-Iranian was jailed for five years in […]

US-UK trade deal ‘more difficult’ with a customs union

US-UK trade deal ‘more difficult’ with a customs union

Media captionUS Ambassador: Post-Brexit trade deal ‘difficult’ with customs union The US Ambassador to the UK says negotiating a trade deal post-Brexit would be “much more difficult” if the UK is in a customs union with the EU. Woody Johnson also said it would be “more challenging” for the UK “to get control of [its] […]

Lyra McKee: Theresa May to attend funeral

Lyra McKee: Theresa May to attend funeral

Image copyright Brendan Gallagher Image caption Ms McKee had been living in Londonderry but was a native of Belfast The prime minister is to attend the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday. The President of Ireland, the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also attend the service […]

Labour pledges to end ‘slum’ office housing

Labour pledges to end ‘slum’ office housing

Media captionThe families living in converted office blocks in Harlow Labour says it would scrap a government scheme that allows offices and industrial buildings to be converted into homes without planning permission. The party said changes to permitted development rules in England had led to the creation of “slum housing and rabbit hutch flats”. It […]

MP Johnny Mercer’s salary funded by failed bond scheme marketing agent

MP Johnny Mercer’s salary funded by failed bond scheme marketing agent

Image copyright PA Image caption On top of his pay as an MP, Johnny Mercer receives £85,000 a year from Crucial Academy to do four hours work per week A company that marketed a failed bond scheme that lost savers £236m has been funding an MP’s private salary. Johnny Mercer receives £85,000 from Crucial Academy, […]