Probation system ‘a mess’ despite reforms, say MPs

Probation system ‘a mess’ despite reforms, say MPs

Image caption The government accepts there have been “challenges” and will publish a review in July The system for supervising criminals in England and Wales is in a “mess” after reforms failed to meet their aims, MPs have said. The Commons justice committee said it was “unconvinced” reforms could ever deliver an effective probation service. […]

MPs to investigate ‘fast fashion’ impact

MPs to investigate ‘fast fashion’ impact

Image copyright PA The rise of cheap, disposable clothes and their impact on the environment will be investigated by MPs. ‘Fast fashion’, worn a few times before being dumped, can add to landfill, release toxic chemicals in production and plastic fibres in the wash. The Commons environmental audit committee will look at how the industry […]

Sturgeon to hold talks with UK government

Sturgeon to hold talks with UK government

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relations between the UK and Scottish governments are said to have hit their lowest point since the advent of devolution. Nicola Sturgeon is to meet senior UK government politicians for the first time since accusing them of “ripping up” the devolution settlement. The first minister will hold talks with […]

Hammond: Treasury not the ‘enemy of Brexit’

Hammond: Treasury not the ‘enemy of Brexit’

Image copyright Getty Images The Treasury is not “the enemy of Brexit”, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has insisted. In a speech in the City of London, Mr Hammond said the UK needed to protect patterns of trade with the EU that had been “built over decades”. The chancellor also used his Mansion House […]

Brexit: Three ‘simple’ requirements for EU citizens to stay in UK

Brexit: Three ‘simple’ requirements for EU citizens to stay in UK

Image copyright Getty Images EU citizens will have to answer three “simple” questions online if they want to continue living in the UK after Brexit, the home secretary has said. Sajid Javid said the government’s “default” position would be to grant, not refuse, settled status. People will be asked to prove their ID, whether they […]

Brexit: Three ‘simple’ questions for EU citizens to stay in UK

Brexit: Three ‘simple’ questions for EU citizens to stay in UK

Image copyright Getty Images EU citizens will have to answer three “simple” questions online if they want to continue living in the UK after Brexit, the home secretary has said. “We will not be looking for excuses to not grant settled status,” Sajid Javid told a Lords committee. They will be asked to prove their […]

Greg Hands quits as minister over Heathrow expansion

Greg Hands quits as minister over Heathrow expansion

Image copyright UK Parliament Junior trade minister Greg Hands has resigned from the government to oppose expansion of Heathrow Airport. The vote on whether to build a third runway at the airport west of London is due to be held on Monday. Mr Hands, who represents the Chelsea and Fulham constituency in London, said he […]

Naz Shah’s wheelchair vote prompts calls for Commons reform

Naz Shah’s wheelchair vote prompts calls for Commons reform

Image copyright House of Commons There have been calls for a reform of “archaic” Commons rules after a sick Labour MP had to enter the lobbies in a wheelchair to cast her vote. Naz Shah said she felt she had been stripped of her dignity after being told she would have to vote in person […]

Brexit: ‘You are not alone’, Juncker tells Irish government

Brexit: ‘You are not alone’, Juncker tells Irish government

Image copyright EBU Image caption Leo Varardkar and Jean-Claude Juncker Ireland is not alone in Brexit negotiations and will remain backed by all member states, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said. Mr Juncker was speaking in Dublin on Thursday. He is in Ireland for a two-day visit as the impasse between the EU and […]

Brexit: Theresa May vows ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit

Brexit: Theresa May vows ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit

Media captionLiam Fox tells Laura Kuenssberg rebels have not changed Brexit stance Theresa May has welcomed the passing of the Brexit bill through Parliament as “a crucial step” in delivering a “smooth and orderly Brexit”. Peers accepted the amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sent to them from the House of Commons, meaning the bill […]