Budget 2017: Pubs urge Hammond to cut beer duty

Budget 2017: Pubs urge Hammond to cut beer duty

Image copyright PA Beer duty should be cut by a penny in this month’s Budget to help save pubs from closing, the British Beer and Pub Association (BPA) has said. It comes as sales of beer in the UK’s pubs, bars and restaurants have fallen by the biggest margin for five years. The BPA said […]

SNP minister Mark McDonald quits over ‘previous actions’

SNP minister Mark McDonald quits over ‘previous actions’

Image copyright Scottish government A Scottish government minister has resigned over previous actions which he said were considered “inappropriate”. Mark McDonald, the SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside, said he was stepping down from his role as childcare and early years minister. He apologised and said his attempts to be “humourous” or “friendly” may have led […]

Sexual harassment claims are ‘no witch hunt’, says Harman

Sexual harassment claims are ‘no witch hunt’, says Harman

Image copyright PA Labour MP Harriet Harman has told BBC News that the string of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against MPs is not a witch hunt. She said: “There are a lot of men saying this has been blown out of all proportion, it’s a witch hunt. No, it’s not a witch hunt, […]

Labour MP Clive Lewis denies groping claim

Labour MP Clive Lewis denies groping claim

Image copyright PA Image caption Clive Lewis said he was “taken aback” by the allegation Labour MP Clive Lewis has “completely” denied an allegation that he groped a woman at the party’s annual conference. The Labour Party is investigating after a formal complaint was made against the Norwich South MP on Friday. The former shadow […]

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke suspended after ‘serious allegations’

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke suspended after ‘serious allegations’

Image copyright Photoshot MP Charlie Elphicke has been suspended by the Conservatives after “serious allegations” that have been referred to the police, the party has said. Mr Elphicke, a former party whip who has been the MP for Dover since 2010, has denied any wrongdoing. In a post on Twitter, the married 46-year-old wrote: “The […]

Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins denies sexual harassment claim

Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins denies sexual harassment claim

Media captionWestminster has been rocked by a series of sexual harassment claims Suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has said he “absolutely and categorically” denies claims of sexual harassment. Labour activist Ava Etemadzadeh, 27, earlier told the BBC that Mr Hopkins had hugged her inappropriately after a student event in 2014. Denying the claims, Mr Hopkins […]

Jeremy Corbyn ‘warned over promoting harassment claim MP’

Jeremy Corbyn ‘warned over promoting harassment claim MP’

Media captionAva Etemadzadeh: “It made me feel extremely uncomfortable and it was a revolting act.” Labour’s former chief whip queried Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to promote an MP, following allegations of sexual harassment, the BBC has learned. Dame Rosie Winterton rang the Labour leader’s office to ask why Kelvin Hopkins had been appointed to the shadow […]

Labour activist ‘felt isolated’ over complaint made against MP

Labour activist ‘felt isolated’ over complaint made against MP

Media captionAva Etemadzadeh: “It made me feel extremely uncomfortable and it was a revolting act.” A Labour activist who accused an MP of sexual harassment has told the BBC she feels disillusioned by how the party handled it. Ava Etemadzadeh, 27, said she was left feeling “very powerless and isolated” after Kelvin Hopkins was promoted […]

Priti Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel

Priti Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel

Image copyright EPA The International Development Secretary held undisclosed meetings in Israel without telling the Foreign Office while accompanied by an influential pro-Israeli Conservative lobbyist, the BBC has learned. Priti Patel met the leader of one of Israel’s main political parties and made visits to several organisations where official departmental business was reportedly discussed. According […]

Sir Michael Fallon denies ‘lewd remarks’ allegation

Sir Michael Fallon denies ‘lewd remarks’ allegation

Image copyright Reuters/BBC Image caption Reports claim Sir Michael Fallon made “lewd” remarks to Andrea Leadsom when they served on a Commons committee together. Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said that he “categorically denies” allegations that he made inappropriate sexual comments to Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom. Reports in the Sun and the Daily […]