David Davis defends Brexit team gender balance

David Davis defends Brexit team gender balance

Image copyright Reuters Brexit Secretary David Davis has defended the gender balance in his negotiating team, after questions about the number of women involved. Writing to a House of Lords committee, Mr Davis said 40% of his team in last month’s round of talks had been women. Committee members had said photos showing a largely […]

Amber Rudd defends police stop and search powers

Amber Rudd defends police stop and search powers

Image copyright Getty Images Police should use stop and search to “confront” an increase in acid attacks, the home secretary has said. Writing in the Times, Amber Rudd said officers using the powers “appropriately” had her “full support”. Theresa May curbed the use of the controversial tactic when she was home secretary amid concerns black […]

Darling: ‘Alarm bells ringing’ for UK economy

Darling: ‘Alarm bells ringing’ for UK economy

Media captionAlistair Darling warns regulators to “stay vigilant” on Today Regulators must remain “very very” vigilant about the risks to the economy, former chancellor Lord Darling has told the BBC – 10 years on from the start of the financial crisis. He said a rising level of consumer debt in the economy was a growing […]

UK and Scottish ministers in Brexit powers talks

UK and Scottish ministers in Brexit powers talks

Image copyright Reuters The possibility of releasing new powers to Holyrood after Brexit will be discussed in talks between the UK and Scottish ministers later. First Secretary of State Damian Green will meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland’s Brexit Minister Michael Russell in Edinburgh. The Scottish government has warned of a Westminster “power […]

Ruth Davidson questions net migration target

Ruth Davidson questions net migration target

Image copyright Reuters The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has questioned the government’s goal of reducing net migration below 100,000. In the Daily Telegraph, Ruth Davidson said “we have to ask whether the target continues to be the right one”. “The time for easy slogans is over,” she added. Ms Davidson also called for students […]

UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger

UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Neuberger is retiring next month but says he is thinking of the dilemmas judges will face after Brexit Britain’s most senior judge has told the government it must provide more clarity about how UK law will be developed after Brexit. Currently, UK legislation is subject to rulings made by […]

EU cost: Why £350m and £156m per week are both wrong

EU cost: Why £350m and £156m per week are both wrong

The claim: The UK sends £156m a week to Brussels. Reality Check verdict: The UK actually sent £252m a week to the EU in 2016 after the rebate had been deducted, some of which was spent on projects in the UK. On Monday, the Press Association (PA) wrote some analysis of Treasury data showing that […]

Entente still cordiale for French in UK

Entente still cordiale for French in UK

Image copyright Getty Images A special report by the Office for National Statistics has found there were an estimated 148,800 British citizens living in France in 2016. Most of these live in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, which includes the Dordogne. In the UK, there were 154,800 French citizens estimated to be resident in 2013 to 2015, the majority […]

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘all Venezuela violence’

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘all Venezuela violence’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn said he is ‘sad’ about loss of life in Venezuela Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “very sad” at lives lost in Venezuela and condemned violence done “by any side”. The Labour leader called for a dialogue in the country, where more than 120 people have died during months of anti-government protests. […]

Former Hull MP Kevin McNamara dies aged 82

Former Hull MP Kevin McNamara dies aged 82

Image caption Kevin McNamara was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer Former Labour MP Kevin McNamara, who served his Hull constituency for nearly 40 years, has died aged 82. The former shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer after falling ill while on holiday in Spain. Mr McNamara, who represented […]