Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara after comments

Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara after comments

Image copyright House of Commons Jared O’Mara has been suspended by Labour while it investigates comments he allegedly made, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said. The Sheffield Hallam MP, who was elected this year, faces claims he made misogynistic and homophobic remarks. He has apologised for remarks made online in 2002 and 2004, but denies […]

Brexit: MPs may not get vote until UK has left says Davis

Brexit: MPs may not get vote until UK has left says Davis

Parliament may not get to vote on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU until after it has actually left, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said. He told MPs there could not be a vote until after the withdrawal deal had been sealed and this could happen at the “59th minute of the […]

MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

MP’s Brexit letter to universities ‘was research for book’

Media captionJo Johnson is quizzed on Radio 4’s Today whether Chris Heaton-Harris should have sent Brexit letter Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris “should probably not have sent” a letter to universities asking for details of Brexit courses, a minister has said. Universities minister Jo Johnson said his colleague, a government whip, was “regretting very much” his […]

Car owners to face fines for passenger littering

Car owners to face fines for passenger littering

Image copyright Press Association Drivers who allow litter to be thrown from their cars will face fines under new rules, even if the culprit is a passenger, the government has said. The maximum on-the-spot fine for dropping litter will also rise to £150 from April next year. The current maximum fine for littering is £80. […]

Growth figures raise chances of rate rise

Growth figures raise chances of rate rise

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mark Carney and his team meet next week to decide on interest rates The UK’s economy had higher than expected growth in the three months to September – increasing the chances of a rise in interest rates in November. Gross domestic product (GDP) for the quarter rose by 0.4%, compared […]

New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns

New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns

Image copyright PA Image caption Terror watchdog Max Hill QC warned the government against a “knee-jerk” reaction to recent attacks Ministers should not “criminalise thought” with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK’s terror watchdog has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently announced plans to increase jail terms for those found […]

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Jared O’Mara: Labour MP Lucy Powell calls for suspension

Image copyright House of Commons/Labour Party Image caption Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell, right, said Labour MP Jared O’Mara should be suspended while being investigated for misogynistic and homophobic language by the Labour Party A prominent Labour MP says Jared O’Mara should be suspended from the party while claims he made misogynistic and homophobic […]

Tory MP under fire over ‘sinister’ Brexit demand to universities

Tory MP under fire over ‘sinister’ Brexit demand to universities

Image copyright Conservative Party Image caption Chris Heaton-Harris is facing calls to explain why he wanted the information A Eurosceptic Tory MP has been accused of compiling a “hit list” of university professors who teach Brexit courses. Downing Street has distanced itself from government whip Chris Heaton-Harris, who wrote to universities asking for the names […]

Labour investigates MP Jared O’Mara

Labour investigates MP Jared O’Mara

Image copyright House of Commons Labour says it is investigating allegations about the “comments and behaviour” of its MP Jared O’Mara. Mr O’Mara has already apologised for homophobic and misogynistic remarks he made online in 2002 and 2004 and quit the Commons equalities committee. But he denies subsequent allegations of offensive language to a constituent […]

Tory MP’s Brexit demand to universities ‘offensive’ – Lord Patten

Tory MP’s Brexit demand to universities ‘offensive’ – Lord Patten

Image copyright Graeme Robertson Image caption Lord Patten is sworn in as Oxford University chancellor A Eurosceptic Tory MP has been accused of compiling a “hit list” of university professors who teach Brexit courses. Chris Heaton-Harris has written to universities asking for names of such professors and the content of their lectures. A lecturers’ union […]