Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Image copyright PA Image caption The Lib Dem politician has been in Parliament since 1997 Sir Vince Cable is set to become leader of the Liberal Democrats later. The 74-year old is expected to be the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations close at 16:00 BST. Other possible contenders have all ruled themselves […]

State pension age rise brought forward

State pension age rise brought forward

Image copyright Getty Images Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. Those affected […]

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “Wages are falling, the economy is slowing” Theresa May has said she recognises the “sacrifice” made by public sector workers as Jeremy Corbyn urged her to lift the 1% cap on their wages. In the last PMQs before the summer break, Mr Corbyn said people were held back by low pay and […]

BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars

BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars

Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Evans and Winkleman are the BBC’s highest paid male and female stars Chris Evans has topped the list of the BBC’s best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. About two-thirds of stars earning […]

BBC stars’ pay to be revealed in annual report

BBC stars’ pay to be revealed in annual report

The pay received by the BBC’s biggest stars is to be revealed in the corporation’s annual report later. It is the first time this information will be made public. The review, to be published at 11:00 BST, will list the 96 stars who earn more than £150,000 a year. Altogether, their earnings total almost £30m. […]

Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Job rules for departing civil servants ‘not applied’ properly

Image copyright PA Image caption The report recognises that civil servants’ expertise is much in demand in the private sector Rules governing jobs civil servants can take on after leaving government are not being applied consistently, the public spending watchdog has found. Officials must get departments’ say-so before taking up private sector roles. But the […]

Scots ‘could have different Brexit deal’

Scots ‘could have different Brexit deal’

Image copyright Getty Images There is a “strong case” for Scotland having different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas, peers have said. The Lords EU committee said the move could be necessary if a UK-wide deal does not reflect Scotland’s needs. It said this could include Scotland setting its own […]

UK government warned over Brexit and Wales by peers

UK government warned over Brexit and Wales by peers

Image caption Carwyn Jones said the UK government could not “continue to put its head in the sand” The UK government must “raise its game” on Brexit and find ways to protect Wales’ interests in the negotiations, a House of Lords committee has warned. The EU Committee’s report on Brexit and devolution said ministers in […]

Theresa May sacking ministers ‘would get MPs’ support’

Theresa May sacking ministers ‘would get MPs’ support’

Image copyright PA Image caption The cabinet has been posing for an official photo Theresa May would have the backing of Tory MPs if she sacked disloyal ministers for plotting and briefing, a senior backbencher says. Charles Walker, vice-chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, told ministers to “stop chattering away”. Earlier the prime minister told […]

UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June

UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June

Image copyright Reuters The UK’s inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May, official figures have shown. It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices. Fuel prices fell for the fourth month in a row in June, […]