Michael Gove apologises for ‘clumsy’ Weinstein joke on Today

Michael Gove apologises for ‘clumsy’ Weinstein joke on Today

Media captionMichael Gove makes a Harvey Weinstein ‘joke’ on the Today programme Michael Gove has apologised “unreservedly” after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The environment secretary compared being interviewed by presenter John Humphrys with going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom. He added: “You just hope you emerge with your […]

‘Zero tolerance’ for MPs who abuse women – Jeremy Corbyn

‘Zero tolerance’ for MPs who abuse women – Jeremy Corbyn

Image copyright EPA MPs who abuse or sexually harass women must be “held to account”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will say later. M Corbyn will speak out against “a culture where the abuse of women has often been accepted and normalised,” including at Westminster. It comes as Downing Street described allegations of sexual harassment in […]

Hurricane Irma: Aid rule change to be considered

Hurricane Irma: Aid rule change to be considered

Image copyright PA Image caption Caribbean islands were hit by Hurricane Irma last month British overseas territories damaged by hurricanes could access aid in future under new plans, the BBC has learned. Some small Caribbean islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma last month were deemed too wealthy to qualify for aid. But on Monday […]

UK ‘won’t recognise’ Catalan independence

UK ‘won’t recognise’ Catalan independence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy in 2016 The UK will not recognise the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence, Downing Street says. Theresa May’s official spokesman said the declaration was based on a vote that had been declared illegal. The Scottish government said it understood and respected Catalonia’s […]

Brexit: EU bank may not fully repay UK until 2054

Brexit: EU bank may not fully repay UK until 2054

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK is one of the four largest shareholders in the European Investment Bank Billions of euros of British taxpayers’ money could remain locked into an EU bank for more than thirty years after Brexit, the UK has been warned. Alexander Stubb, vice president of the European Investment Bank […]

Top civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood treated for cancer

Top civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood treated for cancer

Image copyright PA The UK’s top civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has been receiving treatment for cancer. The Cabinet Office said Sir Jeremy, who has been cabinet secretary since 2012, was diagnosed earlier this year. In a statement, it said the 55-year old had received treatment over the summer and the early autumn which “went […]

Referee Tory MP Douglas Ross to miss World Cup

Referee Tory MP Douglas Ross to miss World Cup

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ross missed a House of Commons vote as he was officiating at a Barcelona match in the Champions League Scottish Tory MP Douglas Ross has told football authorities he will no longer accept refereeing appointments when Parliament is sitting. It means he will not be in the running […]

Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs

Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs

Image copyright Science Photo Library Rules on disclosing crimes committed in childhood in England and Wales should be “radically revised”, say MPs. The Commons Justice Committee said the system was “wholly inappropriate”, denied children a “second chance” and may breach human rights laws. People do not have to disclose “spent” past convictions and cautions after […]

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

Image copyright PA The six-week waiting time for universal credit should be cut and be a maximum of one month, MPs say. The Work and Pensions Select Committee said the six-week wait before claimants receive their first payment was causing “acute financial difficulty”. It said reducing the delay – designed to mimic waiting for a […]

Harvey Weinstein faces losing CBE amid sexual assault allegations

Harvey Weinstein faces losing CBE amid sexual assault allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Harvey Weinstein could be stripped of his CBE following allegations of sexual assault made against the Hollywood producer, the BBC understands. The removal of the honour is believed to be being “actively considered” by the government’s Honours Forfeiture Committee for the first time. He was awarded an honorary CBE for outstanding […]