Big Ben tower repair costs double to £61m

Big Ben tower repair costs double to £61m

Repair costs for the Elizabeth Tower in the Palace of Westminster have now doubled to an estimated £61m, parliamentary authorities have said. The project is more complex and extensive than originally thought, when the estimate of £29m to £45m was made. Big Ben tower repair costs double to £61m}

Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout

Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout

Media captionDame Louise Casey compares the government’s Universal Credit welfare plan to “jumping over a cliff” Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit, a former top adviser has warned. Dame Louise Casey urged the prime minister to pause the rollout of the new benefit system […]

Brexit: Miracle needed to advance talks, says Juncker

Brexit: Miracle needed to advance talks, says Juncker

Image caption Mr Juncker, a critic of Brexit, regularly expresses scepticism about the state of talks It would take a “miracle” for Brexit talks to progress quickly enough to persuade the EU to start discussing trade soon, a top official has said. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed progress had been made between the two […]

Scores of Tory MPs join energy cap call

Scores of Tory MPs join energy cap call

Image copyright PA Seventy-six Conservative MPs have backed calls for Theresa May to press ahead with a cap on energy prices. In May, Mrs May told the Sun she would, if re-elected, introduce a cap on “unfair” price rises to help 17 million families on standard variable tariffs. But plans put forward by regulator Ofgem […]

UKIP set to unveil new leader amid resignation threats

UKIP set to unveil new leader amid resignation threats

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Anne Marie Waters is the bookies’ favourite UKIP is set to unveil its fourth leader in just over a year after a contest that has divided the party. Anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters is favourite at the bookmakers to take the crown. But many of the party’s 20 MEPs have […]

Carney sees interest rate rise in ‘relatively near term’

Carney sees interest rate rise in ‘relatively near term’

Media captionGovernor of the Bank of England Mark Carney hints interest rates may rise on Radio 4’s Today Interest rates will rise in the “relatively near term” the Governor of the Bank of England has told the BBC. In the clearest indication yet that there could be a rate rise as early as November, Mark […]

Theresa May: Britain committed to defence of Europe

Theresa May: Britain committed to defence of Europe

Image copyright AFP The UK is unconditionally committed to the defence and security of Europe, Prime Minister Theresa May will say. Mrs May is in the Estonian capital Tallinn for an informal meeting of European Union leaders. She will visit 800 British soldiers who have been based in Tapa since April as part of a […]

Uber ruling puts jobs at risk, says Theresa May

Uber ruling puts jobs at risk, says Theresa May

Image copyright EPA The decision to stop Uber operating in London was “disproportionate” and has put thousands of jobs at risk, the prime minister has told the BBC. The taxi-hailing company has been told it will lose its private hire licence, after Transport for London cited public safety and security concerns. Uber is appealing against […]

Brexit: Withdrawal bill gives ‘excessive’ power to ministers, peers warn

Brexit: Withdrawal bill gives ‘excessive’ power to ministers, peers warn

Image copyright PA The bill designed to transfer EU law into UK law in preparation for Brexit will give ministers “excessively wide” powers, a committee of peers has said. The committee examined the delegated powers conferred on the government by the EU Withdrawal Bill. It said Parliament, not ministers, should decide how much scrutiny the […]

David Davis claims ‘decisive steps forward’ in Brexit talks

David Davis claims ‘decisive steps forward’ in Brexit talks

Media captionDavid Davis and Michel Barnier on the state of talks “Decisive steps forward” have been made in the latest round of UK-EU talks, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said. Mr Davis was speaking at the end of the first talks since Theresa May’s speech in Italy last week, in which she said the UK […]