Karen Danczuk wants to be Labour candidate in Bury North

Karen Danczuk wants to be Labour candidate in Bury North

Image caption Karen Danczuk previously said she wanted to become an MP to help victims of sexual abuse Karen Danczuk is hoping to become an MP after applying to be a Labour candidate at the general election on 8 June. Mrs Danczuk, who found fame posting “selfies” on Twitter, is hoping to be chosen to […]

UKIP burka ban policy ‘misguided’ says party’s MEP

UKIP burka ban policy ‘misguided’ says party’s MEP

Image copyright PA UKIP’s foreign affairs spokesman has resigned his post in protest at leader Paul Nuttall’s plans to ban the burka. Mr Nuttall sparked controversy over his proposals to outlaw the full-face veil – as well as forcing girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) to face regular medical checks. Announcing his decision […]

General Election 2017: Labour’s ‘day one’ pledge to EU nationals

General Election 2017: Labour’s ‘day one’ pledge to EU nationals

Labour says it would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if it wins power. While accepting the UK was leaving, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Labour wanted a deal which prioritises jobs and workers’ rights. It would also seek an early deal on […]

PM targets Welsh seats with ‘nationalist’ coalition warning

PM targets Welsh seats with ‘nationalist’ coalition warning

A Labour and Plaid Cymru alliance could undermine Brexit negotiations and put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10, the prime minister has warned. Theresa May said an “unstable coalition of divisive nationalists” was causing “uncertainty and instability”. Her comments, in an article published in the Western Mail, came ahead of her visit to Wales on Tuesday. […]

Two-tier system leaving refugees in UK destitute, says report

Two-tier system leaving refugees in UK destitute, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of refugees face homelessness and destitution because of a “two-tier” UK system, MPs and peers have warned. The all-party parliamentary group on refugees says people brought to the UK via resettlement schemes receive more support than those given refugee status after arriving as asylum seekers. It says the next government […]

Government lacks faith in free market, says energy boss

Government lacks faith in free market, says energy boss

Media captionIain Conn, CEO of Centrica defends energy industry on Today after talks of price cap by Tories The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has said some people at the heart of the Conservative government “don’t believe in free markets”. Iain Conn, Centrica’s chief executive, was defending the energy industry after the Tories indicated […]

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

Image copyright PA Labour say they would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power. While accepting the UK was leaving, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Labour would press for a different deal prioritising jobs and work rights. It would also seek […]

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Government seeks clear air plan delay

Image copyright AP The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election. The courts had given ministers until 16:00 on Monday to set out draft measures to combat illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. A 2016 court ruling said existing […]

GE17: No electronic voter registration for Northern Ireland

GE17: No electronic voter registration for Northern Ireland

Image copyright UK GOVERNMENT Image caption This is the message you get if you try to register to vote online in Northern Ireland Electronic voter registration will not be in place in Northern Ireland for the snap general election on 8 June. Legislation to bring in the registration was passed in December but the systems […]

General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties

General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties

Image copyright PA Labour will “never, ever apologise” for the closeness of its ties with the trade unions, Jeremy Corbyn will say. The party’s leader is due to address the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore on Monday. Labour has only one MP in Scotland, having lost 40 seats to the SNP at the last […]