How many foreign trips has your MP accepted?

How many foreign trips has your MP accepted?

Members of Parliament have benefitted from more than £2m worth of free overseas trips in the last two years. More than half were paid for by foreign governments and Saudi Arabia spent more than any other, BBC analysis of Parliament’s expenses register reveals. A total of 810 visits were recorded by 340 MPs in the […]

Johnny Mercer questions whether Tory party still shares his values

Johnny Mercer questions whether Tory party still shares his values

Image copyright PA A Tory backbencher has criticised the government and said he would not have stood as an MP “if the situation was like it is now”. Johnny Mercer told The House magazine he was no longer sure that his “set of values and ethos” were still “aligned with the Conservative Party”. And he […]

No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies, says Stena Line

No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies, says Stena Line

Image copyright Stena Line Image caption Global ferry company Stena is warning that UK ports are not ready for Brexit A no-deal Brexit could affect food supplies and see traders bypass Great Britain, the ferry firm Stena Line has warned. There is “very little readiness” at ports and “anxiety is high”, said Ian Hampton senior […]

Brexit: EU ready to extend transition period

Brexit: EU ready to extend transition period

Media captionTheresa May is asked who will be “disappointed” by the outcome of Brexit talks The EU says it is ready to extend the proposed length of the post-Brexit transition period if the UK wants. The current plan is for a transition period of 21 months to smooth the path from Brexit to the UK […]

Jamal Khashoggi case: Fox and Mnuchin quit Saudi summit

Jamal Khashoggi case: Fox and Mnuchin quit Saudi summit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish forensic investigators have been searching for evidence at the Saudi consulate US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia. It comes amid allegations the country was behind the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr […]

Brexit: UK to consider longer transition period

Brexit: UK to consider longer transition period

Media captionPM: Extension would be ‘a matter of months’ The UK’s transition out of the EU could be extended by “a matter of months” to ensure there is no visible border in Northern Ireland, Theresa May has said. The prime minister said this was a new idea that had emerged in negotiations and was not […]

‘Mad cow disease’ at Aberdeenshire farm after BSE confirmed

‘Mad cow disease’ at Aberdeenshire farm after BSE confirmed

A case of BSE – so-called mad cow disease – has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said a movement ban was now in place on the unnamed farm. Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in […]

Oxford Conservatives Bullingdon Club ban overturned

Oxford Conservatives Bullingdon Club ban overturned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bullingdon Club dates back centuries Oxford University’s Conservative Association has overturned a ban on members of the Bullingdon Club. The association last week put the dining club, notorious for its riotous drunken antics, on its list of proscribed organisations. But a disciplinary meeting has found the ban to […]

Brexit: Row erupts over Commons ‘meaningful vote’

Brexit: Row erupts over Commons ‘meaningful vote’

Image copyright Getty Images Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has riled some MPs after appearing to suggest Parliament might not get a so-called “meaningful vote” on any deal. Some MPs want the right to amend whatever Theresa May eventually comes back with, but Mr Raab hinted it may only be a “take it or leave it” […]

Brexit: UK ‘may consider longer transition period’

Brexit: UK ‘may consider longer transition period’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The PM addressed fellow EU leaders for about 20 minutes Theresa May is willing to consider extending the proposed 21-month transition period after Brexit to break the current deadlock over Northern Ireland, senior EU officials have said. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said No 10 had refused to rule out extending […]