Rough sleeping: £100m government plan to tackle homelessness unveiled

Rough sleeping: £100m government plan to tackle homelessness unveiled

Image copyright PA The government has unveiled its £100m strategy to tackle rough sleeping on England’s streets. It wants to “help people turn their lives around”, including support for mental health and addictions. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire vowed to make homelessness “a thing of the past” and the government has vowed to end rough sleeping […]

Paisley supporters to meet to back the suspended MP

Paisley supporters to meet to back the suspended MP

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption DUP MP Ian Paisley has been suspended by the Commons and his Party DUP MP Ian Paisley’s supporters will meet on Monday to show their support. The North Antrim politician is currently suspended by the House of Commons after he failed to declare family holidays paid for by the Sri […]

Abortion clinic buffer zone announcement expected ‘next month’

Abortion clinic buffer zone announcement expected ‘next month’

Media captionAre women seeking abortions being harassed? An announcement on potential moves to protect women attending abortion clinics is expected next month. Campaigners want “buffer zones” barring anti-abortion protests outside clinics, similar to one in Ealing, west London. A UK-wide review was expected to report in July but Home Secretary Sajid Javid has told cross-party […]

Loans offer for Scottish farmers hit by adverse weather

Loans offer for Scottish farmers hit by adverse weather

Image caption The unprecedented weather has led to higher costs such as increased prices for feed and fodder Scottish farmers are being offered government loans to help them recover from months of adverse weather conditions. The National Basic Payment Support Scheme (NBPSS) is being launched to allow farmers early access to their annual payment from […]

Muslim Council urges PM to avoid Boris Johnson ‘whitewash’

Muslim Council urges PM to avoid Boris Johnson ‘whitewash’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Criticism continues of Boris Johnson, who refused to answer questions about the burka row The UK’s largest Muslim organisation is calling on Theresa May to ensure the inquiry into Boris Johnson’s burka comments is not a “whitewash”. According to the Guardian, the Muslim Council of Britain will tell the prime […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Boris Johnson burka probe is ‘show trial’

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Boris Johnson burka probe is ‘show trial’

Image copyright PA Image caption Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Boris Johnson attracts extra criticism because people are envious of him A Conservative Party investigation into Boris Johnson is a “show trial” and is being used to stop him becoming leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Tory backbencher blamed Theresa May’s “personal […]

Ex-Labour leader condemns Corbyn over anti-semitism

Ex-Labour leader condemns Corbyn over anti-semitism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jim Murphy led Scottish Labour from December 2014 to June 2015 A former Scottish Labour leader has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for what he regards as the party’s failure to root out anti-semitism. In an unusual move, Jim Murphy paid for a full page advert in the Jewish Telegraph to […]

UK growth boosted by warmer weather

UK growth boosted by warmer weather

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The construction sector grew by 0.9% over the quarter Economic growth in the UK picked up in the three months to June as construction and services were lifted by the warmer weather, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The economy grew by 0.4% in the period, compared […]

Immigration: Scrap targets after Brexit, CBI urges

Immigration: Scrap targets after Brexit, CBI urges

Image copyright Getty Images Net migration targets should be scrapped after Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry says. Targets should be replaced with a system that ensures people coming to the UK make a positive contribution to the economy, the business group said. Schools and hospitals should receive extra funding where demand is increased by […]

Boris Johnson burka row critic receives abusive emails

Boris Johnson burka row critic receives abusive emails

Media captionLord Sheikh: “Boris Johnson has let the genie out of the bottle” A Tory peer who criticised Boris Johnson for his comments about Muslim women wearing burkas says he has been subjected to abusive emails and calls. Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh told BBC Newsnight he received “vile” Islamophobic messages after calling for […]