Anger as accused MPs get whip restored for May vote

Anger as accused MPs get whip restored for May vote

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Both MPs were able to vote after having the whip restored A decision to let two suspended Conservative MPs take part in a vote of confidence in Theresa May has been criticised by Labour MPs. Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and Dover’s Charlie Elphicke had the whip restored but both […]

Brexit: Theresa May won’t lead Conservatives into next election

Brexit: Theresa May won’t lead Conservatives into next election

Media captionTheresa May: “I think it is right that the party feels the party would prefer to go into that election with a new leader” Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not lead the Conservative Party into the next general election. She said the party would prefer to “to go into that election […]

Why isn’t Labour trying to topple May now?

Why isn’t Labour trying to topple May now?

Image copyright EPA With Theresa May on the ropes, Jeremy Corbyn is coming under pressure from other opposition parties – and some of his own MPs – to finish her off with the knockout blow of a no-confidence vote in the House of Commons. Unlike the vote she has just survived this would give all […]

David Dimbleby’s 25 years on Question Time

David Dimbleby’s 25 years on Question Time

Media captionSome memorable moments from David Dimbleby’s tenure as Question Time host After 25 years, David Dimbleby’s tenure on BBC One’s Question Time is coming to an end. The presenter is stepping down from the flagship political debate show, with Fiona Bruce poised to replace him. “It has been exhilarating following the twists and turns […]

Brexit: What does Ireland do if there’s no deal?

Brexit: What does Ireland do if there’s no deal?

Image copyright Getty Images The Irish government has been consistent that whatever happens in the Brexit process there will be no hardening of the Irish border. Asked earlier this year, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar said: “That will just never happen – ever.” But how can that promise be kept in the event that […]

Police funding: Government pledges extra £300m

Police funding: Government pledges extra £300m

Image copyright Getty Images Police forces in England and Wales are set to receive an extra £300m to help pay for pension expenses and other costs, ministers have announced. Since 2010, central government funding to police forces has been cut by almost a third, in real terms, leading the number of officers to fall by […]

Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote

Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote

Media captionTheresa May: ‘We now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit’ Theresa May is heading to Brussels for an EU summit, less than 24 hours after surviving a vote of confidence. The prime minister is seeking legally binding pledges from EU leaders on the Irish backstop – a key obstacle for […]

Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs

Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs

Media captionTheresa May: ‘We now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit’ Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. Speaking […]

Scottish budget: Higher earner income tax gap to widen

Scottish budget: Higher earner income tax gap to widen

Media captionScotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said the majority of Scottish tax payers would not be paying more in 2019-20 Scotland’s finance secretary has said he will not pass on a tax break for higher earners that was announced by the chancellor in his UK budget. Derek Mackay said “now is not the time” to […]

Pound sheds some earlier gains as May wins confidence vote

Pound sheds some earlier gains as May wins confidence vote

Image copyright Getty Images The pound has slipped back from its highs of earlier on Wednesday even though Prime Minister Theresa May won the vote of confidence in her leadership. After the result, it dipped to $1.2603, having hit a high of $1.2672 earlier. Of the the 317 Conservative MPs, 200 backed the prime minister, […]