Brexit: Ministers expect no-deal challenge next month

Brexit: Ministers expect no-deal challenge next month

Image copyright AFP The government expects a group of MPs to try to block a no-deal Brexit by attempting to pass legislation when Parliament returns next month. A No 10 source said they expected the challenge to come in the second week of September, when MPs are are due to debate a report on Northern […]

UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high

UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth in the UK reached an 11-year high in the year to June, and the employment rate was its joint highest since 1971, official figures show. Wage growth rose to 3.9%, while the estimated 76.1% employment rate was the best since comparative records began. Overall, a record high of 32.81 […]

Facebook letter fails to satisfy DCMS chair Damian Collins

Facebook letter fails to satisfy DCMS chair Damian Collins

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Questions had been asked about why Facebook said its chief executive had not been briefed about Cambridge Analytica until 2018 Facebook’s denials that it had given “inconsistent evidence” about the Cambridge Analytica affair have failed to convince a senior MP. The US company had been accused of contradicting itself […]

Prisons: Boris Johnson pledges £100m to boost security

Prisons: Boris Johnson pledges £100m to boost security

Image copyright PA Media Prisons in England and Wales are to receive £100m to improve security and cut crime, the government has said. Airport-style security – such as X-ray scanners and metal detectors – would be introduced in more prisons, it said. PM Boris Johnson said stopping weapons, drugs and phones getting into jails would […]

UK ‘first in line’ for US trade deal, says John Bolton

UK ‘first in line’ for US trade deal, says John Bolton

Image copyright Reuters The UK is “first in line” for a trade deal with the US, President Trump’s National Security Adviser has said. John Bolton said the US supported a no-deal Brexit and added that Washington would propose an accelerated series of trade deals. According to Mr Bolton, deals could be done on a “sector-by-sector” […]

Hands-free phone ban for drivers ‘should be considered’

Hands-free phone ban for drivers ‘should be considered’

Image copyright pierrephoto Image caption Hands-free mobile phones create ‘the same risks of collision’ as held devices Drivers could be banned from using hands-free mobile phones in England and Wales, a group of MPs has suggested. Current laws give the “misleading impression” that hands-free options are safe, they warned. While it has been illegal to […]

Legal bid to stop Westminster Brexit shut-down

Legal bid to stop Westminster Brexit shut-down

Image copyright Getty Images A legal challenge to try and prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit is to get under way later. The aim is to get the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule that suspending parliament to make the UK leave the EU without a deal is […]

Jared O’Mara: MP’s office investigated over security failure

Jared O’Mara: MP’s office investigated over security failure

Image caption Jared O’Mara has been an independent MP since resigning from Labour in 2018 Allegations of a security failure at MP Jared O’Mara’s office are being investigated by the House of Commons. The BBC has learned the Sheffield Hallam MP’s chief of staff, Gareth Arnold, was not vetted by Parliament. Mr Arnold, who is […]

Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

Image copyright PA Media The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime. It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of the most dangerous and prolific offenders. He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and […]

Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition

Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition

Image copyright Getty Images The UK Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson has spoken out against a second Scottish independence referendum. It follows comments by shadow chancellor John McDonnell that a future Labour government would not block another vote. Mr Watson said another referendum “is not the answer” to Tory austerity and Brexit. He added […]