Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Chancellor Philip Hammond has criticised the way the Conservatives fought the general election campaign, saying there should have been more focus on the economy. Mr Hammond said he was unhappy with the low-key role he was given and that the Tories should have put more effort into “dismantling” Labour’s plans. He also said the government […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Image copyright Getty/AFP Government staff have been drafted in to bolster the official response to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London. The move follows widespread criticism of the local council’s performance. Residents condemned the relief effort as “absolute chaos” and complained that Kensington and Chelsea Council had provided little support or information. The council […]

Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government

Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen’s Speech was last cancelled under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2011 There will be no Queen’s Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says. Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the next parliamentary session was being doubled in length […]

London fire: Grenfell Tower victims take ‘demands’ to Number 10

London fire: Grenfell Tower victims take ‘demands’ to Number 10

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire and volunteers met the prime minister in Downing Street Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire have met the prime minister in Downing Street to discuss their “demands” amid growing anger in the wake of the blaze. A man representing the group, said they […]

May ‘distraught as we all are’ about Grenfell fire

May ‘distraught as we all are’ about Grenfell fire

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May is as “distraught as anyone” about the Grenfell Tower fire, according to the First Secretary of State, Damian Green. He described criticism of her response to the disaster as “terribly unfair”. The prime minister faced cries of “coward” and “shame on you” when she returned to the scene on […]

Brexit talks ‘to focus on withdrawal first’

Brexit talks ‘to focus on withdrawal first’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier (left) and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis confirmed the start of talks Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has […]

London fire: Crowds vent anger at Theresa May

London fire: Crowds vent anger at Theresa May

Image copyright PA A large police presence held back angry crowds outside a Kensington church where Theresa May was meeting victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The prime minister faced cries of “coward” and “shame on you”. One woman wept, saying it was because the PM declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting which […]

May visits Grenfell survivors in hospital

May visits Grenfell survivors in hospital

Image copyright EPA Theresa May has visited survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in hospital – as colleagues defended her against claims she was failing to engage with those affected by the tragedy. The PM spent almost an hour speaking to patients and staff at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Friday. It came a […]

UK to agree Brexit divorce bill before trade talks – EU sources

UK to agree Brexit divorce bill before trade talks – EU sources

Image copyright Reuters Image caption EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier (left) and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis confirmed the start of talks The UK has agreed to sort out its EU “divorce bill” and citizens’ residence rights before starting Brexit trade talks, EU sources have told the BBC. But the UK’s Brexit department has insisted […]

Man held by police outside Parliament

Man held by police outside Parliament

Image copyright Rob Crook A man was brought down with a Taser outside the Palace of Westminster after he reached for a knife when approached by officers, Scotland Yard has said. A bearded man, wearing black trousers and a grey sweatshirt, was seen being held against the fence with his arms behind his back by […]