Michael Gove plans new environment watchdog after Brexit

Michael Gove plans new environment watchdog after Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some MPs are concerned Brexit poses a risk to UK wildlife and habitats A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would “hold the powerful to […]

Priti Patel ‘overwhelmed’ by support after quitting cabinet

Priti Patel ‘overwhelmed’ by support after quitting cabinet

Media captionPriti Patel says she has been “inundated” with support since resigning over unofficial meetings in Israel Priti Patel has made her first public appearance since resigning as UK international development secretary after a row over unauthorised meetings. Ms Patel, 45, attended the Armistice Day service in her Witham constituency in Essex on Saturday. Earlier […]

Tony Blair: ‘Labour should be 20 points ahead in polls’

Former prime minister Tony Blair has said that Labour should be much further ahead in the opinion polls than it is now, suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t capitalising on the problems facing the government, Mr Blair was speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, as he launched a new report for his Institute for Global Change. […]

Scottish Lib Dems back gender-neutral school uniforms

Scottish Lib Dems back gender-neutral school uniforms

Image caption The conference backed a motion calling for girls to be allowed to wear trousers and boys skirts The Scottish Liberal Democrats have backed a motion calling for all schools to have gender-neutral uniforms for students. Jess Insall, 15, told the party conference that allowing girls to wear trousers and boys to wear skirts […]

Privatised firms paid shareholders £37bn since 2010 – Labour

Privatised firms paid shareholders £37bn since 2010 – Labour

Image copyright PA Privatised companies have paid more than £37bn in dividends to shareholders since 2010 according to Labour. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says in a speech that money could have been invested in public services. Labour says it would renationalise some services, but critics say privatised firms are more efficient. One of the firms, […]

Brexit bill: Barnier gives UK two weeks to clarify key issues

Brexit bill: Barnier gives UK two weeks to clarify key issues

Image copyright AFP The UK has two weeks to clarify key issues or make concessions if progress is to be made in Brexit talks, the bloc’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier was speaking after meeting the Brexit secretary for talks on citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s “divorce bill”. David Davis said […]

Davis stands firm on Irish border issue

Davis stands firm on Irish border issue

Image copyright PA Image caption The future operation of the Irish border is one of the most sensitive Brexit issues There were “frank discussions” about the Irish border in the latest round of Brexit talks, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary was speaking in Brussels after a meeting with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. […]

Nicola Sturgeon questions Alex Salmond’s choice of Russian TV channel

Nicola Sturgeon questions Alex Salmond’s choice of Russian TV channel

Image copyright PA Image caption The first episode of Mr Salmond’s show will be broadcast next week Nicola Sturgeon has said she would have advised Alex Salmond against hosting a TV show on Russian state-funded broadcaster RT if she had been asked. RT has been described as a propaganda tool for Vladimir Putin’s government, but […]

Carl Sargeant independent inquiry to be held

Carl Sargeant independent inquiry to be held

Image caption Carl Sargeant died on Tuesday after an investigation was launched into his conduct First Minister Carwyn Jones has asked for an independent inquiry to examine his “actions and decisions” in relation to Carl Sargeant, who was found dead days after he was sacked. Mr Jones’s decision came shortly after representatives of Mr Sargeant’s […]