Local elections: UKIP suffers big losses across England

Local elections: UKIP suffers big losses across England

Image copyright Getty Images UKIP has lost all its council seats declared so far in England and Wales, in what senior figures say is a “challenging” result for the party. After results from 23 local authorities, UKIP has lost 41 councillors and made no gains. It was wiped out in Lincolnshire, losing 13 seats, while […]

Tory Tim Bowles elected West of England mayor

Tory Tim Bowles elected West of England mayor

Media captionConservative mayor Tim Bowles speaks of his pride in being elected. Conservative Tim Bowles has been elected as the first West of England combined authority mayor. Mr Bowles beat Labour candidate Lesley Ann Mansell after second preference votes were counted. Neither candidate reached the required 50% threshold to secure an initial victory, leading to […]

Labour losses not as bad as expected in Wales

Labour losses not as bad as expected in Wales

Labour has suffered losses in Wales during the council elections overnight but the Tories have failed to make as many gains as expected. Labour was hit with three major blows after losing its council leader in Merthyr Tydfil, control of Blaenau Gwent and its majority in Bridgend. But it held Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Many […]

Local and mayoral elections: Conservatives make early gains

Local and mayoral elections: Conservatives make early gains

Image caption Conservative councillors in Warwickshire celebrate their victory The Conservatives have gained control of Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Isle of Wight and Gloucestershire as votes are counted in local and mayoral elections. The party has also retained control of Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Dorset while UKIP has suffered heavy losses so far. Labour lost control of […]

David Davis: European Commission trying to bully UK

David Davis: European Commission trying to bully UK

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis dismissed the suggestion of a 100m euro bill for leaving David Davis has accused the European Commission of “trying to bully the British people” following negative stories about Brexit negotiations. The Brexit secretary said a “line was crossed” when stories suggested the UK could face a 100bn euro […]

UK clean air strategy: Government to publish draft proposals

UK clean air strategy: Government to publish draft proposals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drivers of older diesel cars may be given incentives to scrap their cars under draft government plans The UK government is set to publish a draft air pollution plan after a protracted legal battle with environmental campaigners. It is likely to include a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars […]

Local and mayoral elections: Counting begins

Local and mayoral elections: Counting begins

Image copyright PA Some votes are being counted in local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland, five weeks before the UK’s general election. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England, including 27 counties. Six new […]

Donald Tusk: ‘Don’t let Brexit emotions get out of hand’

Donald Tusk: ‘Don’t let Brexit emotions get out of hand’

Image copyright PA The stakes involved in the UK leaving the EU are too high to let “emotions get out of hand”, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. PM Theresa May has accused EU politicians of making “threats” to try to influence the UK general election. At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Tusk […]

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi wins IS libel case

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi wins IS libel case

Image caption Nadhim Zahawi was the MP for Stratford-on-Avon until Parliament was dissolved for next month’s general election A Conservative politician has won libel damages after it was reported he helped fund so-called Islamic State (IS). An Iranian affiliated broadcaster said MP Nadhim Zahawi bought crude oil from the militant group and sold it to […]

Brexit: Irish border councils to work together

Brexit: Irish border councils to work together

Image copyright PA Image caption The representatives from border councils met in Enniskillen Councils along the Irish border have said they will work together to ensure their common concerns are addressed during Brexit negotiations. They met to discuss a report that sets out the risks and opportunities to the border area after the UK leaves […]