Former Tory aide renews call for anti-Brexit party

Former Tory aide renews call for anti-Brexit party

Image copyright PA Image caption James Chapman (left) was David Davis’s top aide The former chief of staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis has said leaving the EU will be a “calamity for our country”. James Chapman claimed two cabinet ministers had expressed interest in a new centre party to oppose Brexit. He also claimed […]

BBC defends Lord Lawson climate change interview

BBC defends Lord Lawson climate change interview

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Lawson heads a think tank which says there is a “contested science of global warming” BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson in a segment on climate change. The former Conservative chancellor said average global temperatures had declined over the past decade. […]

Jeremy Corbyn to US and North Korea: Ratchet down the rhetoric

Jeremy Corbyn to US and North Korea: Ratchet down the rhetoric

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has called on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to “ratchet down the rhetoric” and said the situation between their countries was “obviously extremely dangerous”. The Labour leader called for talks and said he hoped one day North Korea would enter the “orbit of the rest of the world”. North Korea […]

Home Secretary Amber Rudd targeted by email hoax

Home Secretary Amber Rudd targeted by email hoax

Image copyright PA Home Secretary Amber Rudd was tricked into a brief email exchange with a prankster who impersonated the PM’s new communications chief Robbie Gibb. The hoaxer, who has previously fooled White House officials, managed to communicate with the minister before she spotted the windup. According to The Guardian, he emailed her using her […]

Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

Image copyright PA Labour has accused the government of selling off valuable hospital assets to help plug a hole in NHS finances. Figures from data body NHS Digital show that the amount of NHS land in England earmarked for sale has more than doubled in the past year. Analysis commissioned by Labour found 117 sites […]

No agreement in latest Scots-UK Brexit powers talks

No agreement in latest Scots-UK Brexit powers talks

Image caption Michael Russell and John Swinney sat down with Damian Green and David Mundell The latest talks between the Scottish and UK governments about the repatriation of powers after Brexit have concluded with no agreement. First Secretary of State Damian Green met Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland’s Brexit Minister Michael Russell in […]

Jean-Claude Juncker’s 25,000 euro ‘air taxi’ revealed

Jean-Claude Juncker’s 25,000 euro ‘air taxi’ revealed

Image copyright EPA European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spent 25,000 euros (£22,600) on a private plane to take a nine-person delegation to Rome, campaigners have discovered. The use of the “air taxi” was among almost €500,000 (£451,000) in EU commissioners’ transport and hotel bills during January and February 2016. They were unearthed by Spanish-based Access […]

David Davis defends Brexit team gender balance

David Davis defends Brexit team gender balance

Image copyright Reuters Brexit Secretary David Davis has defended the gender balance in his negotiating team, after questions about the number of women involved. Writing to a House of Lords committee, Mr Davis said 40% of his team in last month’s round of talks had been women. Committee members had said photos showing a largely […]

Amber Rudd defends police stop and search powers

Amber Rudd defends police stop and search powers

Image copyright Getty Images Police should use stop and search to “confront” an increase in acid attacks, the home secretary has said. Writing in the Times, Amber Rudd said officers using the powers “appropriately” had her “full support”. Theresa May curbed the use of the controversial tactic when she was home secretary amid concerns black […]

Darling: ‘Alarm bells ringing’ for UK economy

Darling: ‘Alarm bells ringing’ for UK economy

Media captionAlistair Darling warns regulators to “stay vigilant” on Today Regulators must remain “very very” vigilant about the risks to the economy, former chancellor Lord Darling has told the BBC – 10 years on from the start of the financial crisis. He said a rising level of consumer debt in the economy was a growing […]