Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Image copyright @Nigel_Farage Image caption The president-elect welcomed the UKIP leader at Trump Tower Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since he became US president-elect. A UKIP spokesman said the interim party leader discussed “freedom and winning” with Mr Trump on a visit to Trump Tower in New York. […]

Marine Le Pen: Trump win boosts my chances

Media captionLe Pen’s National Front (FN) is known for its anti-EU, anti-immigration platform. France’s far-right leader has told the BBC that Donald Trump’s victory in the US has boosted her own chances of being elected president next year. Marine Le Pen, who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr Trump had “made possible what […]

Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Image copyright Thinkstock More than one in four UK business leaders say employees have cut their hours because of the “high cost of childcare”, a report from the British Chambers of Commerce says. The survey of more than 1,600 business leaders also found nearly 10% said some staff had quit for the same reason. Government […]

Dog stabbing: Government says laws do not need changing

Dog stabbing: Government says laws do not need changing

Image copyright BCH Police Dogs Image caption German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest after pursuing a suspect Giving police animals the same legal status as officers injured at work is “unnecessary”, the government has said. A petition calling for a change in the law was set up after a Hertfordshire police […]

Call for Scots unity over single market membership

Call for Scots unity over single market membership

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Holyrood’s political parties have all voiced some support for single market access The Scottish government is to ask opposition parties to unite behind it while lobbying the UK government over single market membership post-Brexit. Economy Secretary Keith Brown will lead a debate at Holyrood on Tuesday seeking unanimous support […]

Lord Janner case: Family want child sex abuse inquiry delay

Lord Janner case: Family want child sex abuse inquiry delay

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lord Janner died in December last year The family of the late Labour peer Lord Janner are demanding the public inquiry into child abuse postpones its plan to examine allegations against him. Lord Janner’s son Daniel says that, as civil proceedings by several alleged victims are “already in train”, the […]

Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty and be victims of crime Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review into how ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools, police and the courts. The audit is aimed […]