Election donations: Tories given most of record £40.1m total

Election donations: Tories given most of record £40.1m total

Image copyright PA Political parties were given a record £40.1m in donations ahead of June’s general election – and the Conservatives received more than all their rivals combined. New figures from the Electoral Commission covering the 11 largest parties show £24.8m was given to the Tories from April to June, more than double Labour’s £9.4m. […]

UK overestimates non-EU students staying illegally, data suggests

UK overestimates non-EU students staying illegally, data suggests

Image copyright Reuters The UK does not have a major problem with foreign students abusing the immigration system by remaining in the country illegally, new data suggests. Previous estimates showed a large gap between arrivals and departures of foreign nationals who come to the UK to study. Some suggested this was down to many students […]

Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with EU

Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EU member states must adhere to data protection regulations set out by the European Commission The UK will seek “new arrangements” with the EU in order to allow for the continued free flow of personal data, according to a government paper. It argues the UK starts from “unprecedented” alignment […]

Ruth Davidson defends reinstatement of Tory councillors

Ruth Davidson defends reinstatement of Tory councillors

Media captionRuth Davidson says the councillors will be out of the party if they do not change their behaviour Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has defended the decision to reinstate two councillors who had been suspended over offensive Twitter posts. Alastair Majury and Robert Davies were elected as Stirling councillors in May. But it emerged […]

Big net migration fall since Brexit vote

Big net migration fall since Brexit vote

Net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK since last June’s Brexit vote. Net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving the country – fell 81,000 to 246,000 to March 2017, the lowest level in three years. More […]

UK government to investigate impact of overseas students

UK government to investigate impact of overseas students

Image copyright Reuters Home Secretary Amber Rudd is launching an investigation into the impact of international students on the UK’s society and economy. It will look at the effect EU and non-EU students have on the UK labour market while they are in the UK. The study is being launched on Thursday, as the UK […]

Food industry warns of Brexit workforce shortage

Food industry warns of Brexit workforce shortage

Image copyright Reuters The UK food industry has warned that a Brexit workforce shortage could leave a third of its businesses unviable. The Food and Drink Federation said: “Our sector faces a rapidly approaching workforce shortage and skills gap.” In its survey of the “farm-to-fork” supply chain, almost half of all businesses surveyed said EU […]

EU citizen detention letters sent in error

EU citizen detention letters sent in error

Image copyright QMUL Image caption Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg said the incident made her “even less likely” to trust politicians in the wake of Brexit The Home Office sent about 100 letters “in error” to EU citizens living in the UK, telling them they were liable for “detention”. The mistake emerged after a Finnish academic, […]

Labour MP faces backlash over women-only carriages idea

Labour MP faces backlash over women-only carriages idea

Image copyright Getty Images Women’s rights groups and Labour colleagues have criticised a shadow minister for saying female-only train carriages should be considered. Chris Williamson said they were an “idea worth exploring” to reduce sexual offences and create “safe spaces”. But Labour’s former transport secretary said it was an “absolutely crazy idea”, while another of […]

Boris Johnson: Libya is terror fight front line

Boris Johnson: Libya is terror fight front line

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Johnson met Libyan unity government prime minister Fayez Sarraj (right) Libya is the front line in Europe’s struggle against illegal migration and terrorism, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says. On a visit to the capital Tripoli, Mr Johnson pledged more than £9m to help tackle people trafficking and terrorism. He […]