General election 2017: Women’s Equality Party launches manifesto

General election 2017: Women’s Equality Party launches manifesto

Image caption The Women’s Equality Party leader says she hopes other parties will steal their ideas The Women’s Equality Party says it would invest in “social infrastructure” with free childcare and “fully equal” parental leave. The party, founded in 2015, is contesting seven seats on 8 June and will launch its manifesto later. Leader Sophie […]

EU’s Barnier visiting Irish border region

EU’s Barnier visiting Irish border region

Image caption Michel Barnier said he wanted to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator is visiting the Irish border region. Michel Barnier is on a two-day visit to Ireland ahead of the beginning of Brexit negotiations. He is meeting local business owners, who […]

Scottish smacking ban consultation opens

Scottish smacking ban consultation opens

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under Scottish law, parents can claim a defence of “justifiable assault” when punishing their child Proposals to ban parents in Scotland from smacking their children have been opened up for public consultation. The move is ahead of a proposed member’s bill in the Scottish Parliament which aims to give […]

General election 2017: May targets Labour’s ‘deserted’ voters

General election 2017: May targets Labour’s ‘deserted’ voters

Image copyright EPA Conservative PM Theresa May will claim Labour has “deserted” working-class voters as she campaigns in the north east of England on Friday. She will pledge to campaign “in all corners” of the UK to reach those who have been “abandoned by Labour”. She will say that people have voted Labour for generations […]

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says ‘I’m not a pacifist’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn says ‘I’m not a pacifist’

Image copyright Getty Images Jeremy Corbyn will say he is “not a pacifist” and accepts that military action is needed “as a last resort” at a speech in London on Friday. But the Labour leader will say that is “very far” from the “almost routine” military interventions of recent times. He will pledge a “robust”, […]

Bury North Lib Dem candidate says ‘vote Labour instead’

Bury North Lib Dem candidate says ‘vote Labour instead’

Image copyright Richard Baum Image caption Liberal Democrat Richard Baum wants people to back Labour in order to defeat the Tories in Bury North A Liberal Democrat candidate has urged supporters to vote for his Labour rival in a bid to defeat the Conservatives in the general election. Richard Baum has been selected by the […]

Labour manifesto unanimously agreed – Jeremy Corbyn

Labour manifesto unanimously agreed – Jeremy Corbyn

Image copyright Getty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party’s manifesto has been “unanimously agreed” and will be published “in the next few days”. A draft version was leaked which included policies on nationalising railways and renewing Trident weapons. Mr Corbyn said that had been “amended” and he believed its policies would be […]

General election 2017: Labour’s draft manifesto at-a-glance

General election 2017: Labour’s draft manifesto at-a-glance

A draft of Labour’s 51-page general election manifesto has been leaked. You can read the whole thing here – or, below, are some of its key policies. Renationalisation Image copyright Reuters Bring the railways back into public ownership as franchises expire and repeal the Railways Act 1993 which privatised the network Freeze passenger rail fares, […]

General election 2017: David Cameron on need to stop ‘extreme Brexit’

General election 2017: David Cameron on need to stop ‘extreme Brexit’

Media captionThe Conservatives need to be able to stand up to those who want an “extreme” Brexit, says Mr Cameron A strong election victory would allow Theresa May to “stand up to people who want an extreme Brexit either here or in Brussels”, David Cameron says. The former PM, who quit after the UK voted […]