Huawei row: Top civil servant demands leak inquiry co-operation

Huawei row: Top civil servant demands leak inquiry co-operation

Image copyright AFP Britain’s top civil servant has demanded ministers co-operate with his inquiry into the leaking of discussions at the National Security Council. Sir Mark Sedwill has written to ministers on the council and their special advisers after the Daily Telegraph reported details of a meeting about Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. It comes amid […]

Huawei row: Inquiry to be held into National Security Council leak

Huawei row: Inquiry to be held into National Security Council leak

Image copyright Alamy A formal inquiry is to be held into the leaking of discussions about Huawei at the National Security Council, the BBC has learned. This follows the Daily Telegraph publishing details of a meeting about using the Chinese telecoms firm to help build the UK’s 5G network. Several cabinet ministers have denied they […]

Huawei row: Inquiry ‘being held’ into National Security Council leak

Huawei row: Inquiry ‘being held’ into National Security Council leak

Image copyright Alamy A formal inquiry has begun into the leaking of discussions about Huawei at the National Security Council, the BBC has learned. This follows the Daily Telegraph publishing details of a meeting about using the Chinese telecoms firm to help build the UK’s 5G network. Several cabinet ministers have denied they were involved […]

Political talks plan for Northern Ireland expected

Political talks plan for Northern Ireland expected

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Stormont has been without a devolved government since January 2017 It is understood the British and Irish governments are planning to set up fresh talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney are likely to make an announcement […]

Jeremy Corbyn aide appointed Labour complaints boss

Jeremy Corbyn aide appointed Labour complaints boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laura Murray previously worked in Jeremy Corbyn’s office A member of Jeremy Corbyn’s staff has been made Labour’s head of complaints, amid an ongoing anti-Semitism row. Laura Murray had previously been criticised for intervening in anti-Semitism inquiries led by party staff. The BBC has seen internal emails from last […]

Huawei leak row: Government ‘cannot exclude’ criminal investigation

Huawei leak row: Government ‘cannot exclude’ criminal investigation

Media captionHuawei leak: Minister says he cannot rule out a criminal investigation The government “cannot exclude” a criminal investigation into leaks from a National Security Council meeting. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright condemned leaks to the Daily Telegraph about discussions on using Huawei technology for the UK’s 5G network. Ex-Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the […]

Government ‘will not grant indyref2 consent’

Government ‘will not grant indyref2 consent’

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Lidington is in Glasgow for a major cybersecurity conference Theresa May’s deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said there was “no evidence” of a surge in support for another vote. And […]

Donald Trump should address UK Parliament, says Jeremy Hunt

Donald Trump should address UK Parliament, says Jeremy Hunt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit the UK from 3 to 5 June US President Donald Trump should address MPs during his state visit, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says. A formal address to Parliament is associated with this type of visit, but some had questioned […]

Local election candidate punched

Local election candidate punched

Image copyright Carla Hales Image caption The attack on Carla Hales has been reported to the police A local election candidate out leafleting was punched while taking pictures to upload to social media. Conservative Carla Hales was attacked while in Colchester’s New Town & Christ Church ward on Wednesday. On the doorsteps in the build […]

‘End pensioner benefits to help young’, peers say

‘End pensioner benefits to help young’, peers say

Image copyright Getty Images “Outdated” age-specific benefits for older people should be replaced with support for the young to “deliver a fairer society”, say peers. The Committee on Intergenerational Fairness called for a focus on housing and training policies, rather than benefits like free TV licenses. Committee chair Lord True said failing to rebalance policies […]

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