Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Image copyright PA Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory members of Parliament, the prime minister said “history will judge us all” over the handling of Brexit. It comes after the government suffered a defeat in […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s visit to China not going ahead

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s visit to China not going ahead

Image copyright AFP A visit to China by Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been called off amid reports a speech by the UK’s defence secretary angered Beijing. There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit next week. But a Treasury spokesperson said: “No trip was ever […]

Brexit: Leaving EU with no deal ‘very adverse’, says Gauke

Brexit: Leaving EU with no deal ‘very adverse’, says Gauke

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Gauke said he hoped a deal would be struck within 10 days Leaving the European Union with no deal would have a “very adverse” effect on the UK, the justice secretary has said. David Gauke said he hoped a deal would be struck within the next 10 days, but […]

Labour MP Paula Sherriff criticises CPS over non-prosecution

Labour MP Paula Sherriff criticises CPS over non-prosecution

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Paula Sherriff says she faces far-right abuse on a regular basis A decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring a prosecution after swastikas were left outside Paula Sherriff’s office has been branded “disgraceful” by the Labour MP. The Dewsbury MP said foil swastikas were left at her […]

Baroness Falkender, Harold Wilson’s powerful secretary, dies

Baroness Falkender, Harold Wilson’s powerful secretary, dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marcia Williams arriving at Downing Street in 1975 Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s secretary Baroness Falkender – formerly Marcia Williams – has died aged 86. Lady Falkender, once dubbed the Duchess of Downing Street, died on 6 February. She was Mr Wilson’s private and political secretary from 1956 to […]

Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

Image copyright Getty Images Universities would be prevented from going bust under new plans unveiled by Labour to protect higher education and students from “rampant” market forces. The plans to overhaul regulator the Office for Students reflect fears about some universities’ viability. Under Labour, the OfS would get an explicit objective of avoiding “disorderly failure” […]

Brexit: Theresa May’s strategy unchanged despite Tory row over defeat

Brexit: Theresa May’s strategy unchanged despite Tory row over defeat

Image copyright EPA Theresa May is sticking to her Brexit strategy, despite her party rowing in the wake of her latest Commons defeat. MPs rejected a motion endorsing her approach by 303 to 258, with 66 Tory MPs abstaining, leading one minister to accuse Brexiteer rebels of “treachery”. Steve Baker, of the backbench European Research […]

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

Media captionChildren protest over climate change and environment Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. […]

Brexit: EU-Irish solidarity ‘will not diminish’, says Varadkar

Brexit: EU-Irish solidarity ‘will not diminish’, says Varadkar

Image caption Mr Varadkar said Ireland had received “remarkable solidarity” from the EU Anyone believing the EU’s solidarity with Ireland may diminish is in for a “nasty surprise”, the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has said. Leo Varadkar made the comments during the All-Island Civic Dialogue conference in Dublin Castle. The event aims to discuss the […]

Private probation firms in Wales and south west in administration

Private probation firms in Wales and south west in administration

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wales Community Rehabilitation Company was formed in June 2014 as part of Ministry of Justice probation reforms Private firms which manage thousands of offenders in Wales and south west England have gone into administration. Working Links community rehabilitation companies will hand over their work to a firm running the […]

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