Brexit: Conservatives urge ‘unity’ ahead of EU bill vote

Brexit: Conservatives urge ‘unity’ ahead of EU bill vote

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives have urged MPs to show a “unity of purpose” and back their Brexit legislation in a key vote. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill gets its third reading in the House of Commons later before heading to the Lords. The draft legislation has already been the subject of highly-charged debate in […]

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

Image copyright Getty Images A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street. Tracey Crouch MP will take on the role and aim to “shine a light” on an issue affecting about nine million UK people. The Commission on Loneliness was first set up […]

Tory MP Ben Bradley ‘sorry’ for blog post about jobless

Tory MP Ben Bradley ‘sorry’ for blog post about jobless

Image caption Ben Bradley became the MP for Mansfield in June 2017 A Conservative MP has apologised for a 2012 blog post in which he suggested benefit claimants should have vasectomies. In the post Ben Bradley, made Tory vice-chairman for youth in last week’s reshuffle, hit out at what he called a “vast sea of […]

Momentum’s Christine Shawcroft voted on to Labour disputes panel

Momentum’s Christine Shawcroft voted on to Labour disputes panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn has strengthened his hold on Labour’s internal mechanisms A director of Momentum – the group set up to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – has taken charge of the Labour Party’s disputes panel. Christine Shawcroft replaces Ann Black as the head of the committee, which investigates allegations of […]

Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Carillion was in talks with the government since October as part of a desperate bid to stave off collapse, according to the chief executive. Keith Cochrane says the construction giant was left with just £29m in cash by the time it went bust on Monday. Until the […]

Carillion directors to be investigated

Carillion directors to be investigated

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion. The UK’s second biggest construction firm went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with heavy debts. The Business Secretary has asked for an investigation by the […]

Donald Tusk: EU’s ‘heart still open to UK’ over Brexit

Donald Tusk: EU’s ‘heart still open to UK’ over Brexit

Image copyright AFP The UK would be welcome to stay in the EU if it changed its mind about Brexit, Donald Tusk has suggested. The European Council President told MEPs that the UK would leave the bloc unless it had a “change of heart”. “We haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still […]

UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

Image copyright EPA The UK’s inflation rate has fallen for the first time since June, mainly because of the impact of air fares. The inflation rate dipped to 3% in December, down from November’s rate of 3.1% – a six-year high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while air fares rose last month, […]

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Image caption EU politicians want freedom of movement rules to continue until the start of 2021 The UK’s freedom to determine its own rules on immigration, trade and fishing in a transition period after Brexit may be further restricted, according to revised EU guidelines on a transition. Draft EU documents would see full freedom of […]

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