Diane Abbott: I’m back to fighting fitness

Diane Abbott: I’m back to fighting fitness

Diane Abbott says it took her brother to tell her off before she realised she needed to address her diabetes. Ms Abbott had to temporarily step down as shadow home secretary just days before the general election after a series of uncomfortable interviews. She told BBC Breakfast she had not been managing her type 2 […]

Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks

Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks

Media captionNew footage reveals the moment firefighters first saw Grenfell Tower Four separate government ministers were warned that fire regulations were not keeping people safe, in letters that have subsequently been seen by the BBC. In the leaked letters, experts warn that those living in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower were “at risk”. At least […]

Brexit negotiations: David Davis says ‘promising start’ made

Brexit negotiations: David Davis says ‘promising start’ made

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two sides met face to face in Brussels for the first time Negotiations between the UK and the EU have got off to a “promising start”, Brexit Secretary David Davis says. Mr Davis gave a joint press conference alongside EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier after day one of the […]

Leo Varadkar ‘reassured’ about DUP-Tory deal

Leo Varadkar ‘reassured’ about DUP-Tory deal

Image caption Last week Mr Varadkar said he would raise concerns about the potential deal The new Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) has said he has been “reassured” about a potential deal between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party. Leo Varadkar held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday. Last week, he said […]

Brexit ‘will enhance’ UK wildlife laws – Gove

Brexit ‘will enhance’ UK wildlife laws – Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove was announced as the new environment secretary following the 8 June general election Any Brexit changes to the UK’s wildlife laws will increase – not reduce – environmental protection, Michael Gove has pledged. The new Environment Secretary said he wanted to enhance current rules safeguarding Nature wherever possible. […]

Brexit negotiations: David Davis ‘positive’ as first meeting begins

Brexit negotiations: David Davis ‘positive’ as first meeting begins

Image copyright Reuters Brexit Secretary David Davis has said he is entering negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU in a “positive and constructive” frame of mind. As he began talks in Brussels, he said he was determined to build a “strong and special partnership” with the EU. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said […]

Leo Varadkar to meet Theresa May in Downing St

Leo Varadkar to meet Theresa May in Downing St

Image copyright PA Image caption Leo Varadkar, 38, is the youngest ever leader of the Republic of Ireland The new Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar will hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street later on Monday. It comes as Mrs May’s Conservative Party continues to discuss a deal with the Democratic […]

Jo Swinson will not contest Lib Dem leadership

Jo Swinson will not contest Lib Dem leadership

Image copyright PA A Lib Dem MP tipped to become the party’s next leader has ruled herself out of the race. Jo Swinson, who regained her East Dunbartonshire seat at the general election, had been the bookies’ favourite to replace Tim Farron. But she said she would seek to become deputy leader instead. Mr Farron […]

Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Chancellor Philip Hammond has criticised the way the Conservatives fought the general election campaign, saying there should have been more focus on the economy. Mr Hammond said he was unhappy with the low-key role he was given and said the Tories should have put more effort into “dismantling” Labour’s plans. He also said the government […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council

Image copyright Getty/AFP Government staff have been drafted in to bolster the official response to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London. The move follows widespread criticism of the local council’s performance. Residents condemned the relief effort as “absolute chaos” and complained that Kensington and Chelsea Council had provided little support or information. The council […]