Stamp duty tax debate ‘welcome’

Stamp duty tax debate ‘welcome’

Image copyright PA The abolition of stamp duty for many first-time buyers should spark a wider debate over the taxation of property, surveyors say. New buyers purchasing a home of up to £300,000 no longer have to pay stamp duty owing to changes made in last month’s Budget. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) […]

Scottish income tax rises to be unveiled

Scottish income tax rises to be unveiled

Image copyright PA Image caption Derek Mackay will be presenting his second draft budget as Scottish finance secretary Scotland’s finance secretary is expected to confirm income tax rises for middle and higher earners when he unveils his draft budget for next year. Derek Mackay will say the increase in taxation is needed to raise more […]

Speaker says David Davis ‘not in contempt over Brexit papers’

Speaker says David Davis ‘not in contempt over Brexit papers’

The government is not in contempt of Parliament over the release of Brexit impact assessments, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said. Some MPs felt the documents the government had offered were inadequate, and did not meet the Commons’ demands. Mr Bercow said the test over contempt “had not been met”. But he said it was […]

Natural Resources Wales’ budget squeeze warning

Natural Resources Wales’ budget squeeze warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NRW’s responsibilities include rivers, protecting habitats, forestry and the countryside Wales’ environment watchdog “can’t be everywhere, doing everything as some people would expect” unless it has funding to do so, its head has warned. Natural Resources Wales chairwoman Diane McCrea wants more clarity from Welsh ministers about their expectations […]

Brexit bill: Government loses key vote after Tory rebellion

Brexit bill: Government loses key vote after Tory rebellion

Media captionThere were cheers from the opposition benches as the result was announced The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the […]

Government loses key Brexit bill vote after Tory rebellion

Government loses key Brexit bill vote after Tory rebellion

Media captionThere were cheers from the opposition benches as the result was announced The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final […]

Brexit: May stands firm over Commons vote demands

Brexit: May stands firm over Commons vote demands

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has insisted Parliament will have a “meaningful vote” on the terms of Brexit as she faces the threat of a defeat in the Commons later. The PM said MPs would have a say on the final deal before the UK exit in March 2019, but it must happen in […]

Chuka Umunna fears being pushed off a Tube platform

Chuka Umunna fears being pushed off a Tube platform

Image copyright Getty Images Chuka Umunna says he avoids standing near the edge of Tube platforms because of worries for his safety. The Labour MP was speaking after the Committee on Standards in Public Life called for a crackdown on the rise in intimidation and abuse at elections. It said a new criminal offence of […]

What it’s like to work for a political leader in your twenties?

What it’s like to work for a political leader in your twenties?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Heaver, top right, with Nigel Farage after the referendum “I found the whole thing completely overwhelming when I first started.” Kate Shouesmith is admirably candid about what it was like to find herself working in Downing Street aged just 22. Helping answer David Cameron’s correspondence and organising receptions for […]

Theresa May ‘dancing to EU’s tune’ over Brexit, says Farage

Theresa May ‘dancing to EU’s tune’ over Brexit, says Farage

Image copyright AFP Image caption The former UKIP leader suggested the UK had caved in over the “divorce bill” and citizens’ rights The UK has “danced to the EU’s tune” during the Brexit negotiations, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed. In a debate in Strasbourg, he called the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, “Theresa […]