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 […]

Rebellion threat to EU Withdrawal Bill

Rebellion threat to EU Withdrawal Bill

Image copyright Getty Images The government is facing the threat of a defeat by rebel backbenchers when MPs vote on its flagship EU legislation. Led by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the rebels want to insert a legal guarantee that MPs should get a vote on any final Brexit deal before it is finalised. […]

Donald Tusk calls Brexit talks a furious race against time

Donald Tusk calls Brexit talks a furious race against time

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Tusk said the EU needed to show “unity” in the next phase of talks The UK and the EU face a “furious race against time” to finalise Brexit talks before March 2019, the head of the European Council says. Donald Tusk urged EU leaders to show unity as they […]

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to […]

Brexit: Right-to-stay forms ‘will only take minutes’

Brexit: Right-to-stay forms ‘will only take minutes’

Image copyright PA It will only take a couple of minutes for EU citizens to register online to stay in the UK after Brexit, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis has said. There would, he said, be a “presumption in favour” of approving applications when the process begins late next year and people should hear in […]

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

Image copyright Getty Images Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase. The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%. Mark Carney, the […]

‘That’s where the babies are suffering’

Should anti-abortion campaigners be banned from standing outside abortion centres and urging women to change their mind? Leila Nathoo visits one clinic in London to hear whether the right to freedom of expression has crossed over into intimidation. ‘That’s where the babies are suffering’}

David Davis comments risk undermining Brexit talks – Guy Verhofstadt

David Davis comments risk undermining Brexit talks – Guy Verhofstadt

Image copyright Getty Images “Unacceptable remarks” by David Davis risk undermining trust in the Brexit negotiations, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator has said. Guy Verhofstadt said calling the outcome of the first phase of talks “a mere statement of intent’” will harm “good faith” in the process. He is demanding last week’s Brexit deal is […]

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]