Conservative MP Tim Loughton ‘starts day with hour in bath’

Conservative MP Tim Loughton ‘starts day with hour in bath’

A Conservative MP has revealed he spends up to an hour in the bath every morning “to relax and compose my thoughts for the day ahead”. Tim Loughton is co-chairman of a new all-party group on mindfulness, a form of meditation. He has claimed “one of the greatest causes of stress in the world was […]

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

Image copyright Getty Images MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government’s flagship welfare programme is working. Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash. Senior […]

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

‘Rogue’ property agents to be targeted, ministers say

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs are to be outlined by ministers later. They say they want to clamp down on a “small minority of rogue agents” in the property management system who force consumers to pay over-inflated charges. They will consider changing the law so […]

Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal ‘unthinkable’

Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal ‘unthinkable’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The home secretary said security co-operation must be at the heart of the UK’s future relations with the EU The prospect of Brexit happening without any deal being reached between the UK and the EU is “unthinkable”, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Ms Rudd was responding to a question […]

Brexit talks must speed up, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker say

Brexit talks must speed up, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker say

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed to “accelerate” Brexit negotiations – but there was no sign of a breakthrough after their working dinner. A joint statement said the Brussels talks – which came […]

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

Media captionPound’s fall has driven inflation, says Mark Carney The UK’s key inflation rate hit its highest for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012, and up from 2.9% in August. […]

Updated MP boundary plans published

Updated MP boundary plans published

Image caption This summer’s general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 Revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published. The proposed constituency boundaries in England, Scotland and Wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of MPs will be cut from […]

Reversing Brexit would boost economy, says OECD

Reversing Brexit would boost economy, says OECD

Image copyright Getty Images Reversing the Brexit process would boost the UK economy, the Paris-based think tank, the OECD has said. A new referendum or a change of government leading to the UK staying within the EU would have a “significant” positive impact on growth, the OECD said. It also warned “no deal” would see […]

Pro-EU group fined over campaign spending

Pro-EU group fined over campaign spending

Image copyright PA A pro-European campaign organisation and the UK Independence Party are among those to have been fined over the way their finances were reported. The Electoral Commission said the European Movement UK’s spending return for last year’s EU referendum had been “incomplete and inaccurate” and fined it £8,750. UKIP was fined £1,000 for […]

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Brexit negotiations should “accelerate over the months to come,” says a joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels earlier for a dinner […]