Tory leadership race: Contenders clash over Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption From left to right: Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart Contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader have clashed over delivering Brexit during a TV debate. The MPs argued over whether a new deal could be renegotiated with the EU, and the prospect of […]

Tory leadership race: EU will renegotiate Brexit package, says Hunt

The EU “would be willing to renegotiate” a Brexit deal, says Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt, adding “they want to solve the problem”. The EU has previously said the withdrawal agreement reached with the UK cannot be reopened. Unlike the race frontrunner, Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt did not commit to leaving the EU on 31 […]

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

Image copyright EPA Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson’s bid. Ms McVey – eliminated in the first ballot – told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but […]

Donald Trump hits out again at Sadiq Khan over London violence

Image copyright PA Image caption The US president and London mayor Sadiq Khan have been in a “political grudge match” for years US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a “national disgrace” who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five attacks in London in less […]

Varadkar: Removing backstop ‘is effectively no deal’

Image copyright Reuters The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has said removing the backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement, would be “effectively the same as no deal”. Leo Varadkar was responding to comments from some candidates seeking to replace Theresa May as prime minister. Many contenders have proposed changes to the backstop, even though the EU says […]

Tory leadership: Rival candidates say there must be ‘no coronation’

Media captionTory leadership: Rivals insist there must be no ‘coronation’ for Boris Rivals for the Conservative leadership have said there must be no uncontested “coronation” for leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Several candidates said the party needed to learn from the experience of electing Theresa May unopposed in 2016. “Let’s not make the same mistake again,” […]

Jeremy Hunt brands Labour leader ‘pathetic’ over Iran comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Norwegian-owned tanker Front Altair was set ablaze on Thursday The foreign secretary has branded Jeremy Corbyn “pathetic”, after he questioned whether the UK had “credible evidence” Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attacks “almost certainly” lies with […]

Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Norwegian-owned tanker Front Altair was set ablaze on Thursday Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether the government has “credible evidence” to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said responsibility “almost certainly” lies with the Iranian regime. But the […]

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson to take part in BBC TV debate

Media captionJohnson: I want grown-up discussion Boris Johnson has said he will take part in Tuesday’s televised Tory leadership debate on the BBC. The frontrunner in the contest to replace Theresa May said the programme, which will be shown after the second round of MPs’ voting, was the right forum to debate the big issues. […]

Tory leadership: Matt Hancock quits contest

Media captionMatt Hancock withdraws from leadership race Matt Hancock has quit the contest to become Conservative leader – and prime minister – a day after coming sixth in the first ballot of the party’s MPs. The health secretary did not endorse any of his former rivals, but told the BBC he was “talking” to them […]

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