Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A ban on plastic straws in England will form part of a consultation later in the year Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws […]

Windrush: Investigation urged over landing cards

Media caption“There were some who saw it… as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it’s working” – Lord Kerslake A former head of the civil service has called for an investigation into who authorised the destruction of thousands of landing cards of Windrush migrants. Lord Kerslake told BBC Newsnight the Borders Agency was […]

Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Image caption Lord Patten was among two dozen Conservative peers to defy the party whip Peers have defeated the government on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit. Lords voted by 348 to 225 in favour of a plan requiring ministers to report on steps to negotiate a continued union. Backing […]

Windrush: Theresa May hits back at Labour over landing cards

Media captionTheresa May, who was home secretary in 2010, said the decision was taken a year before under a Labour government. Theresa May has said the decision to destroy the landing cards of Windrush migrants was taken under Labour. The prime minister told MPs she was not home secretary when the move was approved, saying […]

Brexit: Labour promises Lords scrap over EU Withdrawal Bill

Image copyright Reuters Labour has said it “won’t be shy” in seeking to inflict defeats on the government as its flagship Brexit bill begins detailed scrutiny in the Lords. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK while ensuring existing laws passed since the UK’s entry in 1973 continue […]

London mayor: Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern are leading feminists

Image copyright PA Image caption Sadiq Khan welcomed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to London London’s mayor has praised the prime ministers of Canada and New Zealand for using their power to champion feminism. Sadiq Khan said Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern were “two of the leading feminists in the […]

Windrush: Amber Rudd should consider position, says Diane Abbott

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anthony Bryan, who came to Britain from Jamaica in 1965, has been detained twice Home Secretary Amber Rudd should “consider her position” over the “misery” caused to Windrush migrants, Labour’s shadow home secretary says. “So many things have gone wrong,” Diane Abbott told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and […]

Brexit: ‘Windrush warning’ over right-to-remain process

Image caption MEPs are due to meet UK officials next week to discuss the Brexit registration process European nationals must not face a “bureaucratic nightmare” to stay in the UK after Brexit, a top MEP has said. Guy Verhofstadt told the European Parliament the three million or so EU residents in the UK must be […]

UK inflation falls to lowest in a year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prices for clothing and footwear, in particular womenswear, rose at a slower rate UK consumer price inflation fell in March to 2.5%, the lowest rate in a year, according to the Office for National Statistics. It fell from 2.7% in February after prices for women’s clothing rose at a […]

De La Rue abandons passport appeal

Image copyright EPA De La Rue has abandoned its plan to appeal against the government’s decision to award a contract to make UK passports to a Franco-Dutch company. The UK firm said that since its announcement on 22 March, it had “considered all options”. De La Rue also issued its second profit warning in less […]

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