Crossrail 2: City mayors criticise government backing

Crossrail 2: City mayors criticise government backing

Image copyright AFP Two city mayors have criticised the government’s decision to back Crossrail 2, days after it scrapped rail electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said there would be “widespread anger” at the decision to back the railway line, which will run through London. […]

Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences

Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chlorinated chicken is a familiar feature on US shelves but is banned in the EU Liam Fox has downplayed talk that a future US-UK trade deal after Brexit could be threatened by disagreements over chlorinated chicken imports. The international trade secretary said the issue of whether the current UK ban […]

Welsh food and farming industry’s post-Brexit warning

Welsh food and farming industry’s post-Brexit warning

Media captionMichael Gove said meetings had been very positive The UK Environment Secretary said he was taking a “constructive, open-minded and pragmatic” approach to farming as Britain leaves the European Union. Visiting the Royal Welsh Show, Michael Gove said he had a “very warm and positive” first meeting with his Welsh counterpart Lesley Griffiths. Earlier, […]

Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub

Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub

Media captionThe foreign secretary joked about the traditional ‘hongi’ greeting in New Zealand A traditional Maori greeting could be mistaken “in a pub in Glasgow”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has joked. On a visit to New Zealand, Mr Johnson thanked locals for teaching him the hongi greeting, in which people touch their noses together. He […]

UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal

UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal

Image caption Liam Fox will spend two days in Washington The UK is to hold its first talks with the US to try to sketch out the details of a potential post-Brexit trade deal. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will spend two days in Washington with US counterpart Robert Lighthizer. EU rules mean the UK […]

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the […]

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson has warned the UK government it must show greater leadership if it wants to survive. Writing for the website UnHerd, Ms Davidson said the government must be “bold” and do more to make the case for Conservatism. She also said people were losing faith in […]

Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment

Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I did not make a commitment that we would write it off” Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he did not promise to write off all student debt while appealing to young voters during the general election. During the campaign, the Labour leader said he would “deal with” the issue of graduates burdened with […]

Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition

Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition

Media captionFox sets 2022 deadline for EU transition Any transitional arrangement with the EU after Brexit must end by the time of the next election, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary told the BBC he had no ideological objection to interim arrangements to minimise disruption after the UK’s exit in 2019. But he […]

Beverly Martin defection: UKIP loses control of its only council

Beverly Martin defection: UKIP loses control of its only council

Image caption Beverly Martin has defected to the Conservative Party UKIP has lost overall control of the only local authority it runs following the defection of one of its councillors to the Conservatives. The loss of Beverly Martin means the party only holds 27 seats on Thanet District Council while the other parties combined hold […]