DUP-Tory £1bn deal ‘needs Parliament’s approval’

DUP-Tory £1bn deal ‘needs Parliament’s approval’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Tory Chief Whip Gavin Williamson signed the deal in June Parliament will need to approve the provision of £1bn of extra funding for Northern Ireland, according to lawyers acting for the government. The money was negotiated by the DUP in June as part of […]

Lib Dems must ‘think big’ or struggle warns Ashdown

Lib Dems must ‘think big’ or struggle warns Ashdown

Image copyright PA Image caption The Lib Dems should not be afraid of working with figures in other parties, Lord Ashdown says The Lib Dems are producing “very few new ideas” and must “think big” again, former leader Lord Ashdown has said. The peer said the party, whose autumn conference begins on Saturday, had gone […]

Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

Image copyright Getty Images The government is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, the BBC understands. Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay rises this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors. BBC political correspondent […]

Brexit: Ministers warn of ‘chaos’ if repeal bill rejected

Brexit: Ministers warn of ‘chaos’ if repeal bill rejected

Image copyright EPA MPs opposing the government’s EU repeal bill will be voting for a “chaotic” Brexit, ministers have warned. Brexit Secretary David Davis said people did not “vote for confusion” in last year’s referendum and urged MPs to unite around the government’s plans. MPs will hold a key vote on the legislation, which aims […]

Brexit: Theresa May accused by TUC of ‘Santa wish list’

Brexit: Theresa May accused by TUC of ‘Santa wish list’

Image copyright Getty Images The prime minister has been accused of making unrealistic demands for how the UK will operate after its EU exit. Theresa May’s demands are the “equivalent of a letter to Santa”, the TUC’s general secretary is set to say at the trade union’s annual conference. Keeping the benefits of the EU’s […]

Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs

Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs

Media captionTony Blair: “If you think there is a different and better way… argue for it” Tony Blair has defended his call for new controls on EU migration as a cabinet minister accused him of a belated “epiphany” on the issue. The ex-PM said the UK could stay in the EU after all with new […]

UK’s Hurricane Irma response was not late – Fallon

UK’s Hurricane Irma response was not late – Fallon

Image copyright MOD Image caption Royal Navy personnel have been delivering medical supplies to the British Virgin Islands Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted the UK was “not late” in its response to help British overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said the government’s response had been […]

Simon Coveney urges UK to remain in Customs Union

Simon Coveney urges UK to remain in Customs Union

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Simon Coveney is urging the UK to remain in the Customs Union The Irish Foreign Minister has urged the UK government to consider remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Simon Coveney said he found it “difficult to accept” that the option should be ruled out before […]

Disabled child travel cuts ‘force parents to work less’

Disabled child travel cuts ‘force parents to work less’

Media captionChristine has been forced to quit her job to take her disabled son Christopher to school. Parents of disabled children say they have quit jobs or cut their hours because of problems with the school transport system. Almost half (48%) of those surveyed by the charity Contact said travel arrangements for their child had […]

Anti-Brexit marchers rally in Parliament Square

Anti-Brexit marchers rally in Parliament Square

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of protesters in favour of the UK staying in the European Union have marched in Westminster. The People’s March for Europe took a route through central London before a rally in Parliament Square. Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said there were a growing number of people worried about Brexit’s impact. […]