Robin spotted in the House of Commons

Robin spotted in the House of Commons

Image copyright Twitter/Kirsty Blackman Image caption The SNP’s Kirsty Blackman spotted the bird in the Commons chamber An unusual visitor has been spotted in the chamber of the House of Commons. With less than an hour to go before Prime Minister’s Questions started, the SNP’s Kirsty Blackman spotted a robin looking down on the famous […]

Labour seeks to force publication of leaked Brexit study

Labour seeks to force publication of leaked Brexit study

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sir Keir Starmer says ministers cannot sideline Parliament to hide their party’s “deep divisions” Labour will try to force the government to release its latest assessment of the impact of Brexit on the economy through a binding Commons vote. The leaked study suggests that in three different scenarios the UK […]

‘Overwhelming’ evidence for adding folic acid to flour

‘Overwhelming’ evidence for adding folic acid to flour

Image copyright Mint Images/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY There are fresh calls for the government to fortify flour with folic acid in the UK to help protect babies from common birth defects. A new study concludes higher doses of the B vitamin, which can prevent spina bifida in unborn babies, will not harm the general public. Folic […]

Drop in consumer demand hits UK car manufacturing

Drop in consumer demand hits UK car manufacturing

Image copyright Getty Images Car manufacturing in the UK fell last year for the first time since 2009. According to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 1.67 million cars left UK factories in 2017, a decline of 3% compared with the year before. The SMMT says lower demand from UK […]

I’m not a quitter, says Theresa May amid leadership questions

I’m not a quitter, says Theresa May amid leadership questions

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has responded to questions about her future as prime minister, saying “I’m not a quitter.” Speaking before arriving in China on a trade mission, she referred to Brexit and the “domestic agenda”, adding “there is a long-term job to be done”. Mrs May did not address criticism of her from […]

Ministers reject calls to publish leaked Brexit study

Ministers reject calls to publish leaked Brexit study

Media captionMinister: There’s a campaign to overturn Brexit vote The government says it will not publish a leaked report document predicting an economic hit from Brexit. Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the document was at a “preliminary” stage and releasing it in full could damage the UK’s negotiations with the EU. According to BuzzFeed, the […]

Don’t just muddle through Brexit, ex-minister warns

Don’t just muddle through Brexit, ex-minister warns

Image copyright House of Lords Britain cannot “just muddle through” Brexit, ex-minister Lord Bridges has said, warning that “keeping every option open is no longer an option”. The Tory peer said ministers appeared unsure of what they wanted after leaving and the void was being filled by “conflicting, confusing voices”. His warning came as a […]

Leaked government Brexit paper suggests UK economic hit

Leaked government Brexit paper suggests UK economic hit

Image copyright Getty Images The UK economy will grow more slowly outside the European Union, no matter what deal is struck with Brussels, a leaked government document suggests. BuzzFeed News reports the Whitehall analysis found growth over the next 15 years could be up to 8% lower than if the UK stayed in the EU. […]

Peers line up to debate EU bill

Peers line up to debate EU bill

Image copyright House of Lords The House of Lords is packed as members line up to debate the government’s crucial Brexit bill. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is aimed at ensuring a smooth transition when Brexit happens and EU law no longer applies in the UK. It has already cleared the Commons, but peers could now […]

MP Owen Paterson breaks his back in riding accident

MP Owen Paterson breaks his back in riding accident

Image caption MP Owen Paterson was riding on Saturday when he fell from his horse A Conservative MP has broken his back in a riding accident. Owen Paterson, MP for north Shropshire, was out riding on Saturday when he fell from his horse, breaking three vertebrae. He is in hospital in Gobowen, Shropshire, and has […]