Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy asks PM ‘where’s the money for Grenfell?’

Media captionDua Lipa and Stormzy each won two awards Stormzy used his Brit performance to take a swipe at the prime minister over Grenfell. The rapper closed the show after winning two awards at the ceremony and used it to ask a question of the prime minister. In the freestyle rap, he said: “Yo, Theresa […]

Michael Gove tells water firms to clean up their act

Image copyright Severn Trent Water Image caption Schools and 3,500 homes in Shropshire were hit last year when a Severn Trent water main burst Environment Secretary Michael Gove has warned water companies he is ready to give their regulator new powers if they cannot address public concerns over prices, leaks, executive pay and payments to […]

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Media captionUK PM ‘is facilitating talks gridlock’ The government “does not have a viable plan” to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared “entrenchment and drift” in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

Image copyright Reuters The UK has published proposals for how it wants the transition period immediately after Brexit to work. It says the period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. Number 10 denied this meant it would be longer than the planned two years. […]

Labour rejects ex-Czech agent’s Corbyn claims as ‘absurd’

Media captionJan Sarkocy described Mr Corbyn as a “very, very good source” Labour has again denied allegations Jeremy Corbyn had been either a collaborator or agent of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The Labour leader’s spokesman said the claims had come from a single source and were “absurd and hallucinogenic”. It comes […]

Post-Brexit transition will end on ‘fixed date’, ministers say

Image copyright Reuters Ministers say a planned “status quo” period after Brexit will end on a “fixed date” despite critics suggesting it could “last indefinitely”. New government proposals say the transition period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. The leaked plans say there are […]

Stormont ‘could be down for five years’, says Eastwood

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Colum Eastwood repeatedly clashed with DUP MPs while giving evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee The Stormont institutions could be down for five years “if we keep doing what we’re doing”, the leader of the SDLP has warned. Colum Eastwood also said nationalists were beginning to move […]

Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, […]

NFU elects first female president

Media captionMinette Batters: UK must not ‘open flood gates’ to cheap food The National Farmers Union has elected its first female president in the organisation’s 110-year history. Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, takes over from Meurig Raymond, who held the post for four years. She had just one opponent, Essex farmer Guy Smith, […]

UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position

Image copyright Reuters The UK is sticking to its demand for a transition period of about two years after Brexit – or longer if necessary, according to a leaked document. The EU has said it wants the transition to end no later than 31 December 2020, 21 months after Brexit in March 2019. But the […]