Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and ex-Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen are among those affected Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the […]

Call to deselect Carl Benjamin as UKIP MEP candidate over rape comments

Image caption UKIP’s leader Gerrard Batten, pictured, said Carl Benjamin’s comments were made in satire Calls have been made to deselect a candidate in the European election following comments he made about rape on social media in 2016. Carl Benjamin wants to stand to become an MEP for the South West for UKIP. Members of […]

Crossrail ‘could be delayed until 2021’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Elizabeth Line had been due to open in December 2018 Crossrail could be delayed until 2021, according to a senior source associated with the project to build a new railway underneath central London. The east-west route, officially called the Elizabeth Line, will run between Reading and Shenfield in Essex […]

Brexit: No deal means hard Irish border, says Selmayr

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martin Selmayr (right) served as Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff from 2014 to 2018 One of the European Commission’s most powerful officials has said that a no-deal Brexit would mean a hard Irish border. The comments from Martin Selmayr feature in a documentary made by ARTE, the Franco-German broadcaster. […]

Extinction Rebellion: Charges over climate change train protest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two activists climbed on to a train at Canary Wharf while another glued his hand to the window Three people have been charged over an Extinction Rebellion protest where activists climbed on top of a train. A man glued himself to the side of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) […]

Conservative MP seeks to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption John Bercow was elected Speaker in 2009 A Conservative MP is making a fresh attempt to remove John Bercow from his position as House of Commons Speaker. Crispin Blunt has said he will table a motion expressing no confidence in the Speaker when the House of Commons returns […]

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Image copyright Getty Images An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. But critics say teens may find […]

Disorderly Brexit ‘risks Scottish recession’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Researchers say Scotland could face a 5.5% loss of output A disorderly Brexit risks a deep recession in Scotland, according to researchers. The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), part of the University of Strathclyde, predicts a loss of more than one £1 in every £20 of output from the […]

Council elections voter ID trial: What you need to know

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Voters in some parts of the country will need ID when they go to the polling stations Voters in 10 areas of England will have to bring identity documents with them to the polling station in next month’s council elections. The pilot for the vote on 2 May follows […]

Change UK approved for European polls

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Independent Group is now a political party called Change UK The Electoral Commission has approved The Independent Group’s application to register as a political party. The group – made up of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who quit their parties in February – will become Change UK. […]