Conservative PM candidates face final hustings

Image copyright EPA/Getty The two candidates to become the UK’s next prime minister have made their final pitch to the Conservative Party. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt took part in the final leadership hustings at the London Excel Centre on Wednesday, in front of more than 2,000 Tory members. It came ahead of the final […]

Timmermans: UK ran around ‘like idiots’ in Brexit negotiations

Media captionTimmermans: “It’s like Lance Corporal Jones: ‘Don’t panic, don’t panic’… running around like idiots” UK ministers were “running around like idiots” when they arrived to negotiate Brexit in 2017, a top EU official says. The EU Commission’s First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, said he expected a “Harry Potter-like book of tricks” from ministers. But he […]

Anti-Semitism: May and Corbyn clash over anti-racism records

Image copyright AFP Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over their anti-racism records after the prime minister demanded an apology for anti-Semitism in Labour. Mrs May said it was a “disgrace” Mr Corbyn had “dodged his responsibility” for tackling anti-Jewish prejudice. The Labour leader insisted he was “dealing” with the issue. And he said […]

Labour pledges to end in-work poverty in first five years

Image copyright PA Media Labour is pledging to end in-work poverty within its first five years in office if it wins the next election. In a speech in London, John McDonnell promised to tackle the issue with a “structurally different economy”, “public services free at the point of use” and a “strong social safety net”. […]

Bullying in Parliament: MPs to consider extending inquiry

Image copyright PA Media MPs are due to vote on allowing the parliamentary complaints scheme to investigate historical allegations. The government motion would allow those from before June 2017 to be considered. It comes after a report last week said there was a “significant problem” of MPs bullying and harassing staff, including some who were […]

Labour anti-Semitism row: Advert criticises Jeremy Corbyn

Image copyright PA Media More than 60 Labour peers have put their names to an advert in the Guardian accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism. The signatories, who make up about a third of Labour members in the Lords, said the leader was presiding over a “toxic culture” of anti-Semitism. Many of the […]

Labour pledges to end in-work poverty in first full term

Image copyright PA Media Labour is pledging to end in-work poverty within its first full-term if it wins the next election. In a speech later, John McDonnell will promise to tackle the issue with a “structurally different economy”, “public services free at the point of use” and a “strong social safety net”. This includes a […]

Von der Leyen elected EU Commission head after MEPs vote

Media captionUrsula von der Leyen: “The endeavour is a united, strong Europe” Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen has been narrowly elected president of the EU Commission following a secret ballot among MEPs. The centre-right defence minister will replace Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November. She secured the backing of more than half of the […]

Domestic Abuse laws ‘will tackle injustice’

Media captionDomestic abuse survivor Rachel Williams says she hopes the next PM will be passionate about the issue New laws to protect survivors of domestic abuse in England and Wales have been introduced in Parliament. The Domestic Abuse Bill would place a legal duty on councils to offer secure homes for those fleeing violence and […]

Tory leadership race: Michael Gove ‘keeping shtum’ over choice

Media captionMr Gove says both leadership candidates care passionately about the planet Michael Gove has vowed to “keep shtum” over who he will vote for in the Tory leadership contest. The environment secretary said both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt “would do a great job for this country”. He insisted he wanted to make sure […]