Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Image copyright Getty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be […]

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyright House of Commons A senior Labour MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP […]

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Media captionTheresa May: “What we are looking for is a deal that is right for the United Kingdom” An agreement to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks is “good news” for both Leave and Remain voters, Theresa May has told MPs. She told Parliament it should reassure those who feared the UK […]

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

Worried that a robot will one day take your job? Don’t fear says a senior politician who is urging people to “embrace an android”. If machines can take over routine tasks, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson believes, it will liberate people to focus on areas generating more wealth. If properly regulated, he says the growth […]

Second EU referendum e-petition debated

Second EU referendum e-petition debated

Image copyright Getty Images A petition calling for a second EU referendum will be debated by MPs later. The online petition has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. The petition calls for voters to be given a “final say” on the Brexit deal before the 2019 exit date. The government said Brexit had “the […]

Brexit deal is a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ says EU

Brexit deal is a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ says EU

Media captionThe prime minister announced the deal on Friday The agreement to move Brexit talks on to the next phase is not strictly legally binding but the two sides have “shaken hands” on it, the EU has said. The European Commission said the UK had endorsed the “gentleman’s agreement” between David Davis and Michel Barnier. […]

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Image copyright Getty Images Cold-callers trying to sell pensions could be banned by next summer if the government takes action now, a group of MPs has demanded. Members of the Work and Pensions Committee said that otherwise, the ban may not happen until 2020. The MPs want the government to include the measure in a […]

Lord Kerslake resigns in NHS funding protest

Lord Kerslake resigns in NHS funding protest

Image caption Lord Kerslake said “our problems lie in the way that the NHS is funded and organised” Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major London hospital trust because of NHS funding problems. The former head of the civil service says the government is being unrealistic about the challenges facing the health […]

Brexit: Theresa May claims new sense of optimism in talks

Brexit: Theresa May claims new sense of optimism in talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May attends a Church service in her Maidenhead constituency Theresa May will tell MPs there is a new “sense of optimism” in the Brexit talks after her last-minute deal aimed at moving them to the next phase. She will say she expects EU leaders to agree to start talks […]