Defence secretary warns of Russia plot against infrastructure

Defence secretary warns of Russia plot against infrastructure

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gavin Williamson said Russia could cause ‘total chaos’ in the UK Russia could cause “thousands of deaths” by crippling UK infrastructure, the defence secretary has warned. Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph that Moscow was “trying to spot vulnerabilities” in energy supplies which, if cut, could cause “total chaos” in […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Philip Hammond at odds over Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Philip Hammond at odds over Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacob Rees-Mogg is attacking the government over Brexit Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called for a fundamental change in ministers’ tone on Brexit, accusing UK negotiators of being “cowed by the EU”. The Eurosceptic backbencher said in a speech that “close alignment” with the EU after Brexit would be […]

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell gets standing ovation after cancer speech

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David Davis to set out EU transition hopes

David Davis to set out EU transition hopes

Image copyright AFP/Getty Brexit Secretary David Davis is to deliver a speech on the transitional arrangements the UK hopes to negotiate with the EU after it leaves. This relates to the time-limited period that will come after Brexit day but before the final relationship kicks in. The BBC understands Mr Davis will say on Friday […]

Presidents Club: Theresa May ‘appalled’ at men-only gala groping claims

Presidents Club: Theresa May ‘appalled’ at men-only gala groping claims

Media captionFormer hostess: “There were girls sat on people’s laps being fondled and groped” Theresa May has said she was “appalled” by reports women were groped at a men-only gala and was “not happy” that an event like that took place. The Prime Minister said she would continue to work to ensure women were “accepted […]

President Trump predicts ‘tremendous increase’ in UK-US trade

President Trump predicts ‘tremendous increase’ in UK-US trade

Image copyright Reuters President Donald Trump has predicted a “tremendous increase” trade between the UK and US after talks with Theresa May. He also said the US and UK were “joined at the hip” on military matters while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared threats. In a series of warm […]

Minister reprimanded for attending scandal-hit gala

Minister reprimanded for attending scandal-hit gala

Media captionHow The Presidents Club scandal unfolded A government minister has been reprimanded by No 10 for attending a men-only gala that led to allegations of sexual harassment and groping. Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said he attended The Presidents Club fundraiser but left early. The BBC understands he was called to Downing Street […]

Boris Johnson ‘is descendant’ of mummified Basel woman

Boris Johnson ‘is descendant’ of mummified Basel woman

Image copyright SRF Image caption The body was preserved by the high levels of mercury it contained Scientists in the Swiss city of Basel have solved a decades-old mystery over the identity of a mummified woman. Their research revealed a new surprise: the woman is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The […]

Campaigner Sara Khan to lead new counter-extremism body

Campaigner Sara Khan to lead new counter-extremism body

Image copyright Inspire Image caption Sara Khan says she will stand up for shared values but a senior Tory has questioned her independence Campaigner Sara Khan is to head a new body tasked with identifying and rooting out extremism in the UK. She will lead the Commission for Countering Extremism, which Theresa May promised after […]

UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence

UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May will say that harnessing AI poses a major test of leadership The prime minister is to say she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. Theresa May will say at the World Economic […]