Brexit progress slow, warns EU Parliament’s Verhofstadt

Brexit progress slow, warns EU Parliament’s Verhofstadt

Image copyright AFP Image caption The European Parliament has the power to veto any Brexit deal but not to stop the UK leaving The “slow progress” of Brexit talks means the EU is unlikely to be ready to open discussions soon about future UK relations, MEPs have been told. Guy Verhofstadt said he did not […]

Surgery waits up by 400% in Wales since 2013

Surgery waits up by 400% in Wales since 2013

Image copyright Thinkstock Five times as many patients in Wales are waiting more than a year for surgery compared to four years ago, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. An RCS Freedom of Information request showed more than 3,600 patients had waited more than 12 months in March, compared to almost 700 in March […]

Corbyn ally rules out Scottish Labour leadership bid

Corbyn ally rules out Scottish Labour leadership bid

Image copyright @NeilFindlay_MSP Image caption Mr Findlay’s new book will include a foreword by Jeremy Corbyn A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has ruled himself out of the contest to replace Kezia Dugdale as leader of Scottish Labour. Neil Findlay had been one of the early bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Ms Dugdale, who quit the […]

Lord Hague says election result risks ‘worse’ Brexit deal

Lord Hague says election result risks ‘worse’ Brexit deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The former Tory leader left frontline politics in 2015 The Conservatives’ failure to win the general election outright will mean a “worse” Brexit deal, former Foreign Secretary William Hague has claimed. Theresa May’s loss of her Commons majority had weakened her negotiating hand and the UK would pay a “bigger […]

Surgery waiting times up by 400% in Wales since 2013

Surgery waiting times up by 400% in Wales since 2013

Image copyright Thinkstock Five times as many patients in Wales are waiting more than a year for surgery compared to four years ago, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. An RCS Freedom of Information request showed more than 3,600 patients had waited more than 12 months in March, compared to almost 700 in March […]

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Media captionKezia Dugdale said she was leaving with her “head held high” Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour, saying it is time to “pass on the baton” to someone else. The Lothians MSP has previously criticised UK leader Jeremy Corbyn, and has faced criticism from left-wing members of her own party. She […]

Theresa May seeks to allay Brexit concerns during Japan visit

Theresa May seeks to allay Brexit concerns during Japan visit

Image caption Theresa May condemned North Korea’s missile test ahead of her trip to Japan Theresa May is to begin an official visit to Japan as she seeks to drum up trade and allay Brexit concerns. Japan, which is negotiating a trade deal of its own with the EU, has been forthright in expressing concerns […]

Girl guides among charities to urge lobbying rethink

Girl guides among charities to urge lobbying rethink

Image caption Are charities being ‘hammered’ by the regulations on lobbying? More than 100 charities have written to the government calling for the Lobbying Act to be overhauled. Age UK, Greenpeace and Girlguiding are among those to claim legislation passed in 2014 stopped them from “engaging” during the general election campaign. The act limits how […]

Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

Morale is low among three in every five police officers, a survey by the body representing rank-and-file officers in England and Wales suggests. The Police Federation poll showed the treatment of the service as a whole, pay and work-life balance were having the biggest impact on morale. The proportion of officers planning to leave the […]

Brexit: Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s position papers

Brexit: Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s position papers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Jean-Claude Juncker said there would be “no negotiations” on trade until the British government discussed a financial settlement The European Commission president has criticised the UK’s Brexit negotiations, saying none of the papers provided so far are satisfactory. Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated that there would be no trade negotiations between the […]