Toby Young row: PM ‘not impressed’ by comments

Toby Young row: PM ‘not impressed’ by comments

Image copyright PA Theresa May has warned Toby Young about his language, amid calls for the writer to be sacked from a university watchdog over “offensive” tweets. The PM said she had not been aware of a series of controversial comments made by Mr Young before he was appointed to the board of the Office […]

Worboys case: Release of taxi rapist triggers parole review

Worboys case: Release of taxi rapist triggers parole review

Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi The way parole is considered is to be reviewed following the decision to release serial sex attacker John Worboys, the prime minister has said. Theresa May said she was determined to do […]

May drops planned fox-hunting vote after election ‘message’

May drops planned fox-hunting vote after election ‘message’

Media captionTheresa May: ‘There won’t be a vote on fox hunting during this parliament’ Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament. The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and wild mammals […]

PM to reshuffle cabinet on Monday

PM to reshuffle cabinet on Monday

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will reshuffle her cabinet on Monday, with junior ministerial jobs being reassigned on Tuesday. Several newspapers are reporting that Justine Greening will lose her role as education secretary, and a new first secretary of state will be appointed following Damian Green’s sacking. They say Boris Johnson, David Davis and […]

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Northern Forest: Plan to plant ‘ribbon of woodland’ across England

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to create a new Northern Forest stretching from Liverpool to Hull have been kick-started by the government. It is providing £5.7m to increase tree cover along a belt spanning Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. The project will cost £500m over 25 years. The balance of the funds will need to be […]

May drops plans for fox-hunting vote

May drops plans for fox-hunting vote

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Fox hunting was banned across England and Wales in 2004 Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament. The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and […]

May to reshuffle cabinet on Monday

May to reshuffle cabinet on Monday

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will reshuffle her cabinet on Monday, with junior ministerial jobs being reassigned on Tuesday. Several newspapers are reporting that Justine Greening will lose her role as education secretary, and a new first secretary of state will be appointed following Damian Green’s sacking. They say Boris Johnson, David Davis and […]

Labour criticised over reaction to Iran protests

Labour criticised over reaction to Iran protests

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets The head of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has criticised Labour for not condemning Iran’s government following protests in the country’s streets. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told the BBC her party didn’t want to “leap to judgement” and they were taking a “cautious” approach. […]

Tories must come clean on membership figures – ex-chairman

Tories must come clean on membership figures – ex-chairman

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Grant Shapps was Tory chairman between 2012 and 2015 The Conservative Party should “come clean” about how many members it has, its former chairman has said. Grant Shapps said “transparency” on membership numbers was vital even if the figure appeared to be “embarrassing”. The party last published figures in […]

‘Latte levy’ of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

‘Latte levy’ of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

Media captionSome fear the cost of the levy will be passed on to the consumer MPs are calling for a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups – and a total ban unless recycling improves. A report by the Environmental Audit Committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK’s recycling and reprocessing […]