Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

Image copyright Getty Images A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street. Tracey Crouch MP will take on the role and aim to “shine a light” on an issue affecting about nine million UK people. The Commission on Loneliness was first set up […]

Carillion directors to be investigated

Carillion directors to be investigated

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion. The UK’s second biggest construction firm went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with heavy debts. The Business Secretary has asked for an investigation by the […]

Donald Tusk: EU’s ‘heart still open to UK’ over Brexit

Donald Tusk: EU’s ‘heart still open to UK’ over Brexit

Image copyright AFP The UK would be welcome to stay in the EU if it changed its mind about Brexit, Donald Tusk has suggested. The European Council President told MEPs that the UK would leave the bloc unless it had a “change of heart”. “We haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still […]

UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

Image copyright EPA The UK’s inflation rate has fallen for the first time since June, mainly because of the impact of air fares. The inflation rate dipped to 3% in December, down from November’s rate of 3.1% – a six-year high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while air fares rose last month, […]

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Image caption EU politicians want freedom of movement rules to continue until the start of 2021 The UK’s freedom to determine its own rules on immigration, trade and fishing in a transition period after Brexit may be further restricted, according to revised EU guidelines on a transition. Draft EU documents would see full freedom of […]

Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours

Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Firms working for failed construction giant Carillion on purely private sector deals will only have two days of government support, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has warned. Carillion spent £952m with local suppliers in 2016 and used an extensive network of small firms, who are now waiting […]

UKIP AM Michelle Brown to face committee over racial slur

UKIP AM Michelle Brown to face committee over racial slur

Image caption Michelle Brown has already accepted that her language was inappropriate A UKIP AM will be questioned on Tuesday by the assembly’s standards committee about a racial slur she used to describe a Labour MP. Michelle Brown was recorded making the comment about Chuka Umunna in a telephone conversation with an adviser. She has […]

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers’ groups are trying to […]

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

Image copyright Getty Images The controversial claim that the UK sends £350m a week to the EU was a “gross underestimate”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. He told the Guardian the UK’s contribution was already £362m a week and would rise to £438m by the end of the post-Brexit transition period. Vote Leave’s claim […]