Oxfam agrees to withdraw government funding bids

Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required, ministers say. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had “a long way to go” before regaining the trust of the public, its staff and the people it aims to help. […]

Lecturers want ‘radical’ tuition fee review

University staff are calling for a “radical” overhaul of tuition fees and higher education funding in England in a review of student finance. Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, says the review must be more than “tinkering at the edges”. The review, to be formally announced in the next few days, follows a […]

Bradley mulls next step after talks failure

Image caption Karen Bradley was speaking during a walkabout in Belfast The Northern Ireland Secretary has said she will consider all options over the weekend following the collapse of power-sharing talks. Karen Bradley is due to update MPs at Westminster on Tuesday. Speaking during a walkabout in Belfast, she said it had been a difficult […]

David Cameron fake ID gang jailed for £1m online scam

Image copyright Met Police Image caption A fake driving licence used the former prime minister’s photo with 10 Downing Street as his address A fraudster who advertised his counterfeit ID factory using a fake driving licence of former prime minister David Cameron has been jailed. Dragoz Dragomir and four accomplices made £1m in a scam […]

Theresa May to hold talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin

Image copyright Downing Street Image caption Theresa May and Angela Merkel will hold talks in Berlin on Friday Theresa May is due to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to make progress on negotiating Brexit. The PM will travel to Berlin for the meeting at the Chancellery. It comes a day […]

MPs warn ‘urgent’ funding needed to reverse prison decline

Image caption Prison inspectors said living conditions in Liverpool jail were the worst they had ever seen Prison inspectors need more funding to hold the government and prison bosses to account when jails have “urgent and serious failings”, MPs have said. A Justice Committee report comes after the BBC revealed the appalling conditions at Liverpool […]

Stormont deal was in place last week says Sinn Féin

Media captionSinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said ‘a draft agreement was in place’ Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said a draft agreement was in place last week to restore Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. The talks ended on Wednesday after the DUP declared there was “no current prospect” of a deal. Ms McDonald […]

Panic attacks have huge effects – Tory AM David Melding

Image caption David Melding said he suspects he is not the only AM to have had panic attacks A senior Conservative AM has spoken of his experiences of “horribly debilitating” panic attacks. Ex-Assembly Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding said such episodes have a “huge effect on your confidence”. Mr Melding was contributing to a debate […]

Grenfell Tower campaigners in ‘Three Billboards’ stunt

Image copyright Jeff Moore/Justice4Grenfell Image caption The banners were inspired by those featured in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Three large billboards demanding justice following the Grenfell Tower fire have been driven through London by campaigners. Group Justice 4 Grenfell hired three vans with adverts which read: “71 dead. And still no arrests? […]

Stormont talks: Sinn Féin to meet UK and Irish governments

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption On Wednesday, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill accused the DUP of having “collapsed” the talks process Sinn Féin has said it will meet both the Irish and UK governments on Thursday to discuss the latest failed bid to restore power sharing. The talks ended on Wednesday after the DUP declared […]