Fashion-loving PM receives clothes, shoes and jewellery

Fashion-loving PM receives clothes, shoes and jewellery

Image copyright AFP The PM’s love of fashion has been reflected in gifts she received from designers such as Stella McCartney, government transparency data shows. But under Whitehall rules, Theresa May paid with her own money to keep the clothes from Ms McCartney – and a £495 pair of shoes from Charlotte Olympia. She also […]

Philip Hammond says criticism over Brexit comments ‘absurd’

Philip Hammond says criticism over Brexit comments ‘absurd’

Image copyright Reuters The chancellor has described as “bizarre” and “absurd” accusations he is talking down the economy. Philip Hammond had been criticised for saying that the Brexit process has created uncertainty. But in an interview, Mr Hammond said he was a realist and that he wanted to “protect and prepare” the economy for the […]

UK mobile coverage ‘deplorable’, says Lord Adonis

UK mobile coverage ‘deplorable’, says Lord Adonis

Image copyright Getty Images Mobile phone coverage in the UK is “deplorable”, according to the chairman of the national infrastructure commission, Lord Adonis. The comments come on the day that Lord Adonis launches a public consultation into the UK’s infrastructure. Speaking to the BBC, he also highlighted traffic congestion. Lord Adonis said traffic speeds in […]

Universal credit: Plaid Cymru offers to pay for claimants’ calls

Universal credit: Plaid Cymru offers to pay for claimants’ calls

Image caption Plaid Cymru has called for the “despicable” helpline charges to be scrapped People claiming universal credit have been offered free use of Plaid Cymru phones to avoid helpline charges. MPs Hywel Williams and Liz Saville Roberts said charging “people who are broke” 55p a minute to find out the status of their claim […]

Bercow: Three week conference break is a ‘palaver’

Bercow: Three week conference break is a ‘palaver’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Liberal Democrats held their conference in Bournemouth Party conferences staged by the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems should take place over the course of a weekend, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said. He called it “extraordinary” that MPs leave Westminster for the “palaver” of conference season each […]

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier could start preparing for a transition period The EU is to begin preparing for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, while refusing to discuss the matter with the British government. An internal draft document seen by the BBC suggests the 27 […]

Deadlock over UK’s Brexit bill, says EU’s Michel Barnier

Deadlock over UK’s Brexit bill, says EU’s Michel Barnier

Media captionMichel Barnier: ‘We’ve reached a state of deadlock which is very disturbing’ The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has not been enough progress to move to the next stage of Brexit talks as the UK wants. He said there was “new momentum” in the process but there was still “deadlock” over how […]

Energy price cap plans revealed

Energy price cap plans revealed

Image copyright PA Draft legislation designed to lower the cost of energy bills has been published by the government. The Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariffs Cap) Bill will give energy regulator Ofgem the power to cap standard variable tariffs. About 12 million households are on some form of uncapped default tariff, which can cost […]

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Image copyright PA Newly-qualified GPs are to be offered a one-off payment of £20,000 if they start their careers in areas that struggle to attract family doctors. The £4m scheme, to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, aims to boost the numbers of doctors in rural and coastal areas of England. Mr Hunt said […]

Brexit: David Davis and Michel Barnier to sum up state of talks

Brexit: David Davis and Michel Barnier to sum up state of talks

Image copyright Reuters Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are expected to sum up the state of negotiations on the UK’s departure from the union later. The fifth round of talks – the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on 19 and 20 October – are due to […]