Boris Johnson: Brexit opponents ‘collaborating’ with EU

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson has accused MPs “who think they can block Brexit” of a “terrible collaboration” with the European Union. The prime minister said the EU had become less willing to compromise on a new deal with the UK because of the opposition to leaving in Parliament. He said this increased the likelihood […]

MP Chris Williamson sues Labour for suspension over anti-Semitism

Image copyright PA Media An MP is taking the Labour Party to court over its decision to reinstate his suspension for his remarks about the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. Chris Williamson had claimed the party was “too apologetic” on anti-Semitism. His original suspension was lifted in June following a formal warning, but it was reimposed […]

Brexit: Hammond says PM’s demands ‘wreck’ chance of new deal

Image copyright Getty Images Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused the PM of trying to wreck the chance of a new Brexit deal, by making demands the EU could never accept. In a Times article, Mr Hammond said a no-deal Brexit would be “a betrayal” of the 2016 referendum result. He said Parliament would “make […]

Brexit: Ministers expect no-deal challenge next month

Image copyright AFP The government expects a group of MPs to try to block a no-deal Brexit by attempting to pass legislation when Parliament returns next month. A No 10 source said they expected the challenge to come in the second week of September, when MPs are are due to debate a report on Northern […]

UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth in the UK reached an 11-year high in the year to June, and the employment rate was its joint highest since 1971, official figures show. Wage growth rose to 3.9%, while the estimated 76.1% employment rate was the best since comparative records began. Overall, a record high of 32.81 […]

Facebook letter fails to satisfy DCMS chair Damian Collins

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Questions had been asked about why Facebook said its chief executive had not been briefed about Cambridge Analytica until 2018 Facebook’s denials that it had given “inconsistent evidence” about the Cambridge Analytica affair have failed to convince a senior MP. The US company had been accused of contradicting itself […]

Prisons: Boris Johnson pledges £100m to boost security

Image copyright PA Media Prisons in England and Wales are to receive £100m to improve security and cut crime, the government has said. Airport-style security – such as X-ray scanners and metal detectors – would be introduced in more prisons, it said. PM Boris Johnson said stopping weapons, drugs and phones getting into jails would […]

UK ‘first in line’ for US trade deal, says John Bolton

Image copyright Reuters The UK is “first in line” for a trade deal with the US, President Trump’s National Security Adviser has said. John Bolton said the US supported a no-deal Brexit and added that Washington would propose an accelerated series of trade deals. According to Mr Bolton, deals could be done on a “sector-by-sector” […]

Jared O’Mara: MP’s office investigated over security failure

Image caption Jared O’Mara has been an independent MP since resigning from Labour in 2018 Allegations of a security failure at MP Jared O’Mara’s office are being investigated by the House of Commons. The BBC has learned the Sheffield Hallam MP’s chief of staff, Gareth Arnold, was not vetted by Parliament. Mr Arnold, who is […]

Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

Image copyright Getty Images The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime. It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of the most dangerous and prolific offenders. He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and […]