UK government borrowing rises in June

UK government borrowing rises in June

Image copyright Reuters Government borrowing increased last month after the state was forced to pay higher interest on its debt. Public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, rose to £6.9bn in June, up £2bn from a year earlier. The government’s debt costs jumped by more than a third in June from a year earlier after […]

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove says leaving the EU will allow Britiain to reform how it cares for the environment Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech. Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to […]

Former victims’ commissioner is new Parliament watchdog

Former victims’ commissioner is new Parliament watchdog

Kathryn Stone has been appointed as the new parliamentary commissioner for standards. Ms Stone will take on the role of overseeing the code of conduct and rules for MPs, including the register of financial interests. She has previously served as the commissioner for victims and survivors of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Ms Stone will […]

Migration policy risks being made in the dark, peers warn

Migration policy risks being made in the dark, peers warn

Image copyright Getty Images UK methods of measuring immigration are “wholly inadequate” and must be improved if ministers are to take control of the issue, say peers. “Flawed” sample surveys used to calculate net migration mean ministers risk formulating policy “in the dark”, the House of Lords report concludes. The government has pledged to reduce […]

Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May should “urge” Saudi Arabia’s king to halt the executions, say MPs A group of MPs have written to PM Theresa May asking her to intervene in the case of 14 Saudi prisoners believed to be facing imminent execution. The MPs say they are “gravely concerned” UK police training […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]

Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader

Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vince Cable, with new deputy leader Jo Swinson, left. Sir Vince Cable is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, after no-one stood against him. The 74-year old Twickenham MP was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed at 16:00 BST. The former business secretary said there […]

Margaret Thatcher suggested threatening Saddam with chemical weapons

Margaret Thatcher suggested threatening Saddam with chemical weapons

Image copyright Getty Images Margaret Thatcher suggested threatening Iraq with chemical weapons after the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, declassified documents show. The formerly top secret correspondence was between the then UK prime minister and US defence secretary Dick Cheney. Mrs Thatcher told Mr Cheney the US should consider retaliating “in like manner” if Iraq used […]

Brexit transition period could take two years, says Fox

Brexit transition period could take two years, says Fox

Media captionInternational Trade Secretary Liam Fox says an EU trade deal “should be one of the easiest in human history” It could take a further two years for Britain to fully leave the EU and start negotiating new trade deals with other countries, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary told the BBC there […]

Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped

Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped

Image copyright Jaggery/Geograph Image caption Chris Grayling has promised a “whole package of improvements” for the service Plans to electrify the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea have been scrapped, the UK’s transport secretary has said. Chris Grayling told the Western Mail a faster journey between the cities would be achieved without the […]

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