MPs vote to leave Parliament during refit

MPs vote to leave Parliament during refit

Image copyright AFP Image caption The majority of the iconic building dates back to the mid-19th Century MPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while a proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic building takes place. The Commons approved a motion calling for a “full and timely decant”, designed to allow essential repairs, […]

Lord Bates’s resignation over lateness rejected by PM

Lord Bates’s resignation over lateness rejected by PM

Media captionMinister Lord Bates ‘quits’ for being late to debate The prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of a lord who offered to leave his post after being late to the chamber. Lord Bates stunned colleagues in the House of Lords by stating his intention to resign after the “discourtesy” of arriving late […]

Lord Bates quits as government minister after arriving late

Lord Bates quits as government minister after arriving late

Media captionMinister Lord Bates ‘quits’ for being late to debate A member of the House of Lords has stunned colleagues by resigning because he was late to the chamber. Lord Bates said he was “ashamed” to not be in his place to answer a question from Labour’s Baroness Lister. He apologised for his “discourtesy” and […]

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Image copyright HoC With Theresa May in China, stand-ins David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clashed at Prime Minister’s Questions. What happened? David Lidington may not exactly be a household name but it is not the first time he has stood in for Theresa May. Emily Thornberry wasted no time in reminding him of one of […]

I’m not a quitter, says Theresa May amid leadership questions

I’m not a quitter, says Theresa May amid leadership questions

Media captionTheresa May on the ‘British dream’ Theresa May has responded to questions about her future as prime minister, saying: “I’m not a quitter.” Speaking before arriving in China on a trade mission, she referred to Brexit and the “domestic agenda”, adding “there is a long-term job to be done”. Mrs May did not address […]

MSPs back SNP-Green budget agreement

MSPs back SNP-Green budget agreement

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Mackay and Mr Harvie announced on Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached The Scottish budget has passed its first parliamentary hurdle after winning the support of the Greens. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for the plans he first […]

Ministers agree to show MPs the leaked Brexit report

Ministers agree to show MPs the leaked Brexit report

Image caption Brexit minister Robin Walker made the announcement in Parliament Leaked studies on the economic impact of Brexit will be made available to MPs to read, ministers have said. No 10 said it would allow MPs and peers to see the report on a confidential basis after a Commons debate. Ministers decided not to […]

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Image copyright ALAMY Labour has vowed to “close the gap” between spending in the north and south of England and end the “bias” it says there has been in transport investment. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said in a speech that London and the South East have disproportionately benefited from projects such as Crossrail. He said […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]