Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May

Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May

Image copyright Getty Images More than 60 Brexit-supporting Tory MPs have written to Theresa May to insist the UK make a clean break with the EU. The MPs say the UK must not be stopped from negotiating trade deals with other countries, once it leaves the EU, and must gain full “regulatory autonomy”. The letter […]

Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis

Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis

Image copyright Getty Images The UK has seen the strongest two quarters of productivity growth since the recession of 2008, according to the latest data. Output per hour rose 0.8% in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics said. It follows growth of 0.9% in the previous period. There was also a […]

MPs send Brexit ‘suggestions’ to Theresa May

MPs send Brexit ‘suggestions’ to Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters More than 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May making a series of “suggestions” about the government’s Brexit strategy. The letter from the European Research Group says the UK should be free to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries as soon as it leaves. The MPs also […]

Corbyn: Spy stories show press is worried by Labour government

Corbyn: Spy stories show press is worried by Labour government

Media captionJeremy Corbyn says Daily Mail and Sun stories ‘nonsense’ Jeremy Corbyn has warned press barons “change is coming” as he accused them of printing “lies and smears” over his contacts with a Czech spy in the 1980s. The Labour leader said newspapers had gone a “little bit James Bond” in their coverage of his […]

Theresa May urges opposition peers to retire to cut size of Lords

Theresa May urges opposition peers to retire to cut size of Lords

Image copyright PA Theresa May is urging Labour and the Liberal Democrats to encourage more of their peers to retire to cut the size of the House of Lords. The prime minister said the Tories had a better record of “embracing retirement at the appropriate time”. She also vowed to end the “automatic entitlement” to […]

Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

Media captionWill ministers be locked in a room ‘all night’? Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said. David Davis said the UK wanted to lead a “global race to the top” in rights and standards not, as some […]

Disputed Stormont ‘deal’ pages leaked

Disputed Stormont ‘deal’ pages leaked

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There has been a 13-month political stalemate in Northern Ireland A leaked copy of the draft agreement being worked on by Northern Ireland’s two main parties, before power sharing talks broke down, has been published. The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin disagree on whether or not a deal was […]

Brexit: David Davis rejects ‘Mad Max-style dystopia’ claims

Brexit: David Davis rejects ‘Mad Max-style dystopia’ claims

Image copyright AFP/Getty Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary will say in a speech. David Davis will say fears about a “race to the bottom” in workers’ rights and environmental standards are “based on nothing”. He will argue for […]

International Development Committee to quiz Oxfam bosses

International Development Committee to quiz Oxfam bosses

Image copyright EPA Image caption Oxfam’s chief executive Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson will be questioned by MPs Senior Oxfam executives are to appear before MPs amid criticism over the way it handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The International Development Committee will question the charity’s chief Mark […]

Jeremy Corbyn vows to curb City of London’s power

Jeremy Corbyn vows to curb City of London’s power

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is vowing to take on the City of London if he becomes prime minister, saying finance should be “the servant of industry, not the masters of us all”. The Labour leader will call for a “fundamental rethink” of the finance sector and how it is regulated. He will also promise […]