MPs pressure City firms over gender diversity

MPs pressure City firms over gender diversity

Image copyright andresr/Getty Images City firms including giants Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have been called on to sign a gender diversity pledge which was first published in 2016. Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan has written to 33 financial services firms who have yet to sign up. She has asked the companies to confirm to […]

Power-sharing talks collapse at Stormont

Power-sharing talks collapse at Stormont

Media captionDUP had agreed a deal in the talks, says Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill There is “no current prospect” of a deal to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader has said. Arlene Foster said the talks failed due to disagreements with Sinn Féin about legislation for the Irish language. […]

Boris Johnson: Let’s unite around Brexit vision

Boris Johnson: Let’s unite around Brexit vision

Media captionJohnson: We need to get positive agenda across Boris Johnson has told his fellow Brexiteers they should not “gloat” about the UK’s departure from the EU, which he said was a cause for “hope not fear”. The foreign secretary urged people to “unite about what we all believe in”, an “outward-looking, confident” UK. Leaving […]

Jean-Claude Juncker: EU superstate claims are nonsense

Jean-Claude Juncker: EU superstate claims are nonsense

Media captionJuncker: Superstate claims ‘total nonsense’ The president of the European Commission has said claims he wants to create a European “superstate” are “total nonsense”. Jean-Claude Juncker said some Britons wrongly saw him as a “stupid, stubborn federalist”. He was responding to a speech about Brexit by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson said […]

Homeless man found dead ‘on doorstep’ of Parliament

Homeless man found dead ‘on doorstep’ of Parliament

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn’s team are thought to have been in contact with the man, often bringing him food A man has been found dead in a Tube station underpass that leads to the Houses of Parliament. The man was homeless and often seen at the entrance to Westminster underground station, politicians […]

Tenants should have ‘default right’ to pets – Labour

Tenants should have ‘default right’ to pets – Labour

Labour wants to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures. Some rental agreements drawn up by landlords insist on no animals. Tenants can seek permission to keep pets but Labour wants a default right for them to do so unless […]

Arlene Foster: ‘No stand-alone Irish language act’

Arlene Foster: ‘No stand-alone Irish language act’

Media captionArlene Foster outlines talks proposals on Irish language Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has said there will be no free-standing Irish Language act. She told BBC News NI she wanted to “clarify matters,” because some speculation had been “off the mark”. However, Sinn Féin said an Irish Language act is “essential” to any […]

New AM Jack Sargeant calls for justice for his father Carl

New AM Jack Sargeant calls for justice for his father Carl

Media captionJack Sargeant was given a standing ovation after giving his first Senedd speech New AM Jack Sargeant has vowed in his first Senedd speech to ensure inquiries ongoing into the first minister’s conduct will examine how his father was treated in the run-up to his death. The 23-year-old successfully held Carl Sargeant’s Alyn and […]

Queen welcomes Sarah Clarke as first female Black Rod

Queen welcomes Sarah Clarke as first female Black Rod

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen and the new Black Rod, Sarah Clarke The first female Black Rod has been presented with her ceremonial staff by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Sarah Clarke, who previously ran the Wimbledon tennis championships, follows in a 650-year line of men in the role. As well as the […]

UK inflation still at 3% despite fall in food prices

UK inflation still at 3% despite fall in food prices

Image copyright PA UK consumer price inflation remained at 3% in January, the same level as in December. The rate, as reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is close to November’s six-year high of 3.1%. Most economists were expecting a small fall in the CPI to 2.9%. Last week, the Bank of England […]