Steel pensions scheme victim to ‘major mis-selling scandal’

Steel pensions scheme victim to ‘major mis-selling scandal’

Image copyright Getty Images British Steel pension scheme members were targeted by “vulture” financial advisers after Tata was allowed to offload its retirement fund, MPs say. In 2017 the Indian firm announced a restructuring of the £14bn fund to keep its UK loss-making operations afloat. But the government, Tata and regulators failed to protect 124,000 […]

Stormont talks: Sinn Féin to meet UK and Irish governments

Stormont talks: Sinn Féin to meet UK and Irish governments

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption On Wednesday, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill accused the DUP of having “collapsed” the talks process Sinn Féin has said it will meet both the Irish and UK governments on Thursday to discuss the latest failed bid to restore power sharing. The talks ended on Wednesday after the DUP declared […]

Brexit: EU ‘removes transition punishment clause’

Brexit: EU ‘removes transition punishment clause’

Image copyright No 10 Image caption Both sides say they want a time-limited transition after the UK leaves the EU next year EU diplomats have removed a so-called “punishment clause” from a draft text of the arrangement for the Brexit transition period, the BBC understands. A footnote published by the European Commission last week suggested […]

UK blames Russia for ‘malicious’ NotPetya cyber attack

UK blames Russia for ‘malicious’ NotPetya cyber attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reckitt Benckister said firms which do business with Ukraine had been targeted The Russian military was directly behind a “malicious” cyber-attack on Ukraine last summer that spread across Europe, British ministers have said. The UK government has taken the unusual step of publicly accusing Russia of June’s NotPetya ransomware attack. […]

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 […]