Dennis Skinner: I won’t be celebrating my birthday

Dennis Skinner says he will not be marking his 86th birthday this Sunday as he does not believe in celebrating “things like that”. The veteran Labour MP was reminded of his big day by Commons Speaker John Bercow as he was about to ask Theresa May about the NHS at Prime Minister’s Questions. The PM […]

Remove hard Brexiteers, ex-minister Anna Soubry tells PM

Remove hard Brexiteers, ex-minister Anna Soubry tells PM

Media captionThe frontbench is in hock to 35 hard ideological Brexiteers – Anna Soubry A pro-European ex-business minister has called on Theresa May to “get a spine” and remove 35 “hard ideological Brexiteers” from the Tories. Anna Soubry told BBC Newsnight she is willing to leave if the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg […]

Trade barriers ‘unavoidable’ outside customs union, says EU’s Barnier

Trade barriers ‘unavoidable’ outside customs union, says EU’s Barnier

Media captionBarnier: It’s time for UK to make a choice The UK will face “unavoidable” barriers to trade if it leaves the customs union and single market, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. Speaking in Downing Street, he said the “time had come” for the UK to choose what it wanted after its […]

Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to end early

Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to end early

Image copyright Getty Images Stagecoach’s contract to run the East Coast Mainline rail franchise will end earlier than expected after the government said the operator had “got its numbers wrong”. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Stagecoach would continue running the London to Edinburgh line only for “a small number of months and no more”. He […]

‘Significant gaps’ at Stormont talks – DUP

‘Significant gaps’ at Stormont talks – DUP

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Sinn Féin wants an Irish language act but the DUP is opposed to that demand Significant gaps remain in talks to restore devolution in Northern Ireland, the DUP has said. Northern Ireland has been without a power-sharing government for a year, after a coalition led by the Democratic Unionist […]

Downing Street insists UK will leave customs union

Downing Street insists UK will leave customs union

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Davis and Theresa May will meet Michel Barnier this week Downing Street has insisted Britain will leave the customs union after Brexit amid claims of Tory disunity over the UK-EU future relationship. Theresa May has faced calls to set out clearly what she wants to secure from the negotiations […]

NHS ‘should be funded by new tax’

NHS ‘should be funded by new tax’

Image copyright PA Image caption A rally was held in London at the weekend calling for more funding for the NHS A new ring-fenced tax to fund the NHS and social care has been proposed by a panel of health experts. The panel, set up by the Liberal Democrats, says the NHS in England should […]

Amber Rudd hits back at Tory Brexiteers

Amber Rudd hits back at Tory Brexiteers

Media captionAmber Rudd says Jacob Rees-Mogg should not have accused Treasury of fiddling figures Home Secretary Amber Rudd has hit back at Tory Brexiteers over attacks on the civil service and claims of disunity. Ms Rudd said backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg was “wrong” to accuse the Treasury of “fiddling the figures” with forecasts showing the UK […]

Marine cuts would ‘undermine UK security’

Marine cuts would ‘undermine UK security’

Media captionDefence Select Committee chairman Julian Lewis explains why the Navy’s landing ships are a “world-beating capability” Cutting the number of Royal Marines and the ships they use to carry out beach landings would significantly undermine UK security, MPs have warned. A government review which began last year has proposed axing up to 2,000 marines […]

Gerry Adams backs Jeremy Corbyn as next PM

Gerry Adams backs Jeremy Corbyn as next PM

Image caption Gerry Adams gave a wide-ranging interview to the Andrew Marr show The outgoing Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has praised Jeremy Corbyn and said he would like to see him become the next prime minister. He was speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr as he enters his final week as president of the […]