Jacob Rees-Mogg says Treasury ‘fiddling figures’ on Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg says Treasury ‘fiddling figures’ on Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacob Rees-Mogg chairs the Conservative Party’s European Research Group Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he believes Treasury officials are “fiddling the figures” on Brexit. Earlier this week, the MP condemned an economic forecast on the impact of Brexit written by civil servants. The leaked report said growth would […]

Carillion collapse: UK puts up £100m to back Carillion contractor loans

Carillion collapse: UK puts up £100m to back Carillion contractor loans

Image copyright Getty Images Contractors affected by the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion will be able to apply for government-backed loans from High Street lenders. Thousands of Carillion suppliers were left unpaid after the construction giant collapsed in January. Ministers say the state-owned British Business Bank will guarantee £100m of lending to those firms, which […]

Russian oligarchs in UK told to explain luxury lifestyles

Russian oligarchs in UK told to explain luxury lifestyles

Image caption James Norton plays the son of a former Russian “Godfather” in the BBC’s McMafia Russian oligarchs suspected of corruption will be forced to explain their luxury lifestyles in the UK, the security minister has said. As part of an organised crime crackdown, Ben Wallace told the Times officials could now seize suspicious assets […]

Theresa May under pressure over Brexit position

Theresa May under pressure over Brexit position

Image copyright PA Theresa May is coming under increasing pressure to set out where she stands on Britain’s future trade agreements. Speaking at the end of a trade visit to China, the PM said Britain would not face a choice between a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit and striking deals with the […]

Steve Baker accepts mistake in civil service ‘conspiracy theory’ row

Steve Baker accepts mistake in civil service ‘conspiracy theory’ row

Image copyright House of Commons A Brexit minister has said he accepts he made a mistake in a Commons exchange which prompted a row about the independence of the civil service. Unions had accused Steve Baker of not challenging a “half-baked conspiracy theory” that the Treasury was trying to influence policy on the customs union. […]

Are civil partnerships under threat?

Are civil partnerships under threat?

Image copyright PA Image caption Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan lost their case for heterosexual civil partnerships in the Court of Appeal in February 2017 Civil partnerships in England and Wales could be scrapped or made available to heterosexual as well as gay couples, in a government review. Ministers are set to back a bid […]

End obsession with Europe, Liam Fox urges

End obsession with Europe, Liam Fox urges

Image copyright AFP/Getty Liam Fox has called for an end to the “obsession with Europe” in economic matters, saying the focus should be on “growing markets” around the world. The international trade secretary said because the proportion of the UK’s exports that go to the EU was falling, “we’ve got to be focussing on the […]

‘I campaigned with a newborn,’ says Labour’s Emma Reynolds

‘I campaigned with a newborn,’ says Labour’s Emma Reynolds

Media captionNew mother Emma Reynolds on maternity and paternity votes An MP has described hitting the campaign trail seven days after giving birth – after a general election was unexpectedly called last year. Labour’s Emma Reynolds gave birth to baby Theo on Good Friday 2017, three weeks before polling day. “I did suffer for it […]

Brexit: Theresa May to fight EU transition residency plan

Brexit: Theresa May to fight EU transition residency plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The prime minister said those arriving after Brexit would have a different set of expectations Theresa May has indicated she will fight a proposal to give EU citizens moving to the UK during the transition period after Brexit residency rights. The PM, who is in China, said there had to […]

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, […]