Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn vows to create 400,000 ‘green’ jobs

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn will promise to “kickstart a green jobs revolution” if Labour wins power, in his closing speech to his party’s conference. He will commit Labour to hitting a target of 60% of energy to come from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030. To achieve that, 410,000 skilled jobs will need […]

Theresa May: A general election isn’t in the national interest

Media captionTheresa May, who is in New York for a UN meeting, spoke to the BBC about immigration and Brexit Prime Minister Theresa May has said it would “not be in the national interest” for a general election to take place before the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019. Mrs May told journalists […]

What is a ‘Canada-style’ trade deal?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harvesting Canadian oats, which used to attract a 54% tariff in Europe Free trade comes in many forms. It ranges from single markets to customs unions, to association agreements, to free trade agreements (FTAs) and beyond. The EU has negotiated 35 trade agreements for its member states, with another […]

Labour conference: Members vote to keep referendum option open

Media captionDelegates cheer as Keir Starmer says “nobody is ruling out remain as an option” in a further Brexit referendum Labour delegates have approved a motion that would keep all options – including a fresh referendum – on the table if MPs are deadlocked over Brexit. It was passed by a show of hands at […]

RHI: Ex-DUP advisers to give evidence to inquiry

Image caption John Robinson is the DUP’s director of communications, but also served as a special adviser to Simon Hamilton when he was economy minister Two former DUP special advisers will give evidence later to a public inquiry investigating NI’s flawed green energy scheme. John Robinson is the DUP’s director of communications, and a former […]

Jeremy Corbyn: More EU talks if MPs reject Brexit deal

Media captionWould Jeremy Corbyn vote Leave or Remain now? The UK government would have to return to the EU negotiating table if Parliament rejects its Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC. Mr Corbyn said Labour would decide whether to back the deal based on its six tests – which the party says the […]

Brexit: Theresa May wants to cut migration without harming economy

New immigration rules introduced after Brexit must continue to bring numbers down but in a way that does not damage the UK economy, Theresa May has said. Speaking on a trip to the US, the prime minister said ending the free movement of people from the EU was “non-negotiable” in the Brexit talks. Public concerns […]

Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn pledges more free childcare

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is expected to use his conference speech in Liverpool to pledge an expansion of free childcare. Labour has previously said it would offer 30 hours of “genuinely free” childcare to all parents of two, three and four-year-olds in England. Mr Corbyn will say Labour will also offer extra, means-tested subsidised […]

Labour conference: ‘Nationalise the internet’ call rejected

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Eagle: “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t get to choose’ Labour MP Angela Eagle said there were “many ways of skinning a cat” after a Labour member called for the internet to be “nationalised”. Jonathan Cooper said the tech giants had to be stopped from creating “echo chambers of hate”. Ms Eagle […]

Brexit: European Research Group will not vote for PM’s plan, says ex-minister

Image copyright Getty Images A group of Conservative MPs will vote as a block against any Brexit deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers plan, ministers have been warned. Mark Francois told the BBC that he and other members of the European Research Group could not support the PM’s plans as they “do not represent Brexit”. […]

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