Pro-EU group fined over campaign spending

Image copyright PA A pro-European campaign organisation and the UK Independence Party are among those to have been fined over the way their finances were reported. The Electoral Commission said the European Movement UK’s spending return for last year’s EU referendum had been “incomplete and inaccurate” and fined it £8,750. UKIP was fined £1,000 for […]

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Brexit negotiations should “accelerate over the months to come,” says a joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels earlier for a dinner […]

Ministers back tougher sentences for attacks on emergency staff

Image copyright PA Attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law which has been given government backing. Labour MP Chris Bryant’s private member’s bill would double the maximum sentence for common assault against an emergency worker to a year. Mr Bryant called assaults on police and paramedics “a national disgrace”. Policing […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber to retire from House of Lords

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Lloyd Webber was made a Conservative peer by John Major in 1997 Andrew Lloyd Webber is to retire from the Lords as of midnight on Monday, the House has confirmed. The 69-year-old composer became a life peer in the 1997 New Year’s Honours list and sat as a Conservative […]

Vauxhall: Union calls for support to protect jobs

Image copyright Vauxhall The government should give “a clear signal” that it will support the automotive industry through Brexit to protect jobs at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, the Unite union says. The union is calling for reassurance from the plant’s French owners, PSA Group, that they will continue to invest in the facility. But Unite […]

Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Image copyright Getty Images It is an “utter disgrace” that Welsh members of the European Parliament voted for a delay in Brexit talks, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill has said. Labour’s Derek Vaughan and Jill Evans of Plaid Cymru backed the EU not to start on the next phase of trade talks. Mr Vaughan said the […]

Boris Johnson takes Czech minister for a paddle

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has treated his Czech counterpart to a paddle around the lake of his official residence. During a walk around the estate at Chevening House, the UK foreign secretary tried to encourage ministers from other European countries allies to join him in the small boat. Accompanying Czech deputy foreign minister Ivo […]

Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]

Call for ‘rethink’ on Scottish fracking ban

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has said the party should “think again” on its attitude to fracking. The Scottish government has announced an “effective ban” on the controversial method of extracting oil and gas. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said consultation on the issue showed “overwhelming” opposition. Mr Sillars told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s McDonnell

Image copyright JEFF OVERS Image caption Leaving the EU without a deal was “not a realistic option”, Mr McDonnell claimed Parliament can stop the UK leaving the EU without negotiating a deal, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He told the BBC there was “not a majority” in the Commons for such a scenario and […]