UK trade deficit surges in November

UK trade deficit surges in November

The UK’s trade position deteriorated sharply in November from the previous month. The deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated at £4.2bn in November, up from £2.6bn in October. The widening gap reflects a £3.3bn surge in imports according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For the three months to the end […]

Wales Bill support from AMs ‘not foregone conclusion’

Wales Bill support from AMs ‘not foregone conclusion’

Image caption Mark Drakeford says the deal on funding does not guarantee support for the Wales Bill It is not a “foregone conclusion” that AMs will back the next stage of devolution in a vote next week, the Welsh finance minister has said. Mark Drakeford said a new agreement on funding had removed a barrier […]

RHI scandal: Theresa May and Enda Kenny discuss Stormont crisis

Media captionArlene Foster said she had been ‘disgracefully maligned’ over the botched heating scheme scandal Prime Minister Theresa May has had a telephone call with the Taoiseach (Irish PM) Enda Kenny about the ongoing crisis at Stormont. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness stepped down on Monday over the handling of a botched energy scheme. The […]

Theresa May used ‘well-established’ blind trust mechanism

Theresa May used ‘well-established’ blind trust mechanism

Image copyright AP Theresa May used a “well-established mechanism” in setting up a blind trust to manage her financial interests on becoming PM, Downing Street has said. Under the arrangement, ministers avoid conflicts of interest with government work, but do not have to reveal their investments in full. The Lib Dems said the public had […]

RHI scandal: Northern Ireland ‘faces brutal election’

Media captionArlene Foster said she had been ‘disgracefully maligned’ over the botched heating scheme scandal Northern Ireland’s outgoing first minister has warned that if an election goes ahead, it will be “brutal”. Arlene Foster was speaking after the Secretary of State said the “clock was ticking” on an election following the resignation of Martin McGuinness. […]

Jeremy Corbyn outlines plans to ‘cap’ boardroom pay

Media captionJeremy Corbyn on pay disparity within organisations Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans to curb boardroom pay while seeming to back away from the idea of a maximum wage. Options to be considered by Labour include increasing income tax for the top earners and giving remuneration committees a veto on pay packages. Companies which […]

Johnson: We told Trump team about Russia ‘tricks’

Johnson: We told Trump team about Russia ‘tricks’

The UK has told Donald Trump’s team that Russia is up to “all sort of very dirty tricks” including “cyber-warfare”, Boris Johnson says. The foreign secretary told MPs it was “pretty clear” that Russia had been behind the hacking of US Democratic National Committee emails ahead of the presidential election. He also said it would […]

‘Grown-up’ Brexit talks urged by ex-EU commissioner

‘Grown-up’ Brexit talks urged by ex-EU commissioner

The European commissioner who resigned after the referendum vote for Brexit has urged the government to be “grown-up” in negotiations with the EU. Lord Hill, who told MPs he had gone “as a matter of principle”, said it was important to set out “shared objectives” before talks start. He acknowledged that the UK’s influence over […]

Jeremy Corbyn: I’ve not changed mind on immigration

Media captionJeremy Corbyn was pressed to explain his stance on immigration after the UK leaves the EU Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC he stands by his view that immigration to the UK is not too high. In a speech on Brexit later he is due to say that Labour is not “wedded” […]

RHI Scandal: ‘Clock ticking on NI election’

RHI Scandal: ‘Clock ticking on NI election’

Image caption James Brokenshire said the UK and Irish governments are ready to help solve the dispute The “clock is ticking” on an election in Northern Ireland following the resignation of Martin McGuinness, Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said. He said an early assembly election looks “highly likely” and that the situation is “grave”. […]