Eddie Izzard to stand again for Labour executive

Image copyright Getty Images Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has said he will try for a second time to become a member of the Labour Party’s national executive committee. The LGBT rights campaigner, who failed to get an NEC seat in 2016, announced his candidacy in the Guardian. He said he wanted to stand for […]

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘important progress’ made at EU summit

Media captionTheresa May: We are in touching distance of a deal Theresa May has said “important progress” on Brexit was made at last week’s EU summit – but Jeremy Corbyn said it sounded like “Groundhog Day”. The PM said she had a “degree of confidence” of making enough progress by December to begin trade talks. […]

MP Jared O’Mara quits equalities committee over homophobic remarks

Image caption Jared O’Mara beat Nick Clegg to take the Sheffield Hallam seat for Labour in June Labour MP Jared O’Mara has quit the Commons equality committee over online homophobic comments he made before being elected to Parliament. Mr O’Mara also made sexist remarks, joked about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud and […]

Juncker on German press reports about Theresa May meal

The President of the European Commission has denied leaking an account of his dinner with the UK prime minister. Asked if he had spoken to the German press, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Nothing is true in all of this. I had an excellent working dinner with Theresa May. She was in good shape, she was not […]

Abortion: ‘Hardship’ travel grant for NI women

Image copyright istock Image caption Under the plans NI women will get support with travel costs – if financial hardship criteria are met A government offer to help Northern Ireland women access free abortions in England is being extended to cover travel costs in some “hardship” cases. Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland, except in […]

Universal credit: Labour secures emergency debate on rollout

Image copyright Getty Images Speaker John Bercow has approved a Labour request for an emergency debate on the rollout of universal credit. Last week the Commons backed an advisory Labour motion calling for the controversial welfare changes to be put on hold by 299 votes to nil. Labour says ministers are trying to ignore the […]

Brexit: Theresa May to update MPs amid dinner leak row

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK and EU have agreed to accelerate talks but tensions remain Theresa May will update MPs about Brexit talks amid a row over an alleged leak about a dinner with EU leaders in Brussels last week. Her ex-adviser Nick Timothy accused EU official Martin Selmayr of being the source […]

Minimum alcohol price law unveiled in Wales

Image copyright Woodkern/Getty Images A law to set a minimum price for selling alcohol in Wales has been unveiled. Ministers believe tackling excessive drinking could save a life a week and mean 1,400 fewer hospital admissions a year. Pricing is seen as a “missing link” in public health efforts, alongside better awareness and treatment. Under […]

T-Charge: New London traffic charge comes into force

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The T-charge aims to cut pollution in the capital Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles now have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London. Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £10 T-Charge, which mainly applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, has come into force. It […]

Gambling laws: Labour MP admits party was wrong to liberalise

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Several Premier League clubs, including Stoke City, carry adverts for betting firms on their shirts A Welsh Labour MP has said the party “got it wrong” when it liberalised gambling laws a decade ago, by failing to predict the impact of technology. Cardiff Central’s Jo Stevens called for a […]