Traffic wardens ‘driven at deliberately’ in council attacks

Council workers in Wales have been attacked almost 6,500 times in the last four years – with one stabbed and another hit by a car. Staff including refuse collectors, librarians, teachers and social workers were abused, with some getting death threats. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, were given to BBC Wales […]

Theresa May says EU must ‘evolve’ its Brexit position

Media captionTheresa May was speaking during a visit to Northern Ireland on Friday The European Union must “evolve” its position on Brexit and not fall back on unworkable proposals regarding the Irish border, Theresa May has said. The prime minister made the remarks in Belfast on Friday, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland. The […]

Labour accuses PM of ‘blatantly untrue excuses’ in chief whip pairing row

Image copyright AFP Image caption Julian Smith has said Mr Lewis was asked to vote “in error” Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has accused Theresa May of making “blatantly untrue excuses” for the behaviour of her chief whip. Mr Watson said the PM’s defence of Julian Smith was “unbelievable” and public trust in politics was […]

PM to say Brexit plan will deliver for Northern Ireland

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Theresa May is on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland The UK’s new Brexit plan agreed at Chequers will deliver for Northern Ireland, the prime minister is expected to say in a speech on Friday. Theresa May will give the address at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday morning. It forms […]

Brexit: Tell EU the Chequers plan is final offer, says Leadsom

Image copyright Reuters Brussels must be told that the prime minister’s blueprint for future UK-EU relations is “the final offer”, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has said. Mrs Leadsom told The House magazine the Chequers plan must be taken seriously or the EU risked a “no deal” Brexit. Boris Johnson and David Davis quit the cabinet […]

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab vows to ‘intensify’ talks

The UK’s new Brexit secretary vowed to “intensify” talks in Brussels after his first meeting with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Mr Raab took over from David Davis, who resigned in protest at Theresa May’s post-Brexit trade plans. It comes as the International Monetary Fund says some EU countries will suffer significant economic damage if […]

Tory chief whip Julian Smith under fire in pairing row

Image copyright Getty Images Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith is under pressure to explain why an MP took part in crunch Brexit votes despite an agreement not to. Mr Smith told Brandon Lewis to break a voting pact with a Lib Dem MP “by accident”, sources have told the BBC. He has apologised to Jo […]

New MPs’ code ‘risks cover-up claims’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom led the working group to look into a new process Moves to give anonymity to all MPs under investigation risk “rolling back the openness” established after the expenses scandal, a senior MP has said. Sir Kevin Barron warned: “It will be presented as MPs trying to […]

Parents set to lose right to veto sex education at age 15

The government plans to let 15-year-olds overrule their parents’ wishes and opt in to sex education lessons they have previously been withdrawn from. Education Secretary Damian Hinds says children should be able to request sex education in at least one of the three terms before their 16th birthday. Until then, parents will retain the right […]

No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes – Home Office

Image copyright PA Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed in England and Wales, Home Office figures suggest. In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences – the lowest detection rate since 2015. Data also shows police closed nearly half […]