Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

Image copyright PA Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that plastic straws could be banned in Britain. When asked by the Daily Telegraph if he would prohibit plastic straws Mr Gove replied “watch this space”. He added that a balanced approach would be needed but said: “If it is bad, then banning it is a […]

No agreement after Scottish Brexit talks

Image copyright PA Image caption The Scottish government was represented at the talks by Brexit Secretary Michael Russell Talks between the UK and Scottish governments over Brexit have again broken up without agreement. The talks were centred on whether powers should go to Westminster or Holyrood from Brussels immediately after the UK leaves the EU. […]

Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers

Image copyright Jay Allen/Downing St Theresa May and 11 senior ministers have been thrashing out the UK’s approach to Brexit in an eight-hour discussion at the PM’s country retreat. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said everyone is said to have left Chequers happy implying “baby steps forwards not a huge breakthrough”. The PM will set […]

Theresa May holding crunch Brexit cabinet at Chequers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary David Davis arrives by car at Chequers Theresa May and her senior ministers are meeting at the PM’s country retreat in the latest attempt to settle the government’s approach to Brexit. The group of 11 are at Chequers to decide how closely the EU and UK should align […]

UK net migration falls to 244,000

Image copyright Getty Images The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade with 130,000 emigrating in the year to September, figures show. But 220,000 EU nationals still moved to Britain over the same period, the Office for National Statistics found. It means net EU migration – the […]

Ex-UKIP leader Henry Bolton and Jo Marney: We’re not racists

Image copyright ITV THIS MORNING UKIP says ousted leader Henry Bolton has now quit the party. The announcement came as Mr Bolton made a joint appearance with girlfriend Jo Marney on ITV’s This Morning programme. The pair insisted they were not “private racists” after being confronted with messages posted by Ms Marney on social media, […]

Brit Awards 2018: Stormzy asks PM ‘where’s the money for Grenfell?’

Media captionDua Lipa and Stormzy each won two awards Stormzy used his Brit performance to take a swipe at the prime minister over Grenfell. He closed the show after winning two awards and rapped, “Yo, Theresa May where’s that money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?” Downing Street insists the government […]

McDonnell: UK economy suffering ‘chronic illness’

Working people have suffered the worst decade for living standards in generations, John McDonnell has said. He said that unlike “the short, sharp shock” of 2008, the UK was experiencing “a long-term, chronic illness”. The shadow chancellor said the government’s “lack of direction and political uncertainty” since the EU vote had “exacerbated these issues”. Theresa […]

Brexit: Theresa May heads to Chequers for cabinet talks

Image copyright AFP Theresa May and her senior ministers will try to hammer out a deal over the government’s approach to Brexit when they meet at her country retreat. The Brexit sub-committee gathers at Chequers with the government under pressure to spell out in detail what it wants to secure from Brexit talks. The UK […]

Michael Gove tells water firms to clean up their act

Image copyright Severn Trent Water Image caption Schools and 3,500 homes in Shropshire were hit last year when a Severn Trent water main burst Environment Secretary Michael Gove has warned water companies he is ready to give their regulator new powers if they cannot address public concerns over prices, leaks, executive pay and payments to […]