Grant Shapps: Conservative manifesto was world’s worst

Grant Shapps: Conservative manifesto was world’s worst

Image copyright PA Theresa May “lost” the general election because she had the “world’s worst manifesto”, a former Conservative Party chairman has said. Grant Shapps rejected claims voters had turned against the Tories because they were “fed up” with austerity. Instead, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he blamed the party’s “crazy […]

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

Image caption Simon Coveney said the DUP and Sinn Fein would have to be prepared to compromise The Irish foreign minister has warned that the Northern Ireland parties must be close to an agreement by Tuesday night in their talks to restore power-sharing. The parties were holding further talks at Stormont on Monday evening. They […]

Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’

Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May’s £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to back her minority government has been branded “a bung” and “shabby” by opposing parties. The Northern Irish party’s 10 MPs will support the Conservatives in key Commons votes in areas such as the Queen’s Speech, Budget and Brexit. Labour warned it would […]

More than 1,700 patients at risk over NHS mail blunder

More than 1,700 patients at risk over NHS mail blunder

Image copyright SPL Image caption More than 700,000 patient notes were stored in the warehouse At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by an administrative blunder that meant thousands of patient records in NHS England were mislaid. Officials said the number was likely to rise, as a third of the 700,000 notes found had […]

Reality Check: Britain and EU at odds over citizens’ rights

Reality Check: Britain and EU at odds over citizens’ rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trust between the UK and EU negotiating teams appears to be in rather short supply When British Prime Minister Theresa May first trailed the Conservative Party’s proposals for EU citizens living in the UK at last week’s EU summit, the initial response from her fellow leaders was hardly enthusiastic. […]

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Image copyright PA Image caption The talks have taken two weeks to conclude The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government. The deal, which comes two weeks after the election resulted in a hung Parliament, will see the 10 DUP MPs back the Tories […]

Brexit: Details of offer to EU citizens to be published

Brexit: Details of offer to EU citizens to be published

Image copyright PA EU nationals living in the UK will get more detail later of what rights they can expect to have after Brexit. A 15-page document outlining plans for EU citizens to be granted “settled status” will be published as Theresa May addresses MPs on EU matters. Ministers have sought to reassure the 3.2m […]

Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services

Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have been stretched by attacks in London and Manchester The public sector pay cap should be scrapped in recognition of the work of the emergency services following recent disasters, says Tim Farron. The outgoing Lib Dem leader said firefighters, police and medical staff “deserve so much better”. The […]

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims ‘murdered by political decisions’

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims ‘murdered by political decisions’

Image copyright PA Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. The shadow chancellor made the claims at a Glastonbury Festival event on Sunday – a day after Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of people there. Mr McDonnell claimed the decision to “view housing as only for financial […]

BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

Image copyright PA The NHS in England is “running on fumes”, the leader of the British Medical Association is warning. Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union’s annual conference. He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and “picking the pockets” of NHS staff because of the squeeze […]