Labour MP says ‘merit’ in women-only train carriages

Image copyright Getty Images Women-only train carriages could combat the rise in sexual offences on public transport, a Labour MP has said. Shadow fire minister Chris Williamson said it would be “worth consulting” on the policy after such crimes doubled in the past five years. However, Labour colleagues have criticised the move as “normalising attacks”. […]

North should ‘take control’ of transport, says Grayling

Image copyright Transport for Greater Manchester The north of England’s leaders should “take control” of their own transport networks, Chris Grayling has said. Writing in the Yorkshire Post, the transport secretary said: “The success of northern transport depends on the North itself.” The article comes ahead of a transport summit in the region to be […]

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to begin tour of Scottish seats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jeremy Corbyn spoke at rallies in Scotland prior to June’s snap general election, such as this one in Glasgow Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to begin a tour of Scottish constituencies with a visit to the Western Isles. Mr Corbyn will meet staff at Harris Tweed Hebrides before addressing a […]

Childcare website ‘must be improved’, says Morgan

Image copyright Getty Images The website parents in England use to apply for financial help with childcare must be improved, says Nicky Morgan who chairs the Treasury Committee, . Parents first reported glitches with the Childcare Service website mid-May – just weeks after it was made live. HM Revenue & Customs, which runs the site, […]

European Court of Justice not necessary or appropriate, says UK

Media captionWhy the fuss about the European Court of Justice? The UK is to tell the EU it is “neither necessary nor appropriate” for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to police their relationship after Brexit. The government wants a “deep and special partnership” with the EU – while staying clear of the ECJ’s jurisdiction, […]

Lib Dems under Vince Cable still want to legalise cannabis

Vince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis. The party’s new leader believes it makes sense to “regulate and control the market” rather than let criminals “control the mixing of substances”. The government say it has “no plans to legalise cannabis”. It says it remains a Class B drug […]

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones hold Brexit talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Jones and Ms Sturgeon say their governments are working together to ensure devolution is not damaged by Brexit The Scottish and Welsh first ministers are to hold talks on the next steps in their campaign against the UK government’s Brexit legislation. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones claim Westminster […]

Brokenshire to discuss Brexit and Stormont with Irish minister

Image caption James Brokenshire is expected to discuss the UK government’s Brexit strategy The Northern Ireland secretary is due to visit Dublin on Tuesday to discuss Brexit and the political stalemate at Stormont. James Brokenshire will hold talks with the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney. It is understood he will also meet representatives from […]

George Osborne urges ‘HS3’ rail for northern England

Image copyright HS2 handout Image caption The next stage of high speed rail should be across the north of England, according to George Osborne Former Chancellor George Osborne has urged the government to build high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. Mr Osborne, who launched the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative when […]

Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]