Labour investigates MP Jared O’Mara

Image copyright House of Commons Labour says it is investigating allegations about the “comments and behaviour” of its MP Jared O’Mara. Mr O’Mara has already apologised for homophobic and misogynistic remarks he made online in 2002 and 2004 and quit the Commons equalities committee. But he denies subsequent allegations of offensive language to a constituent […]

Tory MP’s Brexit demand to universities ‘offensive’ – Lord Patten

Image copyright Conservative Party Image caption Chris Heaton-Harris is facing calls to explain why he wanted the information A Eurosceptic Tory MP has been accused of compiling a “hit list” of university professors who teach Brexit courses. Chris Heaton-Harris has written to universities asking for names of such professors and the content of their lectures. […]

Universal credit: Labour attacks minister’s absence from debate

Media captionDebbie Abraham has had no ‘satisfactory response’ Labour has attacked the work and pensions secretary David Gauke for failing to attend an emergency debate on universal credit. Employment minister Damian Hinds stepped in for him in the Commons. Mr Gauke’s Labour shadow Debbie Abrahams told MPs she had not received a “satisfactory response” from […]

No vote on Parliament renovation for 18 months

Image copyright PA MPs will not decide how to repair the crumbling Houses of Parliament for another 18 months, the government says. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has proposed a new “delivery body” to assess the costs of the three options put forward to renovate the estate. Parts of the 150-year-old building, which contains asbestos and […]

Donald Tusk: EU must stay united or face Brexit ‘defeat’

Media captionStay united or face Brexit defeat, EU told The EU will be “defeated” in Brexit negotiations unless it maintains absolute unity, European Council president Donald Tusk has said. The ex-Polish prime minister told the European Parliament the UK’s departure was the EU’s “toughest stress test” and it must not be divided at any costs. […]

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 […]