Data breach as details about MPs’ staff published in error

Data breach as details about MPs’ staff published in error

Image copyright PA Confidential personal information about 3,000 MPs’ staff and their salaries has been mistakenly published by the expenses watchdog. IPSA said staff names and details about their working and holiday patterns was available for about four hours on an old version of its website on Thursday. It insisted that no addresses, bank account […]

EU rules out early trade talks with UK in Brexit process

EU rules out early trade talks with UK in Brexit process

Media captionMr Tusk said the UK must honour its financial commitments to the EU Draft EU guidelines for Brexit rule out starting free trade talks with the UK before “sufficient progress” is made on other issues. The paper presented by European Council President Donald Tusk will have to be approved by the 27 member states. […]

Green Party in ‘extreme Brexit’ warning

Green Party in ‘extreme Brexit’ warning

Image copyright PA The UK is facing a “right wing coup” as Theresa May pushes ahead with “an extreme Tory Brexit,” the Green Party’s co-leaders have claimed. Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley said they did not believe the British people had voted for the kind of Brexit being pursued by the prime minister. The pair […]

Row brewing over EU ‘divorce bill’

Row brewing over EU ‘divorce bill’

Image copyright other A tale of two sentences, drafted in two different capitals, exposes the clear blue water between London and Brussels. In Theresa May’s letter triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty she states: “We believe its necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the EU.’ […]

Sturgeon signs independence vote request

Sturgeon signs independence vote request

Image copyright Scottish government Scotland’s first minister has signed a letter formally asking for powers to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. The Scottish Parliament voted by 69 to 59 on Tuesday in favour of seeking permission for another referendum. Nicola Sturgeon argues Scotland should have the choice on what path to follow in the […]

Campaigns seek ‘to sell US politician data’

Campaigns seek ‘to sell US politician data’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of one campaign said they would most like to see House Speaker Paul Ryan’s internet history The organisers of two privacy campaigns say they plan to buy, then sell, the internet browsing histories of some of America’s best-known politicians. But experts said the schemes were doomed to fail. […]

IPSA to stop publishing MPs’ travel details amid ‘attack’ fears

IPSA to stop publishing MPs’ travel details amid ‘attack’ fears

Image copyright AFP Parliament’s expenses watchdog has agreed to stop publishing details of travel claims amid MPs’ fears it could put them at risk of attack. The issue was raised by Labour MP Chris Bryant in the Commons on Thursday who said it was “entirely inappropriate” as it could reveal MPs’ home addresses. Details of […]

‘Distrust’ in PIP system, says review

‘Distrust’ in PIP system, says review

Image copyright PA Image caption Protests have taken place against changes to the benefits system Claimants of the government’s disability benefits programme have an “inherent distrust” of the system, an independent review has found. The second review of Personal Independence Payments said 65% of those who appealed against rejected claims saw the decision overturned by […]

Brexit: UK sets out plans to replace all EU laws

Brexit: UK sets out plans to replace all EU laws

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers’ rights to the environment are to be scrapped or replaced with UK equivalents in a new plan. Details of the planned Great Repeal Bill have been published – the day after the UK officially began the two year process of leaving the EU. […]

‘No turning back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

‘No turning back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Image copyright European Photopress Britain’s departure from the European Union is “an historic moment from which there can be no turning back”, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said it was a “unique opportunity” to “shape a brighter future” for the UK. She was speaking after Britain’s EU ambassador formally triggered the two […]