DUP seeks £2bn deal to support Conservatives

DUP seeks £2bn deal to support Conservatives

The Democratic Unionist Party has asked for significant investment in health and infrastructure in NI as part of a parliamentary deal with the Tory Party. Negotiations began after the Tories failed to win an outright majority in the general election and needed DUP support for a minority government. The news came as the State Opening […]

Queen’s Speech: Donald Trump’s UK state visit in fresh doubt

Queen’s Speech: Donald Trump’s UK state visit in fresh doubt

Image copyright Reuters Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is in fresh doubt after there was no mention of it in the Queen’s Speech. The US president accepted the Queen’s invitation for him to travel to Britain when Prime Minister Theresa May visited Washington in January. But there have been reports that Mr Trump […]

Policing ‘at risk’ as officers deal with terror

Policing ‘at risk’ as officers deal with terror

Image copyright Getty Images Policing in England and Wales could be at “significant” risk if resources are diverted to fight terrorism, the UK’s top counter-terrorism officer has said. Counter-terrorism policing has been placed on an “emergency footing” after recent attacks, the BBC understands. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has asked ministers to reassure officers that funding […]

Heads warn parents of ‘cash-starved schools’

Heads warn parents of ‘cash-starved schools’

Image copyright iStock Image caption Heads are writing to parents warning them of deepening funding problems for schools Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about “cash-starved” schools to almost two million families. As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen’s Speech, […]

National Assembly for Wales ‘should employ journalists’

National Assembly for Wales ‘should employ journalists’

Image copyright DaiPhoto/Getty Images Image caption The idea is for more user-friendly information about what the assembly is doing Journalists should be employed by the National Assembly for Wales in response to cuts in coverage by conventional media, according to a report. A taskforce chaired by ex-Welsh Government minister Prof Leighton Andrews has made the […]

Queen’s Speech 2017: May promises ‘humility’

Queen’s Speech 2017: May promises ‘humility’

Image caption Much of the traditional ceremony will not feature this time Theresa May has promised to work with “humility and resolve” as the government prepares to outline its legislative programme later. Brexit is expected to dominate the Queen’s Speech, which will cover a two-year period instead of one. It is also expected to include […]

DUP warn Conservatives: Don’t take us for granted

DUP warn Conservatives: Don’t take us for granted

Media captionWho are the DUP and what do they stand for? Democratic Unionist Party sources have urged the Conservatives to give a “greater focus” to their negotiations. A senior DUP source said the party could not be “taken for granted” – adding that if the PM could not reach a deal, “what does that mean […]

Philip Hammond on Brexit: Prioritise jobs and living standards

Philip Hammond on Brexit: Prioritise jobs and living standards

Image copyright PA Jobs and living standards must come first as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, Philip Hammond has said. The chancellor said it would require “every ounce of skill and diplomacy” to get the right deal, warning that people didn’t vote for Brexit to be poorer. Speaking in London, he said […]

Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership

Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership

Image caption Sir Vince said only the Lib Dems had a “consistent and principled” stance on Europe Sir Vince Cable says he is a candidate to become Liberal Democrat leader. The former business secretary, who has served as deputy leader and acting leader in the past, is throwing his hat into the ring after Tim […]

Diane Abbott: ‘I’m back to fighting fitness’

Diane Abbott: ‘I’m back to fighting fitness’

Media captionDiane Abbott: ‘Stress wasn’t an issue’ Diane Abbott says it took her brother to tell her off before she realised she needed to address her diabetes. Ms Abbott had to temporarily step down as shadow home secretary just days before the general election after a series of uncomfortable interviews. She told BBC Breakfast she […]