Brexit border plan ‘must be longer-term’ says Tony Lloyd

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tony Lloyd says the government’s proposal needs fleshing out The shadow NI Secretary has said the government must take a longer-term approach in its Brexit customs proposals to avoid a hard Irish border. Theresa May’s cabinet agreed on a new proposal on Thursday. Ministers signed off on the “backstop” that […]

Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was elected to the Welsh Assembly for UKIP in 2016 Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly. The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones. It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and […]

Neil Hamilton out as UKIP assembly leader

Image copyright Getty Images Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly. The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones. It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and West Wales AM’s future at the helm of the group, and after reports of a heated meeting […]

Betting machine stakes cut to £2

Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals? The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2 under new rules unveiled by the government. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games such as roulette. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said reducing the stake to £2 “will reduce […]

Grenfell Tower: Review does not urge cladding ban

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of 71 people in June 2017 A review of building regulations set up after the Grenfell tragedy has called for a “radical rethink” of the safety system, but has stopped short of proposing a ban on flammable cladding. Report author Dame Judith […]

John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee

Media captionJohn Bercow is asked in the Commons about bullying allegations against him An investigation into allegations of bullying by Commons Speaker John Bercow has been voted against by a committee of MPs. The standards committee voted by three to two that Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone should not hold the investigation. It followed […]

Theresa May security pledge at EU summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May is meeting with other EU leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron (left) and Germany’s Angela Merkel (right), ahead of a visit to Macedonia Theresa May is pledging her commitment to the security of Europe at a meeting of EU leaders in Bulgaria. The PM said the UK will “continue […]

Fixed-odds betting stakes ‘to be cut to £2’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fixed-odds betting machines have games similar to fruit machines, as well as roulette and blackjack The government is set to announce new rules to govern fixed-odds betting terminals later, with the maximum stake expected to be cut to £2. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds […]

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Image copyright PA Rail services on the East Coast Main Line are being brought back under government control. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Parliament that temporary state ownership would provide the smoothest transition to a new operator. The service is being renamed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) a brand last used in the 1940s. […]

Brexit at PMQs: Corbyn tells PM to ‘step aside’ and let Labour do deal

Media captionJeremy Corbyn. says the prime minister should “step aside” to let Labour talk over Brexit negotiations Theresa May should “step aside” and let Labour do the Brexit deal if she cannot even get her ministers to agree on their aims, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The “uncertainty” facing the UK because of the lack of […]