Former Labour MP Marshall-Andrews defects to Lib Dems

Former Labour MP Marshall-Andrews defects to Lib Dems

Image copyright PA Former Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews has defected to the Lib Dems after describing Jeremy Corbyn’s party as a “political basket case”. Mr Marshall-Andrews told The Times he had jumped ship in light of the Brexit campaign and Labour’s refusal to stand aside in the Richmond Park by-election. The QC and barrister was […]

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is vowing not to “play by the rules” if elected PM and insists the poll is not a foregone conclusion. On the first full day of general election campaigning, the Labour leader will say “powerful people” do not want him to win the snap general election. He will vow to […]

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Image copyright EPA Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder is urging the UK to keep spending 0.7% of its national income on foreign aid, saying it is proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May has refused to say […]

Jeremy Corbyn rejects "progressive alliance" with SNP

Jeremy Corbyn rejects "progressive alliance" with SNP

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party. The SNP has said it would be prepared to work with other parties to keep the Tories out of power. But the Labour leader said he did not regard the SNP as progressive. Theresa May has said the choice […]

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

Media captionThe moment when the vote is announced for an early general election. Campaigning is under way after the House of Commons backed Theresa May’s call for a general election on 8 June. MPs voted by 522 votes to 13 – with Labour and Lib Dem helping secure the two-thirds majority needed to bring forward […]

General election 2017: May says it strengthens Brexit hand

General election 2017: May says it strengthens Brexit hand

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May tells Today opposition parties were “frustrating” Brexit process A snap general election will help the UK make a success of Brexit and provide long-term certainty, Theresa May says. Defending her decision to seek a poll on 8 June, the prime minister told the BBC she had “reluctantly” changed her mind […]

George Osborne to quit as MP for Tatton at election

George Osborne to quit as MP for Tatton at election

Image copyright PA Former chancellor George Osborne has quit his role as an MP, his new employer the Evening Standard has reported. The Conservative MP for Tatton, who will become editor of the newspaper, said: “I am stepping down from the House of Commons – for now.” He said he was “very excited” about working […]

‘Rich will pay more’ under Labour – John McDonnell

‘Rich will pay more’ under Labour – John McDonnell

People earning above £70,000 a year could be asked to pay more tax under a Labour government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has suggested. He said he wanted to see a “fair taxation system” with corporations and the rich paying more. Labour is also planning to link senior executives’ pay to the average wage of the […]

Theresa May says no to general election TV debates

Media captionLeaders’ debate – the 2015 highlights Theresa May will not take part in TV debates ahead of the planned general election, she has told the BBC. She told Radio 4’s Today she preferred “to get out and about and meet voters”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of “dodging” a head-to-head showdown and the […]

General election 2017: Labour MPs will not require reselection

General election 2017: Labour MPs will not require reselection

Image copyright PA Labour MPs have been told they will be automatically reselected as candidates in their constituencies for the general election on 8 June. Jeremy Corbyn had hoped to give party members a say in who was chosen, but has accepted there is insufficient time to do that before polling day. However, one Labour […]