Watson warns minister over George Osborne’s editor role

Watson warns minister over George Osborne’s editor role

Image copyright PA Image caption George Osborne will edit the London Evening Standard four days a week Labour’s deputy leader has warned Digital Minister Matt Hancock to avoid any conflict of interests in his future dealings with ex-chancellor George Osborne, now Evening Standard editor. Tom Watson said Mr Osborne would be expected to seek to […]

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland’s future ‘should not be imposed’

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland’s future ‘should not be imposed’

Image copyright Andrew Cowan Image caption Ms Sturgeon said she had an “unquestionable democratic mandate” to hold a referendum Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that Scotland’s future should be decided by the people who live there rather than being “imposed upon us”. The first minister was speaking as she asked Holyrood to back her call for […]

Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin politician dies aged 66

Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin politician dies aged 66

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Martin McGuinness served as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister for ten years Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66. It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition. His funeral will be in Derry on Thursday. The former IRA […]

Brexit: EU summit on 29 April to discuss way ahead

Brexit: EU summit on 29 April to discuss way ahead

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel will be key figures in the process A summit of EU member states to discuss Brexit is be held on 29 April, a month after the UK triggers Article 50. The meeting will be used to agree the guidelines for the EU’s negotiating team headed […]

Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, dies aged 66

Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, dies aged 66

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Martin McGuinness served as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister for ten years Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66. It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition. The former IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of […]

UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3%

UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3%

Inflation, as measured by the Office for National Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, jumped to 2.3% in February – up from 1.8% in January. The rate is the highest since September 2013 and above the 2% target the Bank of England is charged with keeping inflation at. Rising fuel and food prices were the main factors […]

Unite urges Watson ‘to keep nose out of our business’

Unite urges Watson ‘to keep nose out of our business’

Image caption Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says he has not had any secret meetings with Momentum Unite boss Len McCluskey has described as “ridiculous” claims by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson that his union is involved in a “secret plot” to help a left-wing group take over the party. Mr Watson has accused Unite […]

Scottish independence: Holyrood to debate referendum call

Scottish independence: Holyrood to debate referendum call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nicola Sturgeon wants a referendum to be held before the UK leaves the EU – but the UK government has already said it will block the move The Scottish Parliament is to start a two-day debate on whether to seek permission to hold a second independence referendum. The Scottish […]

Boris Johnson to avoid diplomatic spy row during US visit

Boris Johnson to avoid diplomatic spy row during US visit

Image copyright EPA Boris Johnson will avoid discussing claims the UK’s intelligence agency spied on Donald Trump when he visits Washington later, officials say. Instead, the foreign secretary will focus on forging a UK-US free trade Brexit deal when he meets senior members of the president’s team. Britain is said to be ready to forget […]

Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week

Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK voted to leave the EU last June Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and […]