Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review

Media captionCould Swansea’s tidal lagoon become a world first? Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review. Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply. He said it was cost effective and would bring “significant […]

Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele in hiding after Trump memo

Media captionHere’s what Donald Trump had to say at his press conference An ex-MI6 officer who is believed to have prepared a memo claiming Russia has compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump is now in hiding, the BBC understands. Christopher Steele, who runs a London-based intelligence firm, is believed to have left his home […]

Political expert Professor Anthony King dies aged 82

Political expert Professor Anthony King dies aged 82

Image copyright PA Image caption Extensive tributes on social media for Prof Anthony King, who taught at the University of Essex and has died Renowned political commentator Prof Anthony King has died at the age of 82. His death was confirmed by the University of Essex where he taught political sciences from 1966. Prof King […]

Police treat home secretary speech as ‘hate incident’

Police treat home secretary speech as ‘hate incident’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the public wants immediate action on immigration West Midlands Police has said the home secretary’s speech to last year’s Conservative Party conference is being treated as a “hate incident”. In the speech, Amber Rudd suggested tightening rules that allow UK firms to recruit workers […]

Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project to be backed

Media captionCharles Hendry said the tidal lagoon power plan was affordable Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will be backed in a government-funded review on Thursday. Charles Hendry will publish his independent report into the viability of the renewable energy technology later, recommending the UK builds the lagoon to capture energy from […]

UK aid watchdog recommends more direct cash transfers

UK aid watchdog recommends more direct cash transfers

Image copyright DFID/Save the Children Image caption Pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2 are among those who can benefit from cash transfers in Nigeria Ministers are being encouraged to expand a scheme which transfers UK aid money directly to those living in poverty in the developing world. The Independent Commission […]

‘Fury’ over Corbyn aide’s Nato comments

‘Fury’ over Corbyn aide’s Nato comments

Image copyright Crown Copyright Image caption RAF Typhoons have been deployed to the Baltic region each year since May 2014 Labour’s shadow defence secretary is “absolutely furious” after Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said the UK should help “wind down” tensions on the Nato-Russian border, the BBC has learned, A source close to Nia Griffith told political […]

RHI scandal: Sinn Féin "not interested" in crisis talks

RHI scandal: Sinn Féin "not interested" in crisis talks

Image caption Sinn Féin said they will not be nominate a new deputy first minister next Monday Sinn Féin has said it will not enter negotiations ahead of a new assembly election following the crisis over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal. Party officials met Secretary of State James Brokenshire on Wednesday morning. Martin McGuinness […]

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn claims Theresa May in denial on NHS

Media captionJeremy Corbyn asks who the prime minister will listen to over warnings about NHS services Theresa May has defended the government’s handling of the NHS as Jeremy Corbyn accused her of being in “denial” about the pressures facing the health service. The PM said the NHS was currently under “extra pressure” and that there […]

Brexit: Minister hints at £1,000 fee for EU workers

Brexit: Minister hints at £1,000 fee for EU workers

Image copyright PA Image caption Farmers are worried about the availability of seasonal labour after Brexit Companies could be charged to hire skilled workers from the European Union after Brexit, Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has suggested. A £1,000 immigration “skills charge” is being brought in this April for firms recruiting workers from outside the EU. […]