Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy ‘not enough’

The government’s £3bn clean air strategy does not go “far enough or fast enough”, campaigners have said. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a “green revolution”. But environmental […]

UK economic growth rate edges slightly higher

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A stronger UK film industry helped the service sector to expand, the ONS said. UK economic growth edged slightly higher in the three months to June, as a stronger service sector offset weaker manufacturing and construction. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy expanded by 0.3% in […]

Michael Gove: UK won’t accept US chlorinated chickens

Media captionEnvironment Secretary Michael Gove tells Today a US trade deal will not allow chlorinated chicken The UK should not accept imports of chlorinated chickens as part of any future trade deal with the US, Michael Gove has said. The environment secretary told the BBC that the UK would not “compromise” on or “dilute” its […]

Former MP Stewart Jackson hired as Brexit adviser

Image caption Stewart Jackson had been Peterborough’s MP for 12 years Former MP Stewart Jackson has been hired as a special adviser and chief of staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis. Mr Jackson, who lost his Peterborough seat at the general election, will join Mr Davis’ team at the Department for Exiting the European Union. […]

John McDonnell not ruling out single market membership

Labour has not ruled out continued membership of the EU single market, John McDonnell has said, as he sought to play down divisions over Brexit. Everyone wanted tariff-free access to EU markets, the shadow chancellor said. But there was a debate on-going within the Labour Party about whether the best option was continued membership or […]

New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers are also to unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle pollution from diesel vehicles, as part of £3bn spending on air quality. The government will […]

Brexit: Johnson, Davis and Fox push agenda on three continents

Image caption David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, pictured at the Tory Party conference, were dubbed the “three Brexiteers” Senior cabinet ministers will push the UK’s Brexit agenda on three different continents later. International Development Secretary Liam Fox will travel from the US to meet Mexican counterparts to discuss trading relationships. Foreign Secretary Boris […]

Cities in England’s north pressing for more money

Image caption Manchester is among the cities calling for more money Mayors and council leaders from five cities in northern England will hold a summit with business leaders next month to press ministers for more investment. They are concerned that the government has become less committed to the idea of a Northern Powerhouse after David […]

Labour warns on 60% four-year rise in unqualified teachers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of teachers without formal teaching qualifications has risen sharply There are 24,000 teachers without formal teaching qualifications in state schools in England – an increase of more than 60% in four years. It means that more than 5% of teachers do not have qualified teacher status. Labour, […]

Trump: UK-US trade deal could be ‘big and exciting’

Image copyright EPA Donald Trump has said he is working on a “major trade deal” with the UK. The US President tweeted that a bilateral trade agreement with the UK after it leaves the EU in 2019 could be “very big and exciting” for jobs. Mr Trump, who backed Brexit, also took a swipe at […]

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