Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits

Ministers have backed down in a row over paying higher disability benefits to 164,000 people by saying they will not contest a High Court decision. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said she would not appeal December’s judgment over payments to people with mental health conditions. Ministers had sought to limit those suffering psychological distress […]

‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge

Media captionBridge designer Ian Firth and engineering expert Dave Parker on whether a bridge is feasible. Downing Street has said there are “no specific plans” for a bridge between the UK and France after Boris Johnson floated the idea of a “fixed link”. The UK foreign secretary reportedly ran the idea past French President Emmanuel […]

UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

Image copyright PA A leading UKIP politician has quit the party saying its leader Henry Bolton is “not the right person for the job” and its influence over Brexit is waning. Jonathan Arnott, MEP for the North East of England, said he had lost confidence in Mr Bolton but thought no better of those “jockeying” […]

Labour’s candidates for general election target seats revealed

Image copyright Reuters In the afterglow of a better-than-expected general election result in 2017, Labour immediately set its sights on the path to government. One of the party’s first steps was to announce the ambition to select candidates in 75 target seats in England by Christmas. That’s more than the theoretical 64 seats they need […]

John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

Media captionJustice Secretary David Gauke says there will not be a judicial review The government will not challenge the decision to release rapist John Worboys, the justice secretary says. David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the Parole Board’s ruling to free Worboys after less than 10 years. […]

‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge

Media captionBridge designer Ian Firth and engineering expert Dave Parker on whether a bridge is feasible. Downing Street has said there are “no specific plans” for a bridge between the UK and France after Boris Johnson floated the idea of a “fixed link”. The UK foreign secretary reportedly ran the idea past French President Emmanuel […]

Labour’s candidates for general election target seats revealed

Image copyright Reuters In the afterglow of a better-than-expected general election result in 2017, Labour immediately set its sights on the path to government. One of the party’s first steps was to announce the ambition to select candidates in 75 target seats in England by Christmas. That’s more than the theoretical 64 seats they need […]

Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

Media captionTighter rules need for short term lets? Airbnb was born from two flatmates renting out their spare room in San Francisco for some extra cash, but now short-term lets have grown into a mass market. Research by the Residential Landlords Association published in December found the number of Airbnb rentals in London has increased […]

MoD ‘exposed financially’ by carrier and jet programme

Image copyright PA Failure to deliver the UK’s aircraft carrier and jet programme on budget will put other defence projects at risk, ministers have been warned. A Public Accounts Committee report said defence budgets are “very strained”. The programme – two aircraft carriers, F-35 Lightning II jets and a new radar system – leaves the […]

Calais migrants: UK and France sign new treaty

Media captionPresident Macron: “I respect Brexit although I regret it” France and the UK have signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants in Calais, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on his first UK visit. After talks with UK PM Theresa May at Sandhurst military academy, he said the treaty would offer a […]

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