Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Johnson to urge Iran to free prisoner

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson will urge Iran to free British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from jail when he visits Tehran. The foreign secretary is expected to travel to Iran in the next few days. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been in prison since April 2016 after being accused of spying. She denies the claim. Supporters of the […]

Momentum under investigation by Electoral Commission

Image copyright Getty Images The Electoral Commission has opened an investigation into the Labour-supporting Momentum group to see if it breached finance rules in relation to spending during the 2017 election. The elections watchdog says its probe will consider if Momentum’s returns included accurate donation information. It said questions over compliance risked harming voter confidence. […]

Ministers ‘absolutely optimistic’ of Brexit border deal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Disagreements remain over how the Irish border should be treated after Brexit The government says it is “optimistic” for an Irish border agreement as pressure mounts to find a Brexit deal. Cabinet minister Chris Grayling said there would always be “to-ing and fro-ing” when a deadline was approaching. Northern Ireland’s […]

Stanley Johnson: ‘Is Boris still foreign secretary?’

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, has left the reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ and asked if his son is still foreign secretary. The father of the Conservative MP became the fifth personality to leave the show following a public vote. Stanley Johnson: ‘Is Boris still foreign secretary?’}

‘Dead jihadists can’t harm UK’, Gavin Williamson says

Image copyright Handout Image caption Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, was killed by an RAF airstrike in Syria No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Gavin Williamson said: “Quite simply, my view is a […]

Brexit: Irish PM expects new UK text on border in 24 hours

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Leo Varadkar had a 15-minute phone call with Theresa May on Wednesday The Irish prime minister has said the UK government plans to suggest a new wording for a Brexit deal on the Irish border within the next 24 hours. Leo Varadkar told a news conference he had spoken by […]

Brexit: PM urged not to let Eurosceptics ‘dictate’ talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Downing Street has insisted it is still confident of a first-phase Brexit deal before next week’s summit Theresa May has been urged not to allow Eurosceptic MPs in her party to “impose their own conditions” on negotiations amid signs of fresh Tory infighting. Nineteen Tory MPs who back a “soft […]

Man arrested after fight outside Parliamentary bar

Image copyright Getty Images A member of House of Commons staff has been arrested after a fight outside one of Parliament’s busiest bars. The Sports and Social Club has been closed and a 57-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of GBH and affray. A 64-year-old man, also a Commons employee, is reported to have […]

UK electoral system faces ‘perfect storm’ of threats, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images The UK faces a “perfect storm” of threats that could put its entire electoral system at risk, the head of the elections watchdog has warned. Russian meddling on social media and local council cuts were just two of the factors threatening the credibility of the system, Sir John Holmes said. He […]