Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Media captionMs Sturgeon said legislation for a second referendum would not now be introduced until at least the autumn of next year Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a “reset” of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the […]

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

Image copyright PA Brexit Secretary David Davis has blamed the Tories’ general election losses on a “badly designed” campaign and Theresa May’s social care “U-turn”. Mr Davis helped persuade Mrs May to call a “snap election” to strengthen his hand in Brexit talks. But he now says the party did not have enough time to […]

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

Image copyright PA The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers “from any domain – air, land, sea or cyber”. Sir Michael also emphasised the UK’s ability […]

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Liberal Democrat leader. The ex-energy secretary said he had taken the decision with his family in mind and amid concerns about the “inevitable intrusion” that a leadership bid would entail. Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable is so […]

David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’

Image copyright PA The minister in charge of the UK’s exit from the EU says elements of his job make landing on the moon look simple. Brexit Secretary David Davis made the remark to business leaders as he discussed the interim arrangements that will be in place after the UK leaves. He suggested the UK […]

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to make indyref2 statement

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Sturgeon will make a statement in the Scottish Parliament Nicola Sturgeon is to make an announcement later today on the “way forward for Scotland” following the general election result. Ms Sturgeon had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring […]

Stormont power-sharing talks enter final phase

Image copyright BBC/Pacemaker Image caption Round-table discussions are set to begin at Stormont at 14:00 BST Northern Ireland’s political parties face an intensive day of talks as efforts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continue. Round-table discussions will be begin at 14:00 BST on Tuesday. The deadline for a deal is Thursday. However, it is believed […]

Over 1,700 patients at risk in ‘colossal’ NHS mail blunder

Image copyright SPL Image caption More than 700,000 patient notes were stored in the warehouse At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by a ‘colossal’ blunder that meant thousands of patient records were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number at risk is likely to rise as only two thirds of the […]

Grant Shapps: Conservative manifesto was world’s worst

Image copyright PA Theresa May “lost” the general election because she had the “world’s worst manifesto”, a former Conservative Party chairman has said. Grant Shapps rejected claims voters had turned against the Tories because they were “fed up” with austerity. Instead, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he blamed the party’s “crazy […]

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

Image caption Simon Coveney said the DUP and Sinn Fein would have to be prepared to compromise The Irish foreign minister has warned that the Northern Ireland parties must be close to an agreement by Tuesday night in their talks to restore power-sharing. The parties were holding further talks at Stormont on Monday evening. They […]