General election 2017: Labour councils ‘build more homes’

Image copyright PA Labour-led councils build more homes than Conservative-led councils, the shadow housing secretary John Healey has said, as he promised to take “big steps” to deal with the housing crisis. Mr Healey said a Labour government would build 100,000 affordable council and housing association homes a year to rent and buy. However, he […]

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption German MPs frequently applauded Ms Merkel’s points about Brexit German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the UK’s future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK’s Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues […]

Mugwump mania and memes take over Twitter

Mugwump mania and memes take over Twitter

Image copyright Twitter/@jpjanson It’s not everyday you get called a mugwump. But it’s a top online search and social media trend in the UK after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of being a “mutton-headed, old mugwump”. And social media users are speculating whether the term was an insult or a compliment […]

General election 2017: Labour leader a ‘mugwump’, says Johnson

Image copyright PA, AFP Boris Johnson has used his first intervention in the election campaign to mount the Conservatives’ most personal attack yet on Jeremy Corbyn. Writing in The Sun, the foreign secretary accused the Labour leader of being a threat to the UK and described him as a “mutton-headed old mugwump”. He accused Mr […]

Zac Goldsmith wins Conservative nomination for Richmond Park

Image caption Zac Goldsmith beat two other candidates to the nomination Former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has been chosen by the Conservatives to stand for parliament in his old constituency. Mr Goldsmith, who became a father again on Tuesday, was ousted as MP during a by-election in December. He had previously left the Conservative […]

Government accounts ‘need to prove value for money’

Image copyright PA It should be easier for the public and MPs to assess whether government spending offers value for money, a parliamentary committee has said. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said departmental accounts were not designed for “democratic scrutiny” or being read or used as much as they should be. Recent reforms […]

Brexit: Theresa May meets EU’s chief negotiator for talks

Image copyright AFP Theresa May is meeting the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator for talks in Downing Street in the run-up to a crucial summit of the remaining 27 EU members. The prime minister is having a working dinner with Michel Barnier and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in No 10. On Saturday, EU leaders meet […]

PMQs: May and Corbyn set out election ‘choices’

Media captionThe Labour leader addressed a series of questions from members of the public to the prime minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over the “choice” facing voters in the final PMQs before the general election. The PM claimed a win for Labour would mean a “chaotic Brexit” but Mr Corbyn said the Tories […]

Ex-Lib Dem MP David Ward sacked as Bradford East candidate

Image caption Mr Ward said the decision was designed to stop “supporters of the Palestinians” being elected Ex-MP David Ward has been sacked as a Lib Dem general election candidate, party leader Tim Farron says. Mr Ward, who planned to stand in Bradford East – the seat he lost in the last election – caused […]

Craig Mackinlay MP expenses case file passed to lawyers

Image caption Craig Mackinlay was elected MP for South Thanet in 2015 Police investigating the 2015 General Election expenses of Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the BBC has been told. A CPS source confirmed Kent Police had sent the file to its lawyers following an investigation. […]