Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

Image copyright PA Image caption John Swinney has called education the government’s “defining mission” Scotland’s education secretary has defended tests being given to P1 pupils after admitting there were “mixed opinions” about them among teachers. A major teaching union and opposition parties have swung behind a campaign to stop assessments for younger children. But John […]

Season tickets: 2019 annual rail fares could be more than £100 higher

Media captionRail cost rises should be reduced, says transport secretary Rail passengers will see the price of regulated rail fares in much of the UK rise by as much as 3.2% in January. The rise, determined by the RPI inflation measure, could add more than £100 to annual season ticket prices. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling […]

Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn ‘has to change’

Image copyright Palestinian embassy in Tunis/Facebook Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 Gordon Brown says Jeremy Corbyn “has to change” to address concerns about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The former prime minister said the issue was a “running sore” that had to be dealt with. Labour has failed […]

Westminster crash: Salih Khater named as suspect

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Salih Khater has been named as the man being held by police The man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament has been named as Salih Khater by government sources. The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, has also been arrested on […]

Tory MPs complain over peer’s Tunisia trip

Three Tory MPs have lodged a complaint against party colleague Lord Sheikh over his attendance at a conference on Palestinian rights in Tunisia in 2014. Lord Sheikh confirmed he was at the event, as Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn faced questions about his participation in a memorial ceremony during the same trip. The Conservative Muslim Forum founder […]

Welsh Assembly leader polls ‘opportunity to change politics’

Leadership contenders in the three main parties in Wales have been urged to “change the face of Welsh politics” by promoting diversity and tolerance. The Electoral Reform Society Cymru called on all Labour, Conservative and Plaid Cymru hopefuls to back its ideas. It wants 45% of assembly candidates to be women, action to encourage minorities […]

Rail fare rises of up to 3.2% for 2019

Media captionRail cost rises should be reduced, says transport secretary Rail passengers will see the price of regulated rail fares increase by a maximum of 3.2% in January 2019. The rise, determined by the RPI inflation measure, could add more than £100 to annual season ticket prices. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has called for future […]

RMT angry at Chris Grayling’s rail fare index suggestion

Image caption Rail fare rises are calculated using the Retail Price Index A suggestion that rail fare and wage increases should be linked to a lower inflation measure has sparked an angry response from unions. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling wants future increases to be based on the lower Consumer Prices Index, rather than the higher […]

Westminster crash: Raids after suspected terror attack

Media captionThe car can be seen crashing into a barrier Police are searching three addresses in the Midlands after a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism following a car crash outside Parliament. The 29-year-old British suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police. A vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians […]

UK unemployment at lowest since 1975

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.36 million in three months to June – the lowest for more than 40 years, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. They also show a rise in productivity, but a slowdown in wage growth. Wages, excluding bonuses, grew by 2.7% in […]