Invasive species: MPs call for a million people’s help

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian hornet is one of the invasive species in the UK More than a million volunteers are needed to tackle the spread of invasive non-native species in the UK, MPs say. It is estimated that between 36 and 48 new such species will become established in the next […]

Universal credit: MPs call for action on women driven to ‘survival sex’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women say being left short of money by universal credit is forcing them to make desperate decisions Evidence that women are being driven to sex work because of problems with universal credit must lead to government action, MPs have said. A number of women told the work and pensions […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson to try for 12 December election

Media captionThe PM says an early poll would create a “credible” deadline for passing a Brexit deal Boris Johnson has said he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal, but only if they agree to a 12 December general election. The prime minister told the BBC he expected the EU to grant […]

MPs approve Queen’s Speech by 16 votes

Media captionThe Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294 MPs have approved the Queen’s Speech, which sets out Boris Johnson’s priorities for the parliamentary session, by 310 votes to 294. Labour and SNP amendments criticising the speech were rejected. The chancellor said the speech delivered on “people’s priorities”, but Labour said it only […]

Brexit: EU extension decision expected on Friday

Image copyright Getty Images EU leaders are set to decide on Friday whether to grant the UK a three-month Brexit extension, the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler says. Most EU nations back it but France “is digging its heels in”, she adds. So there could be an emergency summit in Brussels on Monday to allow […]

Ex-Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson joins PR firm as special adviser

Image copyright Tulchan Communications Image caption Ms Davidson has confirmed she is unlikely to seek re-election in 2021 Former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has joined a City of London public relations firm as a senior adviser. The MSP takes up her role with Tulchan Communications two months after quitting as the party’s leader, having […]

Brexit: No 10 denies government is split over pre-Christmas election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Johnson has made clear he does not want a delay to Brexit Downing Street has dismissed reports of disagreements within Boris Johnson’s government over how to move forward with the Brexit process. No 10 has indicated the PM will seek a snap poll if the EU proposes delaying the […]

Johnson accused of avoiding scrutiny after postponing committee appearance

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson has pulled out of a scheduled appearance before a panel of senior MPs, saying he has to “focus on delivering Brexit”. The prime minister had been due to be grilled by the Commons liaison committee – made up of the chairs of select committees – on Thursday. He has asked […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn meet after timetable rejected

Boris Johnson has met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn amid uncertainty over what happens next with Brexit. The meeting comes after MPs rejected the PM’s plan to fast-track Brexit legislation through Parliament. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg says she understands nothing was agreed. Labour was keen to discuss a different timetable for the Brexit bill, while the […]

PM to push for election if EU offers three-month delay

Image copyright EPA The PM will push for a general election if the EU proposes to delay Brexit until January, No 10 has indicated. Boris Johnson “paused” his Brexit bill on Tuesday after MPs rejected his plan to get it signed off in three days. Now EU leaders will consider whether to grant a delay […]