Local and mayoral elections: Early results coming in

Image copyright PA The Conservatives have gained control of Warwickshire and Lincolnshire County Councils as votes are counted in local and mayoral elections across Britain. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils, all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England five weeks before the general election. […]

Donald Tusk: ‘Don’t let Brexit emotions get out of hand’

Image copyright PA The stakes involved in the UK leaving the EU are too high to let “emotions get out of hand”, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. PM Theresa May has accused EU politicians of making “threats” to try to influence the UK general election. At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Tusk […]

UK clean air strategy: Government to publish draft proposals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Drivers of older diesel cars may be given incentives to scrap their cars under draft government plans The UK government is set to publish a draft air pollution plan after a protracted legal battle with environmental campaigners. It is likely to include a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars […]

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi wins IS libel case

Image caption Nadhim Zahawi was the MP for Stratford-on-Avon until Parliament was dissolved for next month’s general election A Conservative politician has won libel damages after it was reported he helped fund so-called Islamic State (IS). An Iranian affiliated broadcaster said MP Nadhim Zahawi bought crude oil from the militant group and sold it to […]

Voting in local elections enters final stages

Image copyright PA Voting in local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland is entering its final few hours. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales, plus 34 in England, including 27 counties. Six new “metro mayors” will be elected, […]

Voters going to polls in local elections across Britain

Image copyright PA Voters have been heading to the polls for local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales, plus 34 in England, including 27 counties. Six new “metro mayors” will be elected, […]

Local elections: Voters heading for the polls

Image copyright PA Voters are heading to the polls for local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales, plus 34 in England, including 27 counties. Six new “metro mayors” will be elected, covering […]

French election: Macron declared ‘winner’ of final debate

Image copyright AFP Image caption The event’s moderators largely let events run their course without interference French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron appeared to cement his position as the front-runner after his clash with far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening’s final TV debate. French pundits, newspapers and a highly regarded viewers’ poll all declared […]

How the BBC reports polling day

Image caption BBC coverage of campaigns and results resumes at 22:00 BST The BBC, like other broadcasters, isn’t allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. The BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates. The basic principle behind due impartiality in political coverage […]

Border counties to hold Brexit meeting

Image copyright PA Image caption The councils will gather in Enniskillen Councils along the Irish border are to meet later in County Fermanagh to discuss the impact of Brexit. The local authorities will discuss a report which sets out some of the risks and opportunities to the border area after the UK leaves the EU. […]