UK electoral system faces ‘perfect storm’ of threats, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images The UK faces a “perfect storm” of threats that could put its entire electoral system at risk, the head of the elections watchdog has warned. Russian meddling on social media and local council cuts were just two of the factors threatening the credibility of the system, Sir John Holmes said. He […]

Impact assessments of Brexit on the UK ‘don’t exist’

Media captionBrexit Secretary David Davis is quizzed by committee chairman Hilary Benn The government has not carried out any impact assessments of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs. Mr Davis said the usefulness of such assessments would be “near zero” because of the scale of change Brexit […]

Speaker John Bercow mispeaks to create ‘MP for Brexeter’

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow’s slip of the tongue describes Remain-backing MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw as the “member for Brexeter”. Amid laughter he added that Mr Bradshaw would be the last person who would want to live in such a place, were it to exist, with one MP joking that he would not […]

MPs call for wider NI Troubles ‘amnesty’

Image caption The MPs argue that an amnesty reserved only for members of the security forces would be open to legal challenge Four MPs have called for new legislation to prevent anyone accused of crimes linked to the Troubles in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted. Their proposal would provide an effective amnesty to both members […]

Profumo affair model Christine Keeler dies aged 75

Image copyright PA Image caption Christine Keeler worked as a model in the 1960s Christine Keeler, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said. Seymour Platt said Ms Keeler had been ill for several months with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He told the BBC: “She was always […]

Man due in court over alleged plot to kill PM

Image copyright Getty Images A man is due to appear in court later over an alleged plot to kill the prime minister, Theresa May. The BBC understands Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, is accused of planning to bomb Downing Street security gates and then attack the PM with a knife. A second man, […]

‘Profumo affair’ model Christine Keeler dies aged 75

Image copyright PA Image caption Christine Keeler worked as a model in the 1960s Christine Keeler, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 75, her son has said. Seymour Platt said Ms Keeler had been ill for several months with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He told the BBC: “She was always […]

Brexit: ‘Ball is now in London’s court’, says Irish PM

Media captionIrish PM Leo Varadkar “surprised and disappointed” The Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, has told the Dáil (Irish parliament) that “the ball is now in London’s court” after Brexit talks between the UK and the EU broke up on Monday. He said that he accepted that Prime Minister Theresa May was negotiating in good […]

Manchester Arena attack ‘could have been stopped’

Image copyright PA Image caption Police lay flowers after the Manchester Arena attack The Manchester Arena bomber had been a “subject of interest” and opportunities to stop him were missed, a review says. Its author, David Anderson QC, said it was conceivable Salman Abedi’s attack, which killed 22 people, could have been avoided had “cards […]