Updated MP boundary plans published

Image caption This summer’s general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 Revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published. The proposed constituency boundaries in England, Scotland and Wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of MPs will be cut from […]

OECD says reversing Brexit would boost economy

Image copyright Reuters Reversing the Brexit process would boost the UK economy, the Paris-based think tank, the OECD has said. A new referendum or a change of government leading to the UK staying within the EU would have a “significant” positive impact on growth, the OECD said. It also warned “no deal” would see investment […]

Pro-EU group fined over campaign spending

Image copyright PA A pro-European campaign organisation and the UK Independence Party are among those to have been fined over the way their finances were reported. The Electoral Commission said the European Movement UK’s spending return for last year’s EU referendum had been “incomplete and inaccurate” and fined it £8,750. UKIP was fined £1,000 for […]

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Brexit negotiations should “accelerate over the months to come,” says a joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels earlier for a dinner […]

Ministers back tougher sentences for attacks on emergency staff

Image copyright PA Attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law which has been given government backing. Labour MP Chris Bryant’s private member’s bill would double the maximum sentence for common assault against an emergency worker to a year. Mr Bryant called assaults on police and paramedics “a national disgrace”. Policing […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber to retire from House of Lords

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Lloyd Webber was made a Conservative peer by John Major in 1997 Andrew Lloyd Webber is to retire from the Lords as of midnight on Monday, the House has confirmed. The 69-year-old composer became a life peer in the 1997 New Year’s Honours list and sat as a Conservative […]

Vauxhall: Union calls for support to protect jobs

Image copyright Vauxhall The government should give “a clear signal” that it will support the automotive industry through Brexit to protect jobs at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, the Unite union says. The union is calling for reassurance from the plant’s French owners, PSA Group, that they will continue to invest in the facility. But Unite […]

Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Image copyright Getty Images It is an “utter disgrace” that Welsh members of the European Parliament voted for a delay in Brexit talks, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill has said. Labour’s Derek Vaughan and Jill Evans of Plaid Cymru backed the EU not to start on the next phase of trade talks. Mr Vaughan said the […]

Boris Johnson takes Czech minister for a paddle

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has treated his Czech counterpart to a paddle around the lake of his official residence. During a walk around the estate at Chevening House, the UK foreign secretary tried to encourage ministers from other European countries allies to join him in the small boat. Accompanying Czech deputy foreign minister Ivo […]

Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]