Carillion: Government ‘inept’ over crisis, says GMB boss

Image copyright Reuters GMB union boss Tim Roache has said the government’s response to the Carillion crisis has been “inadequate and inept”. The construction giant has gone bust, putting thousands of jobs at risk. Mr Roache said that his union had called on Business Secretary Greg Clark to set up a task force to help […]

Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in UK for the first time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bayeux Tapestry is 70m (230ft) long The Bayeux Tapestry is set to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it could leave its shores for the first time in 950 years, the BBC understands. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan during his visit […]

Brexit: Brits take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An ECJ decision would affect all British nationals living in the EU Five UK nationals are going to court in the Netherlands in a campaign to keep their EU citizenship after Brexit. They want a Dutch judge to press the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify their rights. […]

Brexit: Conservatives urge ‘unity’ ahead of EU bill vote

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives have urged MPs to show a “unity of purpose” and back their Brexit legislation in a key vote. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill gets its third reading in the House of Commons later before heading to the Lords. The draft legislation has already been the subject of highly-charged debate in […]

Tory MP Ben Bradley ‘sorry’ for blog post about jobless

Image caption Ben Bradley became the MP for Mansfield in June 2017 A Conservative MP has apologised for a 2012 blog post in which he suggested benefit claimants should have vasectomies. In the post Ben Bradley, made Tory vice-chairman for youth in last week’s reshuffle, hit out at what he called a “vast sea of […]

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

Image copyright Getty Images A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street. Tracey Crouch MP will take on the role and aim to “shine a light” on an issue affecting about nine million UK people. The Commission on Loneliness was first set up […]

Momentum’s Christine Shawcroft voted on to Labour disputes panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn has strengthened his hold on Labour’s internal mechanisms A director of Momentum – the group set up to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – has taken charge of the Labour Party’s disputes panel. Christine Shawcroft replaces Ann Black as the head of the committee, which investigates allegations of […]

Carillion was left with just £29m before going bankrupt

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Carillion was in talks with the government since October as part of a desperate bid to stave off collapse, according to the chief executive. Keith Cochrane says the construction giant was left with just £29m in cash by the time it went bust on Monday. Until the […]

Donald Tusk: EU’s ‘heart still open to UK’ over Brexit

Media captionDonald Tusk: “Our hearts are still open to you” The UK would be welcome to stay in the EU if it changed its mind about Brexit, Donald Tusk has suggested. The European Council President told MEPs that the UK would leave the bloc unless it had a “change of heart”. “We haven’t had a […]

Carillion directors to be investigated

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion. The UK’s second biggest construction firm went into liquidation on Monday, after running up losses on contracts and struggling with heavy debts. The business secretary has asked for an investigation by the […]

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