PMQs: Universal credit families face eviction for Christmas, says Corbyn

Hundreds of families have been issued with eviction notices by a landlord concerned about the impact of universal credit, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed. The Labour leader, speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, said the families, in Lincolnshire, risk losing their homes over Christmas. He urged Theresa May to “pause” the rollout of the controversial benefit while […]

UK pay squeeze tightens but unemployment dips

Wages continue to lag behind the cost of living in the UK, while unemployment remains at a 42-year low. Workers’ earnings, excluding bonuses, rose 2.2% in the three months to September compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said. But they fell 0.5% in real terms when accounting for inflation, marking seven […]

Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Media captionWhat’s going on with the EU Withdrawal Bill? Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to […]

IPPR calls for guaranteed public sector pay rise

Image copyright PA The government should guarantee public sector pay rises to ease the wages squeeze on vital public services employees, the IPPR has said. Public sector pay should either rise in line with inflation or private sector pay, the centre-left think tank added. The GMB union backed the call, saying the policy would encourage […]

Labour attacks Brexit date ‘gimmick’ as MPs begin scrutiny

Media captionWhat’s going on with the EU Withdrawal Bill? Several Tory MPs have joined Labour in demanding Theresa May withdraw a key Brexit legislation amendment to set the exact time of EU departure in law. Ministers say being “crystal clear” about when the UK will leave on 29 March 2019 will give maximum certainty. But […]

Nigel Farage withdraws claim against Hope Not Hate

Image copyright Reuters Nigel Farage has withdrawn a claim that a campaign group pursued “violent and undemocratic means” before the start of a libel case over the comments. Hope Not Hate began legal proceedings over the comments made by Mr Farage on LBC radio last year. It said it was “delighted” the ex-UKIP leader had […]

Nicola Sturgeon describes talks with Theresa May as ‘constructive’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nicola Sturgeon was greeted by Theresa May as she arrived in Downing Street for the talks Scotland’s first minister has described her face-to-face talks with the prime minister as “constructive and cordial”. But Nicola Sturgeon said she and Theresa May had “not yet” reached an agreement over the UK […]

Russian politicians dismiss PM’s ‘election meddling’ claims

Media captionRussia ‘tries to sow discord in the West’ Senior Russian politicians have dismissed accusations by Theresa May that Moscow has meddled in elections and carried out cyber-espionage. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. She said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free […]

Homer Simpson hapless dad stereotype ‘bad for men’

Media caption‘I’m often pilloried for saying men and women should be treated equally’ Male victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and unequal pay are often neglected, an MP has said. Speaking during an International Men’s Day debate, Philip Davies said he was “often pilloried for arguing that men and women should be treated equally”. He […]

Brexit: Labour attacks withdrawal date ‘gimmick’ as debate begins

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Labour says it is a question of how, not if, the UK leaves the EU that matters Labour is to demand that Prime Minister Theresa May withdraws her Brexit legislation amendment which would set the day of EU departure in law. Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer will brand […]

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