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Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May should “urge” Saudi Arabia’s king to halt the executions, say MPs A group of MPs have written to PM Theresa May asking her to intervene in the case of 14 Saudi prisoners believed to be facing imminent execution. The MPs say they are “gravely concerned” UK police training […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]

Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vince Cable, with new deputy leader Jo Swinson, left. Sir Vince Cable is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, after no-one stood against him. The 74-year old Twickenham MP was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed at 16:00 BST. The former business secretary said there […]

Brexit transition period could take two years, says Fox

Media captionInternational Trade Secretary Liam Fox says an EU trade deal “should be one of the easiest in human history” It could take a further two years for Britain to fully leave the EU and start negotiating new trade deals with other countries, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary told the BBC there […]

Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped

Image copyright Jaggery/Geograph Image caption Chris Grayling has promised a “whole package of improvements” for the service Plans to electrify the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea have been scrapped, the UK’s transport secretary has said. Chris Grayling told the Western Mail a faster journey between the cities would be achieved without the […]

Sky deal: Murdoch faces further delay over Fox bid

Image copyright Getty Images Rupert Murdoch will have to wait a few more weeks to find out whether his bid for control of Sky will be the subject of an in-depth competition probe. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was “still minded” to refer the bid by Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox to the Competition and […]

Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Image copyright AFP Image caption The respective negotiators will have a “rendez-vous” on Thursday Brexit negotiators are to outline what progress has been made so far as the latest round of talks come to an end. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier will meet to assess the past four days […]

Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Image copyright PA Image caption The Lib Dem politician has been in Parliament since 1997 Sir Vince Cable is set to become leader of the Liberal Democrats later. The 74-year old is expected to be the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations close at 16:00 BST. Other possible contenders have all ruled themselves […]

State pension age rise brought forward

Image copyright Getty Images Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. Those affected […]

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “Wages are falling, the economy is slowing” Theresa May has said she recognises the “sacrifice” made by public sector workers as Jeremy Corbyn urged her to lift the 1% cap on their wages. In the last PMQs before the summer break, Mr Corbyn said people were held back by low pay and […]