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Stormont ‘could be down for five years’, says Eastwood

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Colum Eastwood repeatedly clashed with DUP MPs while giving evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee The Stormont institutions could be down for five years “if we keep doing what we’re doing”, the leader of the SDLP has warned. Colum Eastwood also said nationalists were beginning to move […]

NFU elects first female president

Image copyright NFU Image caption Minette Batters has been voted president of the NFU The National Farmers Union has elected its first female president in the organisation’s 110-year history. Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, takes over from Meurig Raymond, who held the post for four years. She had just one opponent, Essex farmer […]

Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May

Image copyright Getty Images More than 60 Brexit-supporting Tory MPs have written to Theresa May to insist the UK make a clean break with the EU. The MPs say the UK must not be stopped from negotiating trade deals with other countries, once it leaves the EU, and must gain full “regulatory autonomy”. The letter […]

Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts

Image copyright Save the Children A former chief executive of Save the Children faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving the charity, the BBC has learned. Justin Forsyth was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing. Mr Forsyth said he had “apologised unreservedly” to […]

UK unemployment rises for first time in two years

Image copyright Reuters UK unemployment has increased slightly for the first time in two years. The rate of unemployment rose from 4.3% to 4.4% for the three months to the end of December, the Office for National Statistics said. Despite the slight increase in the unemployment rate, the total number of those in work increased […]

MPs send Brexit ‘suggestions’ to Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters More than 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May making a series of “suggestions” about the government’s Brexit strategy. The letter from the European Research Group says the UK should be free to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries as soon as it leaves. The MPs also […]

MPs send Brexit ‘suggestions’ to Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters More than 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May making a series of “suggestions” about the government’s Brexit strategy. The letter from the European Research Group says the UK should be free to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries as soon as it leaves. The MPs also […]

Corbyn: Spy stories show press is worried by Labour government

Media captionJeremy Corbyn says Daily Mail and Sun stories ‘nonsense’ Jeremy Corbyn has warned press barons “change is coming” as he accused them of printing “lies and smears” over his contacts with a Czech spy in the 1980s. The Labour leader said newspapers had gone a “little bit James Bond” in their coverage of his […]

Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

Media captionWill ministers be locked in a room ‘all night’? Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said. David Davis said the UK wanted to lead a “global race to the top” in rights and standards not, as some […]

Theresa May urges opposition peers to retire to cut size of Lords

Image copyright PA Theresa May is urging Labour and the Liberal Democrats to encourage more of their peers to retire to cut the size of the House of Lords. The prime minister said the Tories had a better record of “embracing retirement at the appropriate time”. She also vowed to end the “automatic entitlement” to […]