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Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing the West, Sir Michael Fallon says Russia is carrying out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks targeting democracy and critical infrastructure in the West, UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned. Moscow was “weaponising misinformation” in a bid to expand its influence […]

MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

Image copyright Thinkstock A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said ministers had taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of agencies tasked with stopping attacks. Cyber attacks are […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Schools have no funds to train teachers, says study

Schools have no funds to train teachers, says study

Image copyright iStock Image caption Cutting training budgets is short-sighted, say researchers There are 20,000 teachers in schools in England without any budget to train them, according to research by the Teacher Development Trust. Teacher quality has often been highlighted as the key to raising school standards and this research warns of a serious gap […]

Brexit plan published in government White Paper

Media captionWho said what, when, and what happened next? The government has published an official policy document setting out its Brexit plans. The White Paper, which was promised after pressure from MPs, lays out the government’s 12 “principles” including migration control and “taking control of our own laws”. Labour said the document “says nothing” and […]

Brexit strategy to be revealed by government

Media captionMPs voted to back the Article 50 bill on Wednesday evening The government’s strategy for Brexit will face scrutiny from politicians and the public for the first time when a white paper is published later. The paper, which comes after MPs voted to allow the PM to begin the Brexit process, will outline Downing […]

Brexit vote: How did your MP vote on the the bill?

Brexit vote: How did your MP vote on the the bill?

Image copyright AP Image caption MPs overwhelmingly backed the government’s Article 50 bill A total of 47 Labour MPs have voted against the Article 50 bill, allowing ministers to trigger Brexit, despite strict party orders. Among those to defy Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are whips Vicky Foxcroft, Thangam Debonnaire and Jeff Smith. Sorry, your browser […]

University applications fall with drop in nursing and EU students

University applications fall with drop in nursing and EU students

Image copyright iStock Image caption This is the first fall in applications since tuition fees were last increased in 2012 University applications have fallen by 5% – with the decline driven by a drop in European Union students and a sharp fall in nursing applications. Fees in England are rising again, and it is the […]

May: I won’t chase headlines over Trump ban

Media captionTheresa May: He leads a protest, I lead the country The government will not “chase the headlines” over Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister defended her response to the US president’s executive order banning people from seven mainly Muslim countries. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn asked “just what President […]

Brexit: MPs overwhelmingly back Article 50 bill

Media captionWhen MPs voted to back Article 50 bill MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. They backed the government’s European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114. But the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats […]