UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security

UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security

Image copyright Getty Images An extra £44.5m is to be spent beefing up Channel border security, the UK government is to say later. It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other border points. It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK for a summit with Theresa […]

Justine Greening: Next generation of MPs could ‘improve or undo’ Brexit

Justine Greening: Next generation of MPs could ‘improve or undo’ Brexit

Image copyright House of Commons A future generation of MPs will seek to “improve or undo” Brexit if it does not work for young people, a former cabinet minister has said. Justine Greening – who quit as education secretary in last week’s reshuffle – said MPs had a duty to make sure Brexit was “sustainable”. […]

Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals

Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals

Image copyright Barts Health NHS Trust Image caption A £1.1bn revamp of the Royal London Hospital was funded through PFI Taxpayers still owe private contractors £199bn for deals signed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), a spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office (NAO) found 716 public projects were active under PFI and its successor […]

Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze

Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze

Media captionSir Desmond Swayne listens to Ken Clarke’s EU Bill speech A Tory MP who appeared to fall asleep in the House of Commons has said he is embarrassed and “annoyed” with himself. Sir Desmond Swayne, who nodded off during a speech by colleague Ken Clarke, said the image of him with his head on […]

Momentum’s Christine Shawcroft voted on to Labour disputes panel

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

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

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

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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