PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Image caption Theresa May has said now is not the time for another referendum on Scottish independence Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, […]

Farage: Carswell should face by-election after quitting UKIP

Farage: Carswell should face by-election after quitting UKIP

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Carswell retained his seat with a 3,437 majority at the 2015 general election Douglas Carswell should call a by-election after announcing he is leaving UKIP to sit as an independent MP, ex-party leader Nigel Farage has said. He said he had campaigned to allow constituents to recall MPs and […]

WhatsApp must not be ‘place for terrorists to hide’

Media captionAmber Rudd: “Intelligence services need to be able to get into encrypted services like WhatsApp” There must be “no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said. Khalid Masood killed four people in Westminster this week. It is understood his phone had […]

Article 50: Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour

Article 50: Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour

Image copyright JEFF OVERS/BBC Labour will not support any Brexit deal negotiated by the government unless it meets the party’s “six tests”, the shadow Brexit secretary has said. Any deal must include a strong relationship with the EU and the exact same benefits the UK has from the single market, Sir Keir Starmer said. The […]

Give Corbyn 15 months – McCluskey

Give Corbyn 15 months – McCluskey

Image copyright PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should be “given a chance” and allowed 15 months to prove he can turn around opinion polls, says union boss Len McCluskey. The general secretary of Unite said Mr Corbyn was being “slaughtered” by the media for putting forward policies to build a “different… better Britain”. He said […]

Social media firms ‘must do more’ to stop extremist material

Social media firms ‘must do more’ to stop extremist material

Image copyright PA Social media companies must do more to tackle extremism and terror, senior ministers have said in the wake of the Westminster attack. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she was asking companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook to be more “proactive”. She is due to meet the firms […]

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

Media captionDouglas Carswell: Why I won’t trigger a by-election UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so “amicably”. The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in 2014. Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against […]

London attack: Parliament security under review

London attack: Parliament security under review

Image copyright PA Questions continue to be asked about whether Wednesday’s fatal terror attack in Parliament could have been prevented if more officers had been armed. Attention is focusing on how Khalid Masood was able to enter the Carriage Gates entrance of Parliament before he was confronted and subsequently shot. One security expert said the […]

High cost credit products must be tackled, say Lords

High cost credit products must be tackled, say Lords

Image copyright Getty Images The banks and financial regulators should do more to tackle the vicious cycle of debt and overcharging, says a Lords committee. The Financial Exclusion Committee says banks are failing the customers who need them the most, leaving the poorest to rely on expensive products. It adds that controls on “rent to […]

Brexit ‘clears way’ for German domination claims Heseltine

Brexit ‘clears way’ for German domination claims Heseltine

Image copyright PA The UK is handing control of Europe’s destiny to Germany by leaving the EU, Lord Heseltine has claimed. The Tory peer, sacked as a government adviser after defying the whip over Brexit, said the Germans had lost World War Two but the UK was now giving them the “opportunity to win the […]