House of Lords rejects ‘couch potato peers’ allegation

House of Lords rejects ‘couch potato peers’ allegation

Image caption The House of Lords has 798 members, making it the second-largest legislative body in the world The House of Lords has defended its role after the Electoral Reform Society criticised “couch potato peers”. The society said peers who had spoken five times or fewer in the chamber in 2016-17 had claimed more than […]

Dangerous cycling law review after death crash

Dangerous cycling law review after death crash

The government is launching a review into whether a new law is needed to tackle dangerous cycling. It will consider whether an equivalent offence to causing death by dangerous driving is needed for cyclists. It comes after Charlie Alliston, who killed Kim Briggs while riding a fixed-gear bike with no front brakes, was convicted under […]

UK threatens to withhold United Nations funding

UK threatens to withhold United Nations funding

Media captionTheresa May says UN shortcomings risk undermining confidence in the organisation Theresa May has warned the United Nations that Britain could withhold up to 30% of its £90m core funding each year unless the organisation reforms. The PM told delegates at the UN general assembly there was a gap between “the nobility of its […]

Theresa May warns tech firms over terror content

Theresa May warns tech firms over terror content

Image copyright EPA Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Theresa May has told the United Nations general assembly. The prime minister will also host a meeting with other world leaders and Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. She will challenge social networks and search engines to find fixes to take down terrorist […]

UK ‘must find Irish border solution’ – Guy Verhofstadt

UK ‘must find Irish border solution’ – Guy Verhofstadt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guy Verhofstadt is the link between EU negotiators and MEPs The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, has said it is up to the UK to find a way to avoid new controls on the Irish border. This echoes the position already laid out by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel […]

Millicent Fawcett statue gets Parliament Square go ahead

Millicent Fawcett statue gets Parliament Square go ahead

Image copyright Caroline Teo/GLA/PA Image caption Artist Gillian Wearing, said she was “really delighted that planning has been granted” The first statue of a woman to be built in Parliament Square has been given planning permission. A bronze casting of leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled next year to coincide with the centenary of […]

Islamic State: UK military could honour drone pilots

Islamic State: UK military could honour drone pilots

Image copyright MOD Military drone pilots fighting so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for contributions to UK operations “outside the battle space”. Medals are currently given on the basis of rigour and risk, […]

Warning over food import delays if no Brexit deal

Warning over food import delays if no Brexit deal

Image copyright Getty Images The food industry fears it will be hit with the cost of a new inspection regime if Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. Industry figures have told the BBC supplies could be delayed and prices in the shops increased. The government has set out proposals to make UK-EU trade […]

Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Image copyright Reuters Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world leaders and firms including Facebook, […]

Military drone pilots could get medals – Michael Fallon

Military drone pilots could get medals – Michael Fallon

Image copyright MOD Military drone pilots fighting so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon confirmed there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for their contribution to UK operations. Medals are currently awarded on the basis of rigour and risk, and being physically […]