UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

Image copyright EPA The UK’s inflation rate has fallen for the first time since June, mainly because of the impact of air fares. The inflation rate dipped to 3% in December, down from November’s rate of 3.1% – a six-year high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while air fares rose last month, […]

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Brexit: EU ‘tightens transition guidelines’ on immigration, trade and fishing

Image caption EU politicians want freedom of movement rules to continue until the start of 2021 The UK’s freedom to determine its own rules on immigration, trade and fishing in a transition period after Brexit may be further restricted, according to revised EU guidelines on a transition. Draft EU documents would see full freedom of […]

Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Image copyright Getty Images Big Ben and Heathrow Airport were among landmarks targeted by a British man who was “fascinated” by the so-called Islamic State, a court has heard. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from east London, denies preparing acts of terrorism. He is on trial at the Old Bailey in London alongside three other men, […]

Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours

Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Firms working for failed construction giant Carillion on purely private sector deals will only have two days of government support, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has warned. Carillion spent £952m with local suppliers in 2016 and used an extensive network of small firms, who are now waiting […]

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

Image copyright Getty Images The controversial claim that the UK sends £350m a week to the EU was a “gross underestimate”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. He told the Guardian the UK’s contribution was already £362m a week and would rise to £438m by the end of the post-Brexit transition period. Vote Leave’s claim […]

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers’ groups are trying to […]

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Rohingya have been forced to live in camps MPs have raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar. The Commons International Development Committee said it was “clear” that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of war used by the Burmese military. […]

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3 million machines had been “woeful”, the Business Committee said. It was unacceptable […]

Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Image copyright Reuters Cabinet ministers have concluded a crisis meeting about keeping vital public services going after the collapse of contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said the two-hour Cobra committee talks enabled ministers to air any concerns. Meanwhile, […]

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Image caption Jon Lansman has been a key figure on the left of the party for four decades Jeremy Corbyn has extended his influence over Labour’s governing body following elections to the National Executive Committee. Jon Lansman, the founder of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group which wants more grassroots say over policy, was among three new […]