General Ben Hodges warns Britain over armed forces cuts

General Ben Hodges warns Britain over armed forces cuts

Image copyright MOD Image caption The Army, Royal Navy and RAF have been asked to put forward options for cuts A senior US general has warned against deeper cuts to Britain’s armed forces. Lt-Gen Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, said Britain’s position as a key ally and a leading member of […]

Labour: Priti Patel must face probe or quit over Israeli trip

Image copyright PA Priti Patel must be investigated for holding unofficial meetings during a holiday in Israel or “do the decent thing and resign”, Labour has said. The international development secretary apologised on Tuesday for holding 12 meetings, including one with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, on a private trip. In the Commons, Labour’s Kate Osamor […]

Sacked Labour minister Carl Sargeant found dead

An ex-Welsh Labour minister who faced a party investigation into allegations about his personal conduct has taken his own life, it is understood. Carl Sargeant, 49, lost his job as cabinet secretary for communities and children last Friday. He was suspended from Labour after the first minister learned of a number of alleged incidents involving […]

Boris Johnson sorry if Zaghari-Ratcliffe remarks ’caused anxiety’

Media captionNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband said “she was just a mum on holiday” Boris Johnson has said he is sorry if his remarks about a British-Iranian mother caused anxiety to her family. The foreign secretary had been criticised for saying Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran, had been training journalists there. A charity said […]

Brexit minister Steve Baker attacked over Brexit impact study ‘delay’

Image caption Steve Baker questioned Labour MPs’ motives Brexit minister Steve Baker says it will take “no more than three weeks” to publish official reports on the impact of Brexit on Britain’s economy. The government had been ordered to publish the reports immediately by Commons speaker John Bercow. But Mr Baker said officials needed more […]

Damian Green and Bob Quick quizzed by Cabinet Office inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Damian Green’s conduct is being investigated by the Cabinet Office First Secretary of State Damian Green gave evidence to a Cabinet Office inquiry into his conduct earlier on Tuesday, the BBC understands. The inquiry, which is being held behind closed doors, quizzed former senior police officer Bob Quick on […]

Retract Iran remark, husband tells Boris Johnson

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent The husband of a British-Iranian woman, in prison in Iran, has urged Boris Johnson to retract his remark that she had been training journalists in Iran. Richard Ratcliffe said Iranian officials were using the foreign secretary’s statement to justify extending his wife Nazanin’s jail term. Mr Johnson […]

Brexit: Ministers to publish post-EU trade legislation

Image copyright AFP Details of the government’s post-Brexit trade policy will become clearer as it publishes proposed legislation. Ministers say their Trade Bill includes provisions for the UK to implement existing EU trade agreements and help ensure firms can still access £1.3 tn worth of foreign government contracts. It will also create a new trade […]

Drop the puerile slogans, Sir John Major tells party leaders

Sir John Major has hit out at the use of “puerile” political slogans as he called for more honesty in government about the challenges facing the UK. The ex-prime minister said political leaders should avoid “deceitful” sound bites and be more candid about the limitations of what government can do. In a speech in London, […]

Boris Johnson to ring Iran over jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Image copyright Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Image caption Thomson Reuters Foundation says the comments “can only worsen her sentence” Boris Johnson is expected to phone his counterpart in Iran later, amid fears that comments he made could lead to a woman having her jail sentence doubled. The foreign secretary last week said British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “teaching” […]

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