Sir Nicholas Soames: Robert Mugabe meeting was ‘purely personal’

Sir Nicholas Soames: Robert Mugabe meeting was ‘purely personal’

Image copyright Reuters/BBC Sir Nicholas Soames has defended holding a personal meeting with Robert Mugabe while on a visit to Zimbabwe. The veteran Conservative MP said he met the president last week to reminisce about his father’s role as the last governor of Southern Rhodesia. Sir Nicholas said they met for old times’ sake, adding: […]

Baroness Trumpington: Lords stalwart to retire at 95

Baroness Trumpington: Lords stalwart to retire at 95

Baroness Trumpington, one of the most redoubtable and best-known members of the House of Lords, is to retire. The Conservative peer, who will leave the Lords on the day after she turns 95 this month, has been a fixture on the red benches for nearly four decades – first joining the Lords in 1980. Her […]

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit a ‘developing disaster’

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit a ‘developing disaster’

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Sturgeon will address the independence issue in her conference speech on Tuesday afternoon Scotland’s first minister has insisted that Brexit is a “developing disaster” despite Theresa May’s prediction that the “doomsayers” will be proved wrong. Nicola Sturgeon told BBC Scotland that the process of leaving the EU had left […]

DUP hopes to raise Bombardier dispute in Commons

DUP hopes to raise Bombardier dispute in Commons

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Bombardier is one of the biggest private sector employers in Northern Ireland The Bombardier trade dispute, which is threatening thousands of jobs in Belfast, could be raised in parliament later by the Democratic Unionist Party. Its East Belfast MP, Gavin Robinson, is calling on government ministers to “up their game” […]

Theresa May: ‘We can prove Brexit doomsayers wrong’

Theresa May: ‘We can prove Brexit doomsayers wrong’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The PM will address the House of Commons later for the first time since her Florence speech on Brexit Theresa May will tell parliament later that the UK can “prove the doomsayers wrong” when it comes to Brexit. The prime minister will say “progress will not always be smooth”, […]

Greens ‘are changing the debate’, co-leader tells members

Greens ‘are changing the debate’, co-leader tells members

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas are co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales Greens have changed the political weather on issues from fracking to austerity, co-leader Jonathan Bartley will tell the party’s conference later. He will count the introduction of the Living Wage and keeping climate change […]

Brexit: ‘No deal’ planning is well under way, says minister

Brexit: ‘No deal’ planning is well under way, says minister

Image copyright Getty Images Contingency plans in case the UK has to leave the EU with no deal in place are “well under way”, a minister has said. Dominic Raab said while the UK had to “strive for the very best outcome” from Brexit negotiations, it had to “prepare for all eventualities”. The Sunday Telegraph […]

Sturgeon says government will pay EU ‘settled status’ fee

Sturgeon says government will pay EU ‘settled status’ fee

Media captionScotland First Minister on Catalonia: “How can Catalans legally express their view? Nicola Sturgeon says her government will pay a so-called “settled status” fee of any EU citizen working in the public sector in Scotland. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered settled status to EU migrants who have lived in the UK for five […]

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released, councils say

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released, councils say

Image copyright PA The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire, according to some councils. Several local authorities in England and Wales say funding requests for refurbishments such as new cladding and sprinkler systems are not being met. Jane Urquhart, from Nottingham City Council, said some works […]

Theresa May ‘resilient’ amid Conservative party infighting

Theresa May ‘resilient’ amid Conservative party infighting

Image copyright PA Theresa May has insisted she is ” pretty resilient”, despite the setbacks at the Conservative conference. Asked by the Sunday Times if a cabinet reshuffle was likely, the prime minister replied it had “never been my style to hide from a challenge”. It comes as senior Tories have been urging colleagues to […]

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