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Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to […]

Brexit: Right-to-stay forms ‘will only take minutes’

Brexit: Right-to-stay forms ‘will only take minutes’

Image copyright PA Image caption Anyone who arrives before Brexit day on 29 March 2019 will have the right to stay. It will only take a couple of minutes for EU citizens to register online to stay in the UK after Brexit, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis has said. There would, he said, be a […]

Marcus Wareing: Let’s be ‘positive’ about Brexit

The restaurateur Marcus Wareing says he voted Remain in the EU referendum and was shocked by the Brexit win – but now takes a positive view about leaving the European Union. He told Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur that Brexit meant Britain having to potentially build its own future with “a really interesting twist… that we Brits […]

‘That’s where the babies are suffering’

Should anti-abortion campaigners be banned from standing outside abortion centres and urging women to change their mind? Leila Nathoo visits one clinic in London to hear whether the right to freedom of expression has crossed over into intimidation. ‘That’s where the babies are suffering’}

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

Image copyright Getty Images Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase. The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%. Mark Carney, the […]

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Labour clears MP Clive Lewis of sexual harassment

Labour clears MP Clive Lewis of sexual harassment

Image copyright PA Image caption Clive Lewis said he was “taken aback” by the allegation Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of sexual harassment by a party inquiry, the BBC understands. The Norwich South MP was put under investigation last month after a party supporter claimed that she had been groped by him at […]

UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

UK inflation rate rises to 3.1%

Image copyright PA Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase. The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%. Mark Carney, the governor […]

Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Image copyright EPA Image caption Woody Johnson said the US president was not “namby-pamby” about voicing his opinions The US ambassador to Britain said he expects Donald Trump to visit the UK in the new year despite his recent Twitter row with Theresa May. Woody Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the disagreement […]

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]