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Labour ruling ‘fails Jewish community’, says Chief Rabbi

Labour ruling ‘fails Jewish community’, says Chief Rabbi

Image copyright PA Image caption Ephraim Mirvis said the Labour Party had “failed all those who believe in zero tolerance of anti-Semitism”. The Chief Rabbi has accused Labour of “failing the Jewish community” by not expelling Ken Livingstone. The former London mayor was suspended from the party for two years on Tuesday for comments he […]

Brexit: Officials urged to be more ‘savvy’ when hiring consultants

Brexit: Officials urged to be more ‘savvy’ when hiring consultants

Taxpayers could face being “ripped off” by private consultants hired to help with Brexit talks, the chairwoman of a spending watchdog has warned. The government is short of expert staff to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU – and is already seeking help from the private sector. But Public Accounts Committee chairman Meg Hillier says […]

PM hints at help for diesel car owners over ‘toxin tax’

PM hints at help for diesel car owners over ‘toxin tax’

Image copyright Reuters Diesel car owners could get some help from the government if cities adopt new charges to tackle pollution, Theresa May has suggested. An ultra low emission zone will come into force in London in April 2019, with a £24 a day fee for some drivers. A so-called “toxin tax” of up to […]

Ken Livingstone Hitler row: Labour suspends former mayor again

Ken Livingstone Hitler row: Labour suspends former mayor again

Media captionKen Livingstone: “I expected them to expel me, so I have now got to consider whether I challenge this legally.” The Labour Party has suspended Ken Livingstone from holding office for another year over comments he made about Adolf Hitler and Zionism. A disciplinary panel upheld three charges of breaching party rules. The ex-London […]

Brexit committee warns of impact of no deal being reached

Brexit committee warns of impact of no deal being reached

Image copyright AFP/Getty MPs have warned about the risks of the UK and EU failing to reach a Brexit trading agreement, urging ministers to work out how much “no deal” would cost. The Brexit committee said Theresa May’s claim that “no deal is better than a bad deal” was “unsubstantiated” until an economic assessment was […]

Some foreign aid firms’ conduct ‘appalling’, MPs say

Some foreign aid firms’ conduct ‘appalling’, MPs say

Image copyright PA Ministers must do more to tackle the “appalling conduct” of some private contractors used to deliver foreign aid projects, a committee of MPs has said. There were “fundamental flaws” in the working practices of some of the groups that handle tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, said the MPs. The […]

Stormont party leaders in roundtable talks

Stormont party leaders in roundtable talks

Image caption The new talks have been described as “an intensive process to drive progress” Party leaders have met at Stormont Castle for roundtable talks in an effort to strike a deal for the restoration of devolved government. The parties missed last week’s deadline for forming a power-sharing executive. Secretary of State James Brokenshire has […]

Palace of Westminster: Two arrested on suspicion of trespass

Palace of Westminster: Two arrested on suspicion of trespass

Image copyright PA Image caption Police said no access was gained to any building in the Palace of Westminster Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site after a barrier was climbed at the Palace of Westminster. The Metropolitan Police said no access was gained to any Parliament building […]

Theresa May defends UK ties with Saudi Arabia

Theresa May defends UK ties with Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP/Getty Theresa May has defended her trip to Saudi Arabia, saying its ties with the UK are important for security and prosperity. The prime minister is facing questions about the UK’s support for the Saudi-led coalition which is fighting rebels in neighbouring Yemen. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said UK-made weapons were contributing […]

UK should follow minimum alcohol price, say Lords

UK should follow minimum alcohol price, say Lords

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Licensing Act 2003 also needs an overhaul, according to the peers Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be rolled out across the UK if Scotland’s scheme is successful, a Lords committee says. The 50p per unit minimum was approved by MSPs in 2012, but has faced legal challenges […]