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Carillion board oversaw a ‘rotten corporate culture’, say MPs

Carillion board oversaw a ‘rotten corporate culture’, say MPs

Media captionRachel Reeves says Carillion directors ‘destroyed a British company’ Carillion’s board presided over a “rotten corporate culture” and was culpable for its “costly collapse”, two committees of MPs have concluded. They also accused the government and big four accounting firms of failing to stop Britain’s second biggest construction firm from going under. The MPs […]

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

Image copyright EPA Heavy criticism has been levelled at UK government energy policies by two separate parliamentary committees. The Environmental Audit Committee says ill-thought out policies caused a dive in clean energy investment, which fell 10% in 2016, and 56% last year. And the Public Accounts Committee says a government scheme to encourage clean heat […]

Brexit: UK promises ‘significant’ White Paper

Brexit: UK promises ‘significant’ White Paper

Image copyright EPA The government says a White Paper setting out its Brexit position will be its “most significant publication on the EU” since the 2016 referendum. It will include “detailed, ambitious and precise explanations of our positions”, Brexit Secretary David Davis told colleagues. Ministers have yet to settle a debate about managing post-Brexit customs. […]

Holyrood refuses consent for Westminster Brexit bill

Holyrood refuses consent for Westminster Brexit bill

Image caption Brexit Secretary Mike Russell told MSPs that the UK government’s proposal was “unprecedented, unequal and unacceptable” The Scottish Parliament has refused to give its consent to the UK’s main piece of Brexit legislation. The Scottish and UK governments are at odds over the EU Withdrawal Bill and what it could mean for devolved […]

UK urges ‘greater restraint’ by Israel after Gaza violence

UK urges ‘greater restraint’ by Israel after Gaza violence

Media captionLabour tabled an urgent question about Gaza in the Commons Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has said the UK wants an investigation into the “shocking” violence in Gaza. Mr Burt told MPs the UK continued to “implore” Israel to show “greater restraint”, but said that the role of Hamas should also be considered. Funerals […]

Leveson: MPs vote for second time against re-opening press inquiry

Leveson: MPs vote for second time against re-opening press inquiry

MPs have, for a second time in a week, voted against re-opening the Leveson inquiry into press standards after ministers made further concessions. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said a review of newspapers’ compliance with data protection rules would be widened in scope and would become permanent. Labour said a “solemn” promise was made in 2011 […]

Tessa Jowell was the best of us – Speaker John Bercow

Tessa Jowell was the best of us – Speaker John Bercow

Media captionDame Tessa Jowell: From social worker to London 2012 Tessa Jowell was the “best of us”, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said as he led tributes to the late Labour politician and cancer campaigner. He told MPs her death at the age of 70 left Parliament “infinitely poorer”. She was a “stellar, progressive change-maker” […]

Brexit: ‘Little progress’ in talks since March, says Barnier

Brexit: ‘Little progress’ in talks since March, says Barnier

Image caption Michel Barnier is leading the negotiations for the EU side Brexit talks have made “little” progress since March, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said there was a “risk of failure” in two key areas – Northern Ireland, and how the agreement will be governed. He said June’s EU summit was […]

Brexit: Jeremy Hunt warns Boris Johnson over customs comments

Brexit: Jeremy Hunt warns Boris Johnson over customs comments

Image copyright AFP Jeremy Hunt has warned Boris Johnson his public criticism could undermine the UK’s Brexit negotiating position. The health secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today he thought “it’s important that we have these debates in private”. The UK government is currently deciding which form of future trade relations it wants with the EU […]

Victims of serious crime face arrest over immigration status

Victims of serious crime face arrest over immigration status

Media captionLawyer Sulaiha Ali says victims of crime are being treated as criminals because of their immigration status More than half of UK police forces are handing over victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement, new figures show. One woman who was beaten by her partner was then herself arrested by police. […]