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Theresa May tells Conservatives to end ‘backbiting’

Theresa May tells Conservatives to end ‘backbiting’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The prime minister told MPs to come back after a break, ‘ready for serious business’ Theresa May has told Tory MPs and ministers to end the “backbiting” over disagreements within the party. The prime minister warned her MPs that the alternative to her in Number 10 would be Labour’s Jeremy […]

Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Image copyright PA Image caption A protest over school funding cuts was held in London at the weekend Schools in England are being promised an extra £1.3bn per year in their budgets, alongside a shake-up of how funding is allocated. But the cash for schools will be taken from elsewhere in the education budget, such […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Media captionChancellor Philip Hammond tells Andrew Marr: “Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space” Public sector workers get a 10% “premium” over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap. The chancellor refused to comment on reports he had said at a […]

Election intimidation at ‘tipping point’, warns watchdog

Election intimidation at ‘tipping point’, warns watchdog

Media captionFirst-time Labour candidate Emily Owen received abuse through social media British politics is at a “dangerous moment” with the level of personal abuse aimed at election candidates having reached a “tipping point”, the head of the standards watchdog says. Lord Bew warned the level of vitriol was now such that it could deter people […]

Home Office fined £366,900 for breaking pay cap for abuse inquiry chief

Home Office fined £366,900 for breaking pay cap for abuse inquiry chief

Image copyright PA Image caption Professor Jay was a panel member before being named chair The Home Office has been fined £366,900 for breaching the government’s senior salary pay cap when it appointed the head of a child sex abuse inquiry. It was penalised by the Treasury for failing to get clearance in advance before […]

Lord Chief Justice: Sir Ian Burnett appointed

Lord Chief Justice: Sir Ian Burnett appointed

Image copyright PA Sir Ian Burnett has been appointed as the new Lord Chief Justice, the head of the judiciary in England and Wales. Downing Street said Lord Justice Burnett would take over on 2 October, following the retirement of Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. Lord Justice Burnett’s final case at the bar was as counsel […]

Brexit: Warning of ‘constitutional crisis’ over repeal bill

Brexit: Warning of ‘constitutional crisis’ over repeal bill

Image caption Labour’s Carwyn Jones is working with the SNP to block the bill Theresa May has been warned of an “immense constitutional crisis” if she ahead with a key Brexit bill without the consent of devolved governments. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said the repeal bill, to convert current EU laws into UK law, […]

Brexit: The UK’s key repeal bill facing challenges

Brexit: The UK’s key repeal bill facing challenges

Media captionDavid Davis defends ‘repeal bill’ plans The Scottish and Welsh governments have threatened to block the key Brexit bill which will convert all existing EU laws into UK law. The repeal bill, published earlier, is also facing opposition from Labour and other parties in the Commons. Ministers are “optimistic” about getting it through and […]

Brexit: UK could be ‘associate’ of EU nuclear body

Brexit: UK could be ‘associate’ of EU nuclear body

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hinkley Point in Somerset is to be the site of a new nuclear power station The UK could have an “association agreement” with the EU to replace its membership of Europe’s nuclear agency, Brexit Secretary David Davis has suggested. Mr Davis told the BBC an “arbitration arrangement” would have […]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn meets EU negotiator Michel Barnier

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn meets EU negotiator Michel Barnier

Media captionJeremy Corbyn presents gifts to EU negotiator Jeremy Corbyn has met the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels to set out Labour’s vision for Brexit. Mr Corbyn told Michel Barnier he was “ready to take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations” if there was a change in government. The EU negotiator also held separate meetings […]