Politics

Brexit: Theresa May seeks to sell plan to Tory sceptics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May speaks after 12-hour cabinet meeting Theresa May is seeking Conservative MPs’ backing for the cabinet’s proposal for UK-EU relations after Brexit. The plan was agreed by the prime minister’s senior ministers at a 12-hour cabinet awayday on Friday. Mrs May said the plan “will be […]

Politics

At-a-glance: The new UK Brexit plan agreed at Chequers

Image copyright PAImage caption The marathon cabinet meeting at Chequers lasted nearly 12 hours The cabinet has reached an agreement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU after Brexit. Here are the key points from the three page deal published by the government. ‘Common rulebook’ The UK will “maintain a common rulebook for all […]

Politics

Brexit: May bids to unite cabinet behind plan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChequers and Brexit – what’s going on at the country retreat? Cabinet ministers are meeting at Chequers in a bid to thrash out an agreement on the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Theresa May has said they have “a duty” to reach agreement […]

Politics

Michel Barnier: ‘Realistic’ Brexit plan needed

Image copyright AFPImage caption Michel Barnier warned that “time is short” to agree a deal on future trade with the European Union Michel Barnier has stressed there can be “no unravelling” of the single market, as UK ministers try to agree on a future UK-EU relationship. The EU’s chief negotiator said “realistic and workable” UK […]

Politics

MPs join criticism of Labour’s anti-Semitism code

Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners and some Labour MPs have criticised the party’s new code of conduct on anti-Semitism. The code states that “anti-Semitism is racism. It is unacceptable in our party and in wider society”. But some critics think it does not sign up in full to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition […]

Politics

Earl of Devon wins House of Lords by-election

Image copyright PA An aristocrat who is married to a former Beverley Hills 90210 and Baywatch actress has been elected to sit in the House of Lords. The Earl of Devon, Charles Courtenay, stood against 18 other candidates in a by-election to replace retiring crossbencher Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. There are 92 hereditary peers left, […]

Politics

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

Image copyright HoC Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over “inadvertently misleading” the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog’s view of Universal Credit. Labour said the work and pensions secretary either “misread” or “chose to misrepresent” the NAO report and “either way, she should resign”. Ms McVey said she would meet the NAO […]

Politics

DUP’s Luke Poots denies planning impropriety

Image caption Luke Poots (left), Glynis Poots (centre) and DUP MLA Edwin Poots (right) Luke Poots, the son of DUP MLA Edwin Poots, has denied doing anything improper over attempts to develop land at his home. Questions are being asked over why a planning application to build three houses to replace his home was made […]