Is ex-PM Cameron at centre of ‘the greatest ethical scandal in...

David Cameron has broken his month silence over his lobbying for “scandal-hit” finance company Greensill Capital, admitting he should have acted through “the most formal channels”. Cameron said “there are important lessons to be learnt” after the latest twist in his relationship with the “disgraced...

Politics pauses following death of Duke

Political campaigning for the May 6 elections has been paused following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, aged 99. Parliaments in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh have been called back from their Easter recess to pay tribute on Monday to the Duke...

Water cannon blasts Belfast rioters as US president calls for calm

Police used water cannon on rioters, and charged them with dogs, in Belfast last night (Thursday) after Joe Biden intervened to call for calm following a week of violence in Northern Ireland. The US president joined prime minister Boris Johnson and taoiseach Micheál Martin in...

Scottish govt slams ‘morally repugnant’ UK govt in children’s rights row

The Scottish government has condemned the UK government’s decision to launch a Supreme Court challenge against laws protecting children’s rights that were unanimously passed by Holyrood last month. The SNP leader and first minister of Scotland described the legal action against the children’s bill as “jaw-dropping”. Nicola Sturgeon’s tweet continued: “The...

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Former chief constable warns Britain is moving towards ‘paramilitary policing’

A former chief constable has warned Britain is “dangerously” edging towards the type of  “paramilitary policing” linked to “repressive regimes”. Michael Barton, who was chief of Durham police and the Crime Operations lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said...

£700m ‘catch-up fund’ will benefit better-off pupils most

Pupils from better-off families are set to benefit most from the £700 million pound catch-up programme announced by the government. Education secretary Gavin Williamson laid out details of the fund...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake news’

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly...

UK exports to EU down 68% – Gove repeatedly ignored hauliers warning

British ports have recorded a massive 68% drop in the volume of exports to the EU this January, compared to same month last year. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) have...

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Scottish govt slams ‘morally repugnant’ UK govt in children’s rights row

The Scottish government has condemned the UK government’s decision to launch a Supreme Court challenge against laws protecting children’s rights that were unanimously passed by Holyrood last month. The SNP leader and first minister of Scotland described the legal action...

Is ex-PM Cameron at centre of ‘the greatest ethical scandal in British political history’?

David Cameron has broken his month silence over his lobbying for “scandal-hit” finance company Greensill Capital, admitting he should have acted through “the most formal channels”. Cameron said “there are...

New advice ‘plays into hands of anti-vaxxers,’ says ex-Tory leader; did PM breach ministerial...

A former leader of the Conservative party has warned that the decision to offer under 30-year-olds an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine “plays into hands of anti-vaxxers”. Sir Ian Duncan...

UK and EU seek ‘win-win’ solution to escalating vaccine row

The UK government and European commission have moved to avert a trade war over vaccines by pledging to “create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all”. A joint...

Scottish govt slams ‘morally repugnant’ UK govt in children’s rights row

The Scottish government has condemned the UK government’s decision to launch a Supreme Court challenge against laws protecting children’s rights that were unanimously passed by Holyrood last month. The SNP leader and first minister of Scotland described the legal action...

Water cannon blasts Belfast rioters as US president calls for calm

Police used water cannon on rioters, and charged them with dogs, in Belfast last night (Thursday) after Joe Biden intervened to call for calm following a week of violence...

‘Criminal cartel’ behind riots; NI policing is ‘politicised and toxic’

The worst violence in almost a decade has flared across Northern Ireland with petrol bombs, car hijackings and vehicle burnouts reported over several nights in Derry, Belfast, Newtonabbey and...

Salmond launches new party in bid for pro-independence ‘supermajority’

Alex Salmond has made a dramatic return to frontline politics with the launch of a new political party to strengthen Scotland’s bid for independence. His new Alba party will stand...