Socialism

Labour will scrap primary school tests, says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party would axe formal tests for English primary schools, known as Sats. He claimed they left many children in tears or made them vomit with stress and said scrapping the tests would be one of the first acts of...
Brexit

Farage launches Brexit Party to fight Euro elections

The former UKIP leader Nigel Farage called for a ‘democratic revolution’ in British politics as he launched his new Brexit Party. He told an audience in Coventry today that if the UK took part in May's European elections, they would be his new party's first...
Finance

‘We need to get Brexit off the table,’ says Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond said today that Britain needs to focus on issues other than Brexit, with economic growth a top priority. Speaking in Washington, where he is attending IMF and World Bank meetings, Hammond said it was is time to ‘get Brexit off the table.’ He...

Ignore climate change and you will cease to exist, businesses warned

Businesses will cease to exist if they fail to take climate change seriously, the heads of two central banks have warned. The Bank of England governor Mark Carney and François Villeroy de Galhau of France issued the stark warning in an unprecedented open letter. In it, they said climate change was...

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Brexit

Prime Minister seeks Brexit consensus to break deadlock

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will meet MPs over the next few days as she attempts to find a solution to the political impasse over Brexit. She suffered a heavy Commons defeat in Tuesday's vote on her withdrawal deal and survived a vote of no confidence in...

Government sees off motion of no confidence by 19 votes

Theresa May’s government survived an attempt to remove them from power by 19 votes in the Commons tonight. MPs who had lined up to vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit...

Ruling on Brexit vote puts Speaker in Commons firing line

A row erupted in the Commons last night after Speaker John Bercow broke with precedent to allow MPs to vote on a Brexit amendment and inflict another defeat on...

MPs demand action over harassment by protestors

More than 115 MPs have demanded an improved police response to abusive protestors targeting politicians outside Parliament. They called on Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick as concerns grew about the...

COMMENTARY

Article 50 Brexit

UK has the power to cancel Brexit, says EU legal expert

The UK could cancel its departure from the EU at the stroke of a pen, a leading European law expert has said. European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona said it can be done without permission from the other 27 EU states. He had been asked by a group of Scottish politicians to give a non-binding legal opinion...

Home Office faces court over £1k fee levied on children

Campaigners have been given the all clear by a judge to challenge the Home Office in court over fees charged to register a child as a British citizen. The Project...

Leave.EU and Arron Banks’ firm hit with £135,000 fines

Fines of £135,000 have been imposed on Brexit campaign organisation Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by Arron Banks. They were announced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this week...

Police investigate Labour over anti-Semitism claims

A criminal inquiry has been launched into suspected anti-Semitic hate crimes in the Labour Party, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed today. The investigation began after London’s LBC Radio obtained...
Brexit

New independence referendum will happen, says Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that there will be a second independence referendum in Scotland. She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today that another poll was ‘inevitable’ but that she would wait until Brexit was resolved before pressing ahead with her plans. Sturgeon told Marr: "Another Scottish independence referendum is going to happen. Nothing in life is absolutely certain,...

Border backstop the only option for Ireland, says minister

The Irish economy would come under ‘significant stress’ if the UK crashed out of the EU without a deal next March, the country’s foreign minister said yesterday. Simon Coveney also...

Stormont power vacuum halts Northern Ireland reforms

Vital education, health and housing reforms in Northern Ireland are being thwarted by the power vacuum at Stormont, the province’s top civil servant has said. The devolved power sharing Government...

Brexit deal will be devastating for Scotland, says Sturgeon

Scotland will be left worse off if the UK government’s draft Brexit agreement is passed by Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. She said the SNP’s 35 Westminster MPs...