Coronavirus – FTSE 100 records biggest fall in 4 years

The FTSE 100 has recorded its biggest fall in four years as concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus hit global markets, wiping billions off the value of the world’s biggest companies. In London, the UK’s FTSE 100 saw £62 billion lost as the...

‘Greenest ever’ new blue UK passport is made in Poland by...

The Home Office has confirmed the UK’s new blue passport will be issued from next month, replacing the burgundy coloured passport used by European Union countries since 1988. It will also be the “greenest British passport ever”, according to a government spokesperson, who said: “The...

Protestors to march against Julian Assange extradition

Supporters of Julian Assange will march in London tomorrow (Saturday) to protest against his possible extradition to the United States. The Wikileaks founder's is  extradition hearing begins on Monday (February 24) at London’s Woolwich Crown Court. Assange is facing 17 charges of espionage in the US...

Coronavirus – London companies send staff home

Three London based companies have sent staff home to reduce their “risk of exposure” to the coronavirus. Media firm OMD UK joined Crossrail and Chevron in temporarily closing its offices and asking staff to work from home. OMD UK closed its Fitzrovia Office today (Wednesday) when an employee, recently returned from...

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PM threatens ministers and plans to move House of Lords to...

Boris Johnson has warned ministers to focus on their jobs instead of the television cameras to ‘get policy done’ - or get the sack. The PM’s threat comes as the Conservative party chairman James Cleverly confirmed the government has plans to move the House of Lords to York as part of wide-scale reforms to “level-up” post-Brexit Britain. “Trust me, we’re going...

NI power-sharing deal and Brexit Bill cap strong week for PM

Sinn Fein’s decision to back the deal returning power to Stormont has capped a strong week for Boris Johnson who can also celebrate the passing of his Brexit Bill. Just...

Big Ben blow for Brexiteers

Brexiteers have been dealt a big New Year blow after their campaign to get Big Ben to bong  for Brexit on January 31 has been dashed. An amendment to the...

Big Ben will bong for Brexit

The newly elected speaker of the House of Commons has given Brexiteers the Christmas gift they’ve campaigned for by announcing he will allow Big Ben to bong on January...

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Protestors to march against Julian Assange extradition

Supporters of Julian Assange will march in London tomorrow (Saturday) to protest against his possible extradition to the United States. The Wikileaks founder's is  extradition hearing begins on Monday (February 24) at London’s Woolwich Crown Court. Assange is facing 17 charges of espionage in the US that carry prison sentences of 175 years. The march will begin at Australia House (at the...

Online harms white paper – big tech bosses to be held responsible

The government has published its online harms white paper, proposing to hold the heads of companies such as Google and Facebook responsible for the content shared within their platforms....

London terror attack – PM promises ‘fundamental changes’

Boris Johnson has promised “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the latest terror attack on London’s streets by a known and...

‘Lives endangered’ by Cabinet Office’s New Year Honours data breach

Anti-terrorism officers, high profile politicians and famous celebrities have had their home addresses published online along with more than 1,000 recipients of the New Year Honours. The Cabinet Office has...
Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet reshuffle – Northern Ireland’s reaction to Julian Smith’s sacking

What the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle means is beginning to become clear. Apart from merging the staff team at number 10 and number 11 which is in itself a seismic move, the people of Northern Ireland have been less than pleased with the sacking of Julian Smith. After all, he played a pivotal role in getting Stormont back up...

Scotland’s finance secretary quits over texts to teenage boy, hours before budget speech

Scotland’s finance secretary has quit hours before he was due to deliver the government’s budget after it emerged he had been “bombarding” a 16 year old schoolboy with text...

Coronavirus – evacuated Brits to be quarantined; BA suspends all flights to China

British citizens are expected to be evacuated from China’s Wuhan city on flights starting tomorrow and to be put in quarantine for two weeks on their return home. British...

Stormont Assembly proposal – governments urge parties to sign up

Three years to the day since the Stormont Assembly collapsed, the British and Irish governments have published a deal for the restoration of power in Northern Ireland. Late on...