Westminster

Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill “climbdown” with MPs over his contentious internal markets bill is not enough for Europe or senior members of his party. EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said the UK government must “correct” its position before talks on economic and political relations can continue, while the European Commission (EC) said their ultimatum for the PM to remove the...

MPs back Johnson’s Brexit Bill but Tory rebel ranks swell

MPs have backed the prime minister’s highly controversial Internal Market Bill despite a growing rebellion against the government within Tory ranks. The bill that empowers the government to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement saw 340 MPs back Boris...

Govt to override Brexit Withdrawal Agreement – a risk to Northern Ireland’s ‘peace and...

The UK government is preparing to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement that is designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland, putting at risk the “peace and...

Your right to peaceful protest in UK is under threat, says Liberty

Liberty have warned that the right to peaceful protest in the UK is under threat with pre-emptive police measures and “unworkable restrictions” taken against demonstrators. The civil liberties group say...

XR’s 10 days of protest starts with arrests at Parliament Square

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors have converged on Parliament Square to begin 10 days of disruption and civil disobedience as MPs returned to the Commons today. Police made at least 90...

PM’s poll woe compounds Sunak’s tax bombshell shock

The sound of Tory knives sharpening is echoing round Westminster, Whitehall and constituency Conservative Clubs following today’s double-whammy to the party’s fortunes and future. A new poll has revealed the government’s performance has seen a...

Lib Dems’ new leader and ex-Aus PM Abbot lined up for major Brexit trade...

Sir Ed Davey has been elected as the Liberal Democrats new leader while reports persist that former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is being lined up for a major role in UK trade. Abbott –...

Parliamentary authority accused of ‘censorship’ over non-Covid patients’ petition

A patients’ charity has accused parliamentary authorities of censorship following the rejection of a petition highlighting the reduced level of NHS care for non-Covid patients during the pandemic. Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) – a...

Hancock scrapping PHE is ‘desperate attempt at blame-shifting’ for govt’s coronavirus failings

Matt Hancock’s plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) is a "desperate attempt at blame shifting" for the government's coronavirus failings, critics have said. The government has been accused of trying to “scapegoat” the organisation...

Students launch A level legal battle against Ofqual

Students have launched a legal challenge against the exam regulator Ofqual with the watchdog itself being accused of “blindsiding” the government on the exam results-appeals process. Ofqual withdrew its guidance on how schools can appeal...