The celebrities ‘banned’ from the prime minister’s party

Files just released show how in 1988 Denis Thatcher personally vetted the guest list for a showbiz reception at Number 10, providing an insight into the thoughts of one of the most taciturn of prime ministerial consorts. On 7 June 1987, just days before the general election, the Conservatives held a rally in Wembley. On […]

Michel Barnier questions Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper

Image copyright AFP Michel Barnier has said Theresa May’s plan for a future trade relationship with the EU could weaken the single market and create burdens for business. The EU Brexit negotiator said the White Paper opened “the way to a constructive discussion” but must be “workable”. He questioned whether UK plans for a common […]

Pairing row: Julian Smith refuses to answer questions

Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith refused to answer questions about a pairing row, when questioned by a BBC reporter in his Ripon and Skipton constituency. Mr Smith is under fire after telling a Tory MP to take part in a key Brexit vote, despite an agreement not to. Prime Minister Theresa May has called what […]

Labour accuses PM of ‘blatantly untrue excuses’ in chief whip pairing row

Image copyright AFP Image caption Julian Smith has said Mr Lewis was asked to vote “in error” Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has accused Theresa May of making “blatantly untrue excuses” for the behaviour of her chief whip. Mr Watson said the PM’s defence of Julian Smith was “unbelievable” and public trust in politics was […]

Theresa May to say Brexit plan will deliver for NI

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Theresa May is on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland The UK’s new Brexit plan agreed at Chequers will deliver for Northern Ireland, the prime minister is expected to say in a speech on Friday. Theresa May will give the address at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday morning. It forms […]

MPs criticise head of public prosecution’s rape case failures

Image copyright Getty Creative MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over failings in the disclosure of evidence in rape and serious sexual assault cases. A number of rape trials collapsed last year after it emerged vital evidence had not been given to defence lawyers. A new report from the Justice Select Committee said […]

Brexit: Tell EU the Chequers plan is final offer, says Leadsom

Image copyright Reuters Brussels must be told that the prime minister’s blueprint for future UK-EU relations is “the final offer”, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has said. Mrs Leadsom told The House magazine the Chequers plan must be taken seriously or the EU risked a “no deal” Brexit. Boris Johnson and David Davis quit the cabinet […]

Why Conservatives are fighting each other

The government is heading towards the summer break, wracked by infighting among Tory MPs. Source link

No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes – Home Office

Image copyright PA Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed in England and Wales, Home Office figures suggest. In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences – the lowest detection rate since 2015. Data also shows police closed nearly half […]

Brexit: Watchdog warns of need to issue driving permits

Image copyright Getty Images Plans are being drawn up to issue millions of permits so Britons can drive on EU roads after Brexit. Up to seven million International Driving Permits could be needed inside a year if the UK and the EU do not agree to mutually recognise licences, the National Audit Office (NAO) says. […]

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