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. […]

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab set for talks with EU

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Dominic Raab will be fronting the UK’s negotiations with the EU The UK’s new Brexit secretary will hold his first talks with the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels later. Dominic Raab was appointed when David Davis resigned in protest at Theresa May’s plans for post-Brexit trade. It now falls to […]

Lord Patten: 'I've never seen so much animosity in Conservatives'

Former Conservative chairman Lord Patten on the party’s toxic atmosphere – and Boris Johnson. Source link

Margaret Hodge faces ‘action’ over Corbyn anti-Semitism row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dame Margaret Hodge has been a fierce critic of Labour’s new anti-Semitism guidelines Labour MP Margaret Hodge faces “action” by the party after reportedly swearing at Jeremy Corbyn and calling him an “anti-Semite”. A spokesman for the Labour leader said what had happened was “clearly unacceptable between colleagues”. The […]

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material ‘not enough’

Image copyright PA Image caption The cladding used on Grenfell Tower in west London meant the fire spread quickly The government’s proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough, the Commons housing committee have said. The MPs’ report says any ban should include existing buildings and those under […]

DUP MP Paisley faces suspension over Sri Lankan holidays

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Ian Paisley succeeded his late father as MP for North Antrim in 2010 The DUP’s Ian Paisley is in danger of being forced to stand down as an MP and face a by-election after being found to have breached parliamentary rules. The MP faces a 30-day suspension after he failed […]

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement

An MP who is on maternity leave has accused the government of a breach of trust over a key House of Commons vote on Brexit. Lib Dem Jo Swinson was “paired” with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis so she could be at home with her baby son during the Trade Bill vote. This should mean neither […]

Theresa May prepares for a grilling from MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will address Conservative MPs later following a week which has shown up her party’s Brexit divisions. The meeting will be the prime minister’s last chance to rally backbenchers before the summer recess. It will cap off a day which includes Prime Minister’s Questions and an appearance by Mrs May […]

Could a prime minister ever have a Brummie accent?

Image copyright PA Image caption Jess Phillips wants the way the Commons sounds to change Accents show a lot about a person’s life and background. But do they make a difference to getting on in politics? “I think that in this chamber a Brummie accent is a very rare thing. And I look forward to […]

Brexit vote: Government defeats EU customs union bid

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption The government won the vote by 307 to 301 The government has survived an attempt by pro-EU Conservative MPs to change its post-Brexit trade strategy. The MPs wanted the UK to join a customs union if it does not agree a free-trade deal with the EU. But the […]

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