MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Rohingya have been forced to live in camps MPs have raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar. The Commons International Development Committee said it was “clear” that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of war used by the Burmese military. […]

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Image caption Jon Lansman has been a key figure on the left of the party for four decades Jeremy Corbyn has extended his influence over Labour’s governing body following elections to the National Executive Committee. Jon Lansman, the founder of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group which wants more grassroots say over policy, was among three new […]

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Image copyright Scottish government Scotland’s economy would be £12.7bn a year worse off under a so-called hard Brexit, according to analysis by the Scottish government. The figure is contained in a paper on the impact of UK withdrawal from the European Union. It calculates the cost to Scotland of the UK leaving the single market […]

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

Media captionLeader of UKIP tells Today Jo Marney views not in line with her ‘core beliefs’ UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he has ended his relationship with his girlfriend after she reportedly made racist comments about Meghan Markle. He said their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his leader role but he had no intention […]

Labour steps up harassment investigation into MPs Lewis and Hopkins

Labour steps up harassment investigation into MPs Lewis and Hopkins

Image copyright UK Parliament Labour has stepped up its investigations into two MPs accused of sexual harassment. The cases of Ivan Lewis and Kelvin Hopkins have both been referred to an internal disciplinary committee. Mr Lewis said he would “co-operate fully,” while Mr Hopkins said he was happy to go to the committee to “clear […]

Nigel Farage ‘has £35k pay docked by EU over misspending claim’

Nigel Farage ‘has £35k pay docked by EU over misspending claim’

Image copyright Reuters Nigel Farage has had his MEP’s salary docked by £35,500 after claims he misspent EU funds, the BBC understands. The ex-UKIP leader was investigated by the European Parliament over claims his office assistant had not been working on EU matters. Half of his salary has been withheld to recoup the money the […]

Corbyn reappoints Clive Lewis to Labour front bench

Corbyn reappoints Clive Lewis to Labour front bench

Image copyright PA Labour MP Clive Lewis has been reappointed to the party’s front bench as a shadow Treasury minister. Mr Lewis resigned as shadow business secretary in February over wanting to vote against the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. He was one of 52 MPs to defy Labour Party orders to back the […]

Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Image copyright Getty Images Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to more than $1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the EU as possible. Both […]

Nigel Farage misspoke on second referendum, suggests UKIP leader

Nigel Farage misspoke on second referendum, suggests UKIP leader

Media captionHenry Bolton: “We do not want a second referendum.” UKIP leader Henry Bolton has suggested his predecessor Nigel Farage misspoke when he said he was close to backing a second EU referendum. “If he actually believes that, I would say he was wrong,” Mr Bolton told the BBC’s Daily Politics. But he said Mr […]

Davidson ‘frustrated’ by Brexit bill delay

Davidson ‘frustrated’ by Brexit bill delay

Media captionDavidson ‘frustrated’ over Brexit bill delay Ruth Davidson has expressed her frustration at the delay in the UK government bringing forward amendments to its EU withdrawal bill. The Scottish Conservative leader said she would be discussing the issue with the prime minister on Monday. But she said amending the contentious Clause 11 of the […]