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Call for Alfie Dingley to be allowed medicinal cannabis

51 min 58 sec ago
A mother shows the bruises from her "aggressive and angry" six-year-old son in the campaign for a special licence to use medicinal cannabis to treat his epilepsy.

Few dads take time off work to look after children

56 min 1 sec ago
An Equalities Select Committee report finds only 2% to 8% of fathers take up parental leave rights.

Cambridge Analytica: Committee calls for Mark Zuckerberg evidence

1 hour 3 min ago
Facebook CEO urged to appear before MPs over claims about the use of data by Cambridge Analytica.

Ministers propose reducing number of councils from 22 to ten

2 hours 27 min ago
Local Government Secretary Alun Davies says the sector cannot carry on as it is.

Inflation eases to 2.7% on falling petrol prices

5 hours 37 min ago
Consumer price inflation falls from 3% as fuel prices fall and food costs rise more slowly.

Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs

9 hours 3 min ago
Many fathers want to share childcare but fear asking for flexible work, says report.

Brexit: EU implementation agreement 'betrays' UK fishermen

10 hours 12 min ago
A Scottish Conservative MP made the comment after Brexit negotiators hailed a "decisive step".

Spy poisoning: Corbyn says 'all fingers' point to Russia

14 hours 56 min ago
Labour leader says UK must still deal with Russia despite "all fingers" pointing to it over spy attack.

Online voting trial in Scotland backed by leading academics

15 hours 45 min ago
Academics and charity bosses urge Scottish ministers to undertake trials to ensure "modern democracy".

Commons bullying: Outside figure to head inquiry

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:49
An outside figure will lead the probe into the conduct of MPs following recent BBC revelations.

UKIP ordered to pay Labour MPs £175,000 in damages

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:33
Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion won a defamation case over comments made by Jane Collins MEP.

Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:00
The firm is accused of misusing the personal data of 50 million Facebook members, which it denies.

BBC rejects complaints over Jeremy Corbyn's 'Russian' hat

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:27
The BBC says Newsnight didn't alter the Labour leader's hat to make him look "more Russian".

Facebook under fire in escalating data row

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:26
Politicians are heaping criticism on Facebook over the way data on 50 million users was grabbed

NUT teaching union spent more than UKIP at 2017 election

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:11
The Tories were the biggest spenders - but the teaching union spent £326,306 ahead of the 2017 vote.

UK to lift work restrictions for Croatians

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:49
The UK decides not to extend its restrictions on Croatians being able to work.

Lord Crickhowell, former Welsh Secretary, dies at the age of 84

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:40
Welsh Secretary under Margaret Thatcher for eight years, he spearheaded Cardiff Bay's redevelopment.

Labour's sign language video 'a turn-off'

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:44
Labour’s sign language video proves to be a disappointment for many deaf viewers.

Chantelle Millward on Orkambi drug for cystic fibrosis patients

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:17
MPs are debating a petition calling for all people with cystic fibrosis to be given the life-changing, but very expensive, drug.

Senior Labour officials quit ahead of new general secretary

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:14
The resignations come ahead of the expected appointment of Jennie Formby as new general secretary.

Shock collar: Letts threat to take dead dog to Gove

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:04
A proposed ban on shock collars in England is a "rotten, illiberal and life-ruining and life-decreasing law" says Quentin Letts.

No Brexit agreement on Irish border

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:19
The EU and UK have not reached agreement on the Irish border despite progress on other issues.

Irish ambassador to the UK has said the response to Salisbury-style attacks could change

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:06
Brexit could change the way the EU responds to a Salisbury-style attack in the UK, says Ireland's ambassador to the UK.

Davis and Barnier hope to agree Brexit transition terms

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:00
David Davis is holding talks in Brussels to finalise a deal on the Brexit transition period.

'Gorgeous redhead' Baroness Janet Fookes on 1970 interview

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:42
A toe-curling clip of an interview with now Baroness Janet Fookes has been watched by almost a million people.

Fixed-odds maximum bet 'should be cut to £30'

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:37
The Gambling Commission says a cut to the maximum stake would reduce risks to vulnerable consumers.

Russian spy: International team to test Salisbury poison

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:34
International team has been asked by the UK to verify the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

Northamptonshire council: Others also "right down to the bone"

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:51
Warning that Northamptonshire is not the only local authority facing a financial crisis.

Fixed-odds maximum bet should be cut, say MPs

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:20
MPs say there is an 'overwhelming case' to reduce the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals.

Facebook and Trump data firm accused of 'misleading' MPs

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:07
A committee asks more questions over the alleged access of millions of Facebook profiles without consent.

Brexit: Commons committee split over transition call

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 17:30
A Brexit committee report says it's "difficult to see "how trade deals can be negotiated in time.

Spy poisoning: Russia stockpiling nerve agent, says Johnson

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 14:58
The UK foreign secretary also dismisses claims the substance may have come from a UK laboratory.

Racism and Islamophobic 'getting worse in Scotland'

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 14:38
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and Labour MSP Anas Sarwar speak out about the abuse they and others are facing.

Labour decision on all-female shortlist for trans women 'delayed'

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 14:02
The Labour Party were expected to rubber stamp their support for transgender women to be included on all women shortlists.

Boris Johnson played tennis with wife of Putin's ex-minister

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:39
Boris Johnson played tennis with the wife of an ex-Russian minister in return for a donation to Conservatives.

Johnson: £160k tennis match did take place

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:26
Foreign Secretary confirms game with ex-Russian minister's wife happened but warns against "miasma of suspicion".

Spy poisoning: Putin responsible for attack, says John McDonnell

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:55
The shadow chancellor confirms Labour's position on spy poisoning, following criticism of Jeremy Corbyn.

Osborne and Blair: 'Gap in centre politics'

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:18
Former opponents warn of 'enormous gap' in centre ground of politics in the UK.

Russia spy row: UK lab could be poison source, says ambassador

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 09:54
Comments by Russia's ambassador to the EU are dismissed as "nonsense" by the Foreign Office.

Leonard pledges to drive racism out of Scottish Labour

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 18:27
The Scottish Labour leader made the comments a day after a Labour councillor was suspended over Islamophobic comments.

Russia spy poisoning: Britain won't tolerate threat, says May

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 14:02
Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia is in "flagrant breach" of the law after the UK spy poisoning.

UK to Russia: 'We will always defend ourselves'

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:39
Russia's counter-sanctions were handed to Britain's ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow.

Scottish Greens 'leading change' in Scotland

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:34
Co-convener Maggie Chapman uses her conference speech to highlight the party's achievements.

What we know so far

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:04
Russia is behind the attempted murder of an ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury, the PM believes.

Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:46
It also closes the British Council in Russia - amid tensions over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy.

Eight out of 10 academies in deficit, say accountants

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 03:28
Figures from 450 academies suggest looming insolvency, says a report.

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales deselected after 23 years

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:03
Rokhsana Fiaz will replace Sir Robin Wales as the Labour candidate for elected mayor of Newham.

Brexit: David Davis heads to Brussels for talks

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:53
Brexit Secretary to begin talks with Michel Barnier on Monday as EU leaders prepare for summit.

Call to raid HS2 budget to fix potholes in roads

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:38
Labour MP speaks out after figures show big rise in cyclist deaths and serious injuries.

Selection and cap numbers for faith schools in England

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:40
Senior religious and humanist figures publish an open letter encouraging the government not to drop the cap promised in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

Rise of Martin Selmayr, Juncker's ex-chief of staff

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:37
Jean-Claude Juncker's former chief of staff has been promoted to head of the EU's civil service.

Ex-Kremlin adviser Alexander Nekrassov on UK-Russian relations

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:34
Rogue agents and terrorists could have got hold the nerve agent that poisoned a former Russian spy in Salisbury, says a former Kremlin adviser.

Northamptonshire Council: MPs back unitary authority call

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:40
Northamptonshire's seven MPs say the county council must be abolished following a government report.

Norfolk council leader could be ousted over MP tirade

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:26
Cliff Jordan says he has a "30% chance" of keeping his role after criticising MPs in Norfolk.

MPs urged to back bill to reunite child refugees with relatives

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:17
Reuniting children with their families is the "right thing to do", the SNP's Angus MacNeil says.

Brexit: Lorry checks at Dover 'unrealistic' says Grayling

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:46
Talk of long queues is unfounded, transport secretary says, as goods will continue to flow seamlessly.

Spy poisoning: Russia 'underestimates UK allies' - Nato

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:20
The alliance's head says the UK is "not alone", as police say 131 people may have been exposed to the nerve agent.

Britain First leader Paul Golding attacked at HMP Elmley

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:16
Paul Golding - along with the group's deputy leader - was jailed for religiously aggravated harassment.

Councillor suspended over Islamaphobic slur about Humza Yousaf

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:36
Labour's Jim Dempster admitted making the Islamophobic comment about Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf.

Brexit: Little progress on border issue say MPs

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:18
Committee of MPs says time is running out to ensure "soft border" in Ireland before Brexit.

Russian spy: Corbyn warns against 'hasty judgements'

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:35
It comes after some of his own MPs joined criticism that his response to the Salisbury attack has not been firm enough.

Telford abuse: MP 'inundated' with child grooming reports

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:03
More victims of child grooming in Telford are coming forward since reports of its scale emerged.

Sir Keir Starmer: 'All of us' should condemn Russia

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:40
Shadow minister Sir Keir Starmer has backed the Prime Minister in calling out Russia's involvement in the Salisbury attack.

Number of secondary schools in deficit has 'trebled'

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 02:27
There has been a "trebling" of the number of secondaries in England which have gone into deficit.

Chris Grayling: No post-Brexit lorry checks at Dover

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 23:49
The transport secretary says the UK will not "in any circumstances" create a "hard border" at Dover after Brexit.

Davis the diplomat

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:41
Brexit secretary winds up visits to more than half EU capitals which he hopes will east talks on post-Brexit trade.

Russian spy: Theresa May in Salisbury fist bump

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:55
The PM greets a member of the public on a visit to Salisbury where a Russian ex-spy was poisoned.

UKIP peer criticised over Tommy Robinson meeting

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 17:25
UKIP's former leader faces criticism for inviting the former English Defence League leader to Parliament.

Archive images of British-Russian diplomatic relations

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:29
Relations between the UK and Russia have been going from bad to worse in recent years.

ESA repayments: Terminally ill people are 'priority'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:11
The government is "scaling up" the team identifying ESA underpayments, from 50 to 400 people.

Jeremy Corbyn: Evidence points towards Russia

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:18
Jeremy Corbyn says the "evidence points towards Russia" but does not go as far as his shadow defence secretary who said Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack.

Corbyn unfairly maligned on spy attack, says Carwyn Jones

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:24
Carwyn Jones says the Labour leader "very strongly" condemned the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy.

Theresa May visits Salisbury after spy attack

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:38
The PM is being briefed by health experts as Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain critically ill.

'Telling boys they throw like a girl puts girls off sport'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:16
Charity Women in Sport says such phrases tell girls from an early age that sport is not for them.

Northamptonshire County Council: Troubled authority 'should be scrapped'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:58
A report says "living within budget constraints is not part of the culture" of Northamptonshire County Council.

Grenfell Tower doors 'resisted fire for half the time expected'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:42
Experts say the door was supposed to resist fire for 30 minutes, but only lasted 15 minutes.

Russian spy: Moscow 'will expel British diplomats soon'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:12
The Kremlin attacks Britain's "absolutely irresponsible" position over the case of a poisoned ex-spy.

Nia Griffith distances herself from Corbyn aide's Russia comments

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:42
Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith says Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman "has to speak for himself".

Alex Salmond: Russian channel RT 'not propaganda'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:41
Scotland's former first minister defends his weekly show on RT and warns against shutting down the station.

The foreign secretary says British people shouldn't be nervous of Russia

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:25
The foreign secretary says British people shouldn't be nervous of Russia.

Marmite maker Unilever goes Dutch for HQ

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:58
The firm behind Marmite, Pot Noodle and Dove soap chooses Rotterdam over London for its headquarters.

Irish PM Varadkar set to meet US President Trump later

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:48
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar will meet with US President Donald Trump later.

UK to build new £48m chemical weapons defence centre

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:38
It will be located at Porton Down, whose scientists traced the nerve agent used in Russian spy attack.

Russian spy: White House backs UK decision to expel diplomats

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:18
The White House says the UK's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats is a "just response" to an "abhorrent attack".

Holyrood to repeal football bigotry law

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 01:59
MSPs are expected to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in a vote on Thursday afternoon.

MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 01:10
Petrol and diesel cars must be phased out earlier than the 2040 target, four Commons committees say.

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 01:06
Some MPs and lawyers want to ban trial shifts where people are not paid for their work.

Brexit: David Davis 'can live' with shorter EU transition

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 23:59
The Brexit secretary says his main priority is to secure an agreement on the transition period.

Russian spy: Why the UK is expelling diplomats

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:25
The government's expulsion of 23 embassy officials in response to the Skripal case is explained.

Brexit paperwork

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:10
Officials have been locked in epically-long meetings, revising the first draft of the withdrawal treaty.

Russian spy: Attack 'most heinous act on European soil' since 1945

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:39
Foreign Office minister backs decision to expel Russian diplomats over attack on double agent.

Downing Street drops penny-pinching plan

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:29
Talk of scrapping 1p and 2p coins has been dismissed by the prime minister's spokesman.

Russian spy: Jeremy Corbyn aide queries proof of Russian guilt

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 17:33
The Labour leader's spokesman says there are a "series of possibilities" as to who was behind spy attack.

PMQs: Allan and May on child sex abuse in Shropshire

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:42
Telford's MP raises the "distressing cases" of child sex exploitation, where an independent inquiry has been ordered.

PMQs: Corbyn asks May about Hawking on health funding

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:42
Jeremy Corbyn quotes the late Prof Hawkins when he asks about finances and staff numbers in the NHS.

Prime Minister's Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:42
Theresa May clashed with Jeremy Corbyn over the NHS - here are the key bits.

Jeremy Corbyn statement on UK-Russian political relations

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:36
The UK's response to Russia must be guided by the rule of law, support for international agreements and respect for human rights, says Jeremy Corbyn.

Theresa May statement on UK-Russian political relations

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:34
Theresa May says the UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats after it received no reply from Moscow on how a Russian-made nerve agent was used to poison a former spy.

Hawking on politics

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:20
Prof Stephen Hawking spoke out on everything from Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn.

UK calls for UN meeting over spy attack

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:46
UK calls for urgent meeting of UN Security Council over poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Salisbury.