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MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

Image copyright EPA A group of MPs plan to gather outside Parliament for Big Ben’s chimes later, before it falls silent for essential repair work to take place. The bongs will sound at midday and are expected to be disconnected until 2021. Labour MP Stephen Pound said he hoped at least 20 “traditionalists” would gather […]

UK General Election 2017: 1.8 million Scots votes ‘wasted’

UK General Election 2017: 1.8 million Scots votes ‘wasted’

Image copyright PA Up to 1.8 million Scottish votes were “wasted” in June’s general election because they had no impact on the result, a study claims. The Electoral Reform Society found 66.4% of votes did not go towards electing an MP under Westminster’s first-past-the-post (FPTP) system. It said there had been a “sea of wasted […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

Big Ben’s Ayrton Light to be switched off

Big Ben’s Ayrton Light to be switched off

Image copyright Getty Images A lamp at the top of Elizabeth Tower – which is switched on in the evening whenever Parliament is sitting – is to stop shining for the first time in more than 70 years. The Ayrton Light, located above the Great Bell – known as Big Ben – needs to be […]

Jeremy Corbyn Welsh visit ‘on your side’ pledge to voters

Jeremy Corbyn Welsh visit ‘on your side’ pledge to voters

Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was greeted by large crowds in Wales during the general election campaign Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will tell voters in north Wales they need a UK government “on their side” in his summer campaign tour of marginal seats. He will promise investment in jobs and industry at a rally in Bangor, […]

Barcelona attack: Theresa May says UK stands with Spain against ‘evil’

Barcelona attack: Theresa May says UK stands with Spain against ‘evil’

Media captionTheresa May says the UK stands ‘shoulder-to-shoulder with Spain’ Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK “stands shoulder to shoulder with Spain in confronting and dealing with the evil of terrorism”. She said she had “offered any assistance we can provide” to Spain after the attacks in Catalonia. She also confirmed that British […]

Barcelona attack: Theresa May says UK stands with Spain against ‘evil’

Barcelona attack: Theresa May says UK stands with Spain against ‘evil’

Media captionTheresa May says the UK stands ‘shoulder-to-shoulder with Spain’ Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK “stands shoulder to shoulder with Spain in confronting and dealing with the evil of terrorism”. She said she had “offered any assistance we can provide” to Spain after the attacks in Catalonia. She also confirmed that British […]