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Boris Johnson hails ‘friends and allies’ French following talks

Media captionBoris Johnson message to the French (in French) Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he hopes the UK will “be as close as possible to” France after the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking in French at a Paris press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault he said the two would work […]

Supreme Court rules against Named Person scheme

Media captionLord Hodge delivered the Supreme Court ruling Judges at the UK’s highest court have ruled against the Scottish government’s Named Person scheme. Opponents of the scheme appealed to the Supreme Court in London after their case was dismissed by the Court of Session in Edinburgh last year. The system would appoint a named person […]

Hinkley Point set to get final investment approval from France’s EDF

Hinkley Point set to get final investment approval from France’s EDF

Image copyright PA Image caption Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals Investment in the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK in 20 years – at Hinkley Point, Somerset – is set for final approval later on Thursday. The French utility, EDF – the company financing most of the £18bn […]

Owen Smith proposes wealth tax to boost NHS spending

Media captionOwen Smith on wealth tax and ‘minimum hours’ contracts Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith says he would introduce a wealth tax on the richest 1% in society to fund the NHS and tackle inequality in Britain. Mr Smith – who is challenging leader Jeremy Corbyn – said the “equality-busting” move would raise £3bn a […]

Theresa May: UK should be flexible over Brexit trade options

Media captionTheresa May and Matteo Renzi on UK-EU relations after Brexit Theresa May has said she retains an “open mind” about the UK’s trading relationships after Brexit amid reports some cabinet colleagues want the UK to pull out of the EU’s customs union. During talks with Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi, the UK PM suggested she […]

Brexit: Theresa May and Enda Kenny ‘want to keep close links’ between UK and Ireland

Media captionTheresa May and Enda Kenny said they were committed to “safeguarding” the Northern Ireland peace process Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart have said they want to “maintain the closest possible relationship” between the two countries in the wake of a UK exit from the EU. Mrs May held talks with Taoiseach […]

Brexit: Theresa May and Enda Kenny ‘want to keep close links’ between UK and Ireland

Media captionTheresa May and Enda Kenny said they were committed to “safeguarding” the Northern Ireland peace process Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart have said they want to “maintain the closest possible relationship” between the two countries in the wake of a UK exit from the EU. Mrs May held talks with Taoiseach […]

Theresa May and Enda Kenny to hold talks at Downing Street

Theresa May and Enda Kenny to hold talks at Downing Street

Image copyright Getty Images/PA Image caption The taoiseach will be the first foreign leader to visit Downing Street since Mrs May became prime minister Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold talks with Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at Downing Street later. On Monday, Mrs May met the first and deputy first ministers on […]

BHS: Philip Green demands ‘immediate apology’ from Frank Field

BHS: Philip Green demands ‘immediate apology’ from Frank Field

Image copyright Reuters Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has demanded an “immediate apology” from MP Frank Field for comments he made about his running of the collapsed retailer. Speaking to the BBC, the co-chair of an inquiry into BHS compared Sir Philip unfavourably to late media magnate Robert Maxwell, who took millions from the […]

Labour leadership: MP ‘unresigns’ from Corbyn team

Labour leadership: MP ‘unresigns’ from Corbyn team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Champion (right) has not given any reasons for rejoining Mr Corbyn’s shadow ministerial team An MP who quit Labour’s front bench during a revolt against Jeremy Corbyn has been reinstated after asking for her old job back. Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, has retracted her resignation as […]