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‘Thank you’ – Ian Paisley’s words to Martin McGuinness

Media captionIan Paisley pays tribute to McGuinness for his ‘remarkable journey’ The Democratic Unionist Party MP, Ian Paisley, has thanked Sinn Féin’s former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, a former IRA leader. He said his “remarkable journey not only saved lives but made the lives of countless people better”. Mr McGuinness forged a friendship with […]

Corbyn to attack SNP budget plans in Glasgow speech

Corbyn to attack SNP budget plans in Glasgow speech

Image copyright PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to use his first speech in Scotland in 2017 to attack the SNP’s budget. Mr Corbyn will make a speech in Glasgow to accuse the Scottish government of “devolving austerity and passing the buck”. He will also accuse Theresa May of engaging in a “race to the […]

Martin McGuinness: Ex-deputy first minister will not stand in NI election

Media captionMartin McGuinness will not stand in the upcoming election Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, has confirmed he will not stand in the Northern Ireland Assembly election. He quit as deputy first minister in a row over a botched green energy scheme, sparking an election on 2 March. He had been in the […]

May’s ‘positive discussion’ with banks

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May: “I’ve had a very good, positive discussion with banks” Prime Minister Theresa May has had “positive discussion” with big banks about how they might be encouraged to keep jobs in the City of London. They talked about what had attracted them to London and “how we can continue to build […]

Brexit: Back Article 50, Corbyn to tell Labour MPs

Brexit: Back Article 50, Corbyn to tell Labour MPs

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn says he will ask his MPs to vote for the Article 50 Brexit process to begin, if the government is forced to seek Parliament’s approval. He said it was “very clear” his party accepted the referendum result. Some shadow cabinet members are reportedly considering voting against triggering the UK’s EU […]

Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division

Media captionTheresa May: Some companies play by a different set of rules Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade. But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”. Her speech to business […]

Brexit: Welsh views ‘must make a difference’

Media captionMark Drakeford says Welsh views will continue to be “fully and significantly expressed” Ministers in Wales need to be given confidence their views on Brexit are making a difference, the finance secretary has said. Mark Drakeford said the devolved administrations had “anxieties” about the joint ministerial committee (JMC) set up by the UK government. […]

Devolved administrations hold ‘difficult’ Brexit talks

Devolved administrations hold ‘difficult’ Brexit talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Russell called the UK government’s approach “concerning” Scotland’s Brexit minister has said there is “great frustration building up” over the UK’s handling of Brexit. Speaking after a gathering of ministers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, Mike Russell said it had been a “difficult” morning. He said Prime Minister […]

Conservative-led Surrey County Council plans 15% council tax hike

Conservative-led Surrey County Council plans 15% council tax hike

Image copyright Google Image caption The government said Surrey voters would have the final say about the proposed tax rise at the referendum A Conservative-run council wants to raise its tax by 15% in the next financial year, blaming government cuts and increased demand for social care. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said the […]

Brexit: SF accuse government of treating council as ‘talking shop’

Brexit: SF accuse government of treating council as ‘talking shop’

Image copyright EPA Image caption David Davis has said the relationship between the UK and Ireland is good Sinn Féin is threatening to pull out of the Joint Ministerial Council over concerns about negotiations for the UK to leave the EU. The party’s Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, and his colleague, John O’Dowd, are in London […]