Brexit: May says positive vibe but EU warns of ‘huge challenge’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May met German’s Angela Merkel and other EU leaders Issues still need to be resolved but progress is being made in Brexit negotiations, Theresa May has insisted. The prime minister said there had been a “very positive atmosphere” in talks with several EU leaders in Brussels. The UK, she […]

Bad Sex in Fiction: Sir Vince Cable ‘too good’ to be considered for award

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Vince’s debut novel was published in September Sir Vince Cable won’t be considered for 2017’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award – because his writing isn’t bad enough. The Literary Review, which organises the prize, said his thriller Open Arms had received “many” nominations but wasn’t ultimately shortlisted. That means […]

Peer threatens to resign whip after disability post scrapped

Image copyright HoL A Tory peer has threatened to resign the whip over a decision to scrap the post of disability commissioner on the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Lord Shinkwin said he applied for the position but found out in May he would be a general commissioner – rather than having a specific disability […]

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

Image caption Sam and Rachael Kamau revamped a once-dilapidated four-bedroom terrace they bought for £1 under a scheme to bring empty homes into use London’s commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010. Fourteen of 20 local authorities that saw […]

Gove attacks ‘distorting’ social media after animal sentience row

Media captionMichael Gove says the government has made a commitment to animal welfare Michael Gove has hit out at the way social media “corrupts and distorts” political reporting and decision making following a row about animal welfare. The environment secretary said attacks on MPs over a vote on an EU protocol about “animal sentience” had […]

Brexit: Both sides need to ‘step forward’ says May

Image copyright EPA Theresa May has insisted it is for both sides, not just the UK, to move the Brexit process forward so discussions on future trade relations can begin. She will meet the EU’s Donald Tusk, who has told the UK it has until the start of December to offer further guarantees on money […]

Theresa May to warn of ‘hostile’ Russia threat to EU security

Image copyright Reuters PM Theresa May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. In Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to “protect our shared values and ideals”. She […]

Question Time cut short as woman falls ill

The BBC’s Question Time was cut short on Thursday when an audience member was taken ill during the recording. The BBC One show, from Colchester town hall, in Essex, was suspended while the woman was given first aid. Host David Dimbleby said later they had to end the recording as the woman “could not be […]

Budget 2017: Philip Hammond hopes to prove grim forecasts wrong

Media captionPhilip Hammond explains how the UK can get its economic forecast upgraded Philip Hammond says he hopes to prove the bleak economic forecasts released in his Budget wrong. The chancellor said clarity around Brexit would increase consumer confidence and lead to higher growth in the economy. But a new report has warned of the […]

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