Prisons boss received ‘scandalous’ £20,000 bonus

Image caption Michael Spurr was given the payment in 2016-17 The man in charge of prisons and probation in England and Wales received a bonus of up to £20,000, it has emerged. Michael Spurr was given the payment in 2016-17 on top of his annual salary of around £150,000. The bonus was “awarded” the previous […]

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019 The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would […]

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove says leaving the EU will allow Britiain to reform how it cares for the environment Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech. Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to […]

Vince Cable: I can offer the same formula as Macron

Image caption Sir Vince worked with the French president when he was a minister in Francois Hollande’s government The Liberal Democrats can offer “exactly the formula” of centrist French President Emmanuel Macron, Sir Vince Cable has said. The new Lib Dem leader told the BBC that he wanted to occupy the “vast middle ground in […]

Migration data figures ‘need overhaul’

Image copyright Getty Images UK methods of measuring immigration are “wholly inadequate” and must be improved if ministers are to take control of the issue, say peers. “Flawed” sample surveys used to calculate net migration mean ministers risk formulating policy “in the dark”, the House of Lords report concludes. The government has pledged to reduce […]

Severn tolls abolished by end of 2018, says Alun Cairns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charges on the two Severn bridges apply only to westbound traffic Tolls on the Severn bridges between Wales and England will be scrapped by the end of next year, the UK government has announced. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said the decision would be a major boost to the local […]

Vince Cable is new Lib Dem leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vince Cable, with new deputy leader Jo Swinson, left. Sir Vince Cable is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, after no-one stood against him. The 74-year old Twickenham MP was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed at 16:00 BST. The former business secretary said there […]

Theresa May to take walking holiday in Alps

Image copyright PA Image caption The prime minister and her husband are keen hikers Prime Minister Theresa May is to take a three-week walking holiday in the Alps with husband Philip, Number 10 says. Mrs May is to spend five days in northern Italy next week, before attending the commemoration of the centenary of the […]

Brexit transition period could take two years, says Fox

Media captionInternational Trade Secretary Liam Fox says an EU trade deal “should be one of the easiest in human history” It could take a further two years for Britain to fully leave the EU and start negotiating new trade deals with other countries, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary told the BBC there […]

Margaret Thatcher suggested threatening Saddam with chemical weapons

Image copyright Getty Images Margaret Thatcher suggested threatening Iraq with chemical weapons after the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, declassified documents show. The formerly top secret correspondence was between the then UK prime minister and US defence secretary Dick Cheney. Mrs Thatcher told Mr Cheney the US should consider retaliating “in like manner” if Iraq used […]

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