May tells MPs: I got us into this mess and I will get us out

Image copyright PA Theresa May has apologised to Tory MPs for the party’s election performance, telling them “I got us into this mess I’ll get us out of it.” Addressing a meeting of backbenchers, the PM reportedly said she would serve as “long as you want me to do”. One senior backbencher told the BBC […]

Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell: Austerity and Brexit cost us

Media captionGavin Barwell on the reasons for his defeat Anger over Brexit and austerity caused the Tories to lose seats, Theresa May’s new chief of staff has told the BBC. Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat but has since taken a key role in Downing Street, said Labour had “tapped into” concerns about […]

Queen’s Speech faces delay as DUP talks continue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Queen’s Speech will not be taking place, as planned, on 19 June Ministers say they do not know if the Queen’s Speech can be delivered on time because of post-election talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party. The set-piece event is scheduled to take place on Monday […]

Theresa May staying in No 10: What you need to know

It’s proving to be a busy time in UK politics. Here’s a guide. What has happened? Media captionElection 2017: Highlights of TV election night coverage UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election, thinking she could increase her power ahead of Brexit talks. But it turned out she didn’t do as well as hoped […]

Nicola Sturgeon says hard Brexit ‘dead in the water’

Media captionNicola Sturgeon calls on Theresa May to include all parties in Brexit process Nicola Sturgeon has claimed any plans for a so-called hard Brexit are “dead in the water” following the election result. Scotland’s first minister was speaking as she called for a “short pause” in the Brexit process so consensus can be built […]

Queen’s Speech delayed as DUP talks continue

Media captionMrs May will be meeting the committee a day after announcing her cabinet. The Queen’s Speech – in which the government sets out its legislative programme – has been delayed for a few days, the BBC understands. The set-piece event had been due to take place on Monday 19 June. The Conservatives are negotiating […]

Nicola Sturgeon calls for Brexit process ‘pause’

Image caption Nicola Sturgeon met her party’s 35 MPs at Westminster on Monday afternoon Nicola Sturgeon has called for a “short pause” in the Brexit process to allow a UK-wide position to be worked out. Scotland’s first minister wants the country’s devolved governments and major political parties to be involved in the process. Formal talks […]

Stormont collapse: Power-sharing talks to reconvene

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption The five main Northern Ireland parties have said they will resume talks on Monday Talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland are set to resume amid uncertainty about an anticipated DUP-Conservative parliamentary deal. Talks aimed at restoring the executive were previously put on hold due to the UK general election. […]

General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics

Media captionMrs May will be meeting the committee a day after announcing her cabinet. Theresa May will face tough questions later from her backbenchers after the Conservatives lost their majority at last week’s election. The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with […]

Donald Trump: UK and US governments deny state visit delay

Image copyright Reuters The White House and Downing Street have denied US President Donald Trump wants to delay his state visit to the UK. It comes after the Guardian reported Mr Trump called Prime Minister Theresa May to say he did not want to visit until he had support from the British public. US administration […]