Brendan Cox: Jo Cox’s widower to record alternative Christmas message

Brendan Cox: Jo Cox’s widower to record alternative Christmas message

Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption Brendan Cox’s message will be broadcast on Christmas Day on Channel 4 The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox will deliver this year’s alternative Christmas message on Channel 4. Brendan Cox will call for an end to the “rise of hatred” in the broadcast on 25 December. He will […]

Don’t be cowed by terrorists, urges Theresa May

Don’t be cowed by terrorists, urges Theresa May

Image copyright PA The prime minister has said people should go about their business as usual and not be “cowed by terrorists” after the Christmas market attack in Germany. Theresa May told the London Evening Standard it was important to “send a clear message that people should “carry on with our lives as usual”. She […]

Call to halve prison population to 45,000 in England and Wales

Call to halve prison population to 45,000 in England and Wales

Image copyright PA The prison population of England and Wales should be cut to 45,000, a former deputy prime minister and two former home secretaries have urged. In a letter to the Times, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith said jails had become unacceptably dangerous. They said inmate numbers had risen to more than […]

Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

Media captionOpenreach infrastructure chief tells Today they are “determined” to deliver broadband across UK The government has said £440m has been found so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to superfast broadband. The cash comes from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme. Culture Secretary […]

Phone-hacking inquiry: Ex-Crimewatch presenter makes legal challenge

Phone-hacking inquiry: Ex-Crimewatch presenter makes legal challenge

Image caption Jacqui Hames joined BBC Crimewatch after 30 years with the Met Police An ex-Crimewatch presenter and phone-hacking victim is launching a legal challenge to test the government’s commitment to press regulation. Jacqui Hames wants judicial review of the decision by the culture secretary to consult on whether to go ahead with part two […]

Labour MP Jamie Reed quitting Parliament

Labour MP Jamie Reed quitting Parliament

Image copyright PA Labour MP Jamie Reed is quitting Parliament to take a job in the nuclear industry. The ex-shadow health minister said it was an “honour” to represent Copeland since 2005, adding: “Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life.” He will stand down at the end of January, triggering a by-election in […]

EU data retention ruling goes against UK government

EU data retention ruling goes against UK government

Image copyright PA The UK government says it is “disappointed” after the European Court of Justice said the “indiscriminate” collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the UK government’s surveillance […]

Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 days

Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 days

Image copyright PA Former UKIP leader Diane James has said she resigned after just 18 days in the job because of an inability to break up the party’s “old guard”. In her first broadcast interview since resigning, she told BBC 5 live Daily she felt she could not “continue to bang [her] head against a […]

Falklands War: UK and Argentina sign deal to identify dead

Falklands War: UK and Argentina sign deal to identify dead

Image copyright PA Image caption A total of 237 Argentine soldiers are buried in the cemetery The UK and Argentina have signed a deal to identify 123 Argentine soldiers buried on the Falkland Islands. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been negotiating an agreement on taking DNA samples from the remains of men […]

CBI calls for barrier-free trade with EU after Brexit

CBI calls for barrier-free trade with EU after Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images UK firms need to continue to have “barrier-free” access to European Union markets after Brexit, the CBI business lobby group has warned. It said UK companies should not be subjected to trade tariffs, with only “minimal” other barriers in place. In a report, it also called for a migration system that […]