Climate change: Ministers should be ‘sued’ over targets

Image copyright Getty Images Ministers should tighten the UK’s official climate change target – or face the courts, the government’s former chief scientist has said. Prof Sir David King is supporting a legal case forcing ministers to shrink carbon emissions to zero by 2050. He says the current government goal – an 80% emissions cut […]

Jeremy Corbyn: It’s right to plan for run on pound

Media captionJohn McDonnell: We have to scenario-plan so people know we’re ready Jeremy Corbyn says it is “right to look at all these scenarios” after his shadow chancellor suggested that there could be a run on the pound if Labour went into government. John McDonnell said Labour was doing “war-game-type scenario-planning” for events such as […]

Brexit: Donald Tusk says not enough progress in talks

Image copyright EPA European Council president Donald Tusk has said not enough progress has been made to move to the next phase of Brexit talks in Brussels. He said Theresa May’s “realistic” speech on Friday showed the UK’s “philosophy of having a cake and eating it is finally coming to an end”. But he said […]

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is united around economic plan

Media captionJeremy Corbyn’s interview with Laura Kuenssberg Jeremy Corbyn says the Labour Party has united around his “different” economic strategy. “There’s a pretty good mood around,” he told the BBC in an interview at the party conference in Brighton. “The party actually is pretty united around the basic principles.” He also promised “more details” on […]

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk for talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk at Downing Street Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk later – the first time since the PM set out plans for a two-year transition period post-Brexit. It comes a month before the council will decide whether sufficient progress […]

Labour proposes new tax on bookmakers

Image copyright PA Labour says it would consider forcing bookmakers to pay a levy to help treat problem gamblers. Deputy leader Tom Watson will say the cash would be used for NHS treatment and to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”. Speaking at the party conference in Brighton, he will announce a review of the […]

Brexit: Davis sees ‘no excuse for standing in way of progress’

Image copyright AFP The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has called for a “moment of clarity” from the UK as talks resumed. At the start of a fourth round of talks, Mr Barnier said the process had been going six months and progress on key separation issues was essential. For the UK, David Davis said […]

John McDonnell ‘would bring existing PFI contracts in-house’

Image copyright PA A future Labour government would bring “wasteful” PFI contracts back in the public sector, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He told Labour’s conference the contracts were set to cost the taxpayer £200bn over coming decades and private companies were making “huge profits”. He said Labour, which has previously promised to strike […]

Labour conference: Starmer claims ‘grown-up’ Brexit stance

Image copyright PA The Labour leadership has insisted its approach to Brexit is “grown-up and pragmatic” as it faced opposition from some activists at its conference. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said customs union and single market options should not be “swept off the table” at this stage. He accused the Tories of “joyriding” […]

Labour conference: ‘Extensive’ Brexit debate promised amid row

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been pro-EU protests outside the party conference Labour is not trying to ignore Brexit at its annual conference, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has insisted. He told the BBC the leadership had “no control” over issues chosen by members to be voted on, which include housing, rail, the NHS […]