Jeremy Corbyn: UK must embrace technological change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The PwC report suggested gains in productivity from robots and Artificial Intelligence would boost the economy The state has a vital role to play in helping the UK maximise the benefits of automation and other technological changes, Jeremy Corbyn is to say. The Labour leader will say he is […]

G20 summit: Theresa May to challenge Trump over climate change

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May was the first leader to visit Donald Trump at the White House Prime Minister Theresa May will challenge US President Donald Trump over climate change when they meet at the G20 summit in Germany. She will say an international agreement on tackling climate change should not be renegotiated. […]

Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘zero-hours’ Glastonbury contracts

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is to speak to the organisers of the Glastonbury festival about their use of zero-hours contracts, his spokesman has said. A large crowd chanted the Labour leader’s name when he appeared on stage at last month’s event to speak about employment rights among other issues. But the organisers have faced […]

Minister sparks anger by suggesting ‘Waspi women’ start apprenticeships

Media captionMinister heckled over ’64-year-old apprentices’ A minister has been heckled by MPs for suggesting women over 60 facing poverty could start an apprenticeship. The government has been accused of failing to do more to help 2.6 million women born in the 1950s who have lost out because of changes to pension law. The SNP’s […]

Students boasted of voting twice, MP says

Image copyright Reuters Many students boasted on social media of having voted twice in last month’s general election, an MP has claimed. Conservative Sir Henry Bellingham said there was “clear evidence” of students saying they voted at their home and university addresses. “Surely this is straightforward electoral fraud,” he said. Cabinet Office Minister Chris Skidmore […]

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn says government ‘floundering’ on pay cap

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: I hope the prime minister is proud of her record Jeremy Corbyn has accused the government of “flip flopping and floundering” over public sector pay. During PMQs, the Labour leader said that through the 1% pay cap the government was “recklessly exploiting the goodwill of public servants” and called for it to […]

Grenfell Tower: Government sends in ‘taskforce’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The BBC understands that housing will be one of the departments taken over by the taskforce A taskforce will be sent in to take over parts of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The council has been heavily criticised for its handling of the […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg announces baby Sixtus

Image copyright Instagram/Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has named his sixth child Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher. The backbencher announced the new arrival on Instagram, where attention focused on the eye-catching name. The name Sixtus is shared with five popes, most recently in 1590. “Helena and I announce with great joy that we have a […]

Grenfell tower: Scenes in flats ‘apocalyptic’, says coroner

Image copyright PA Image caption Grenfell Tower survivors gathered at the Olympia conference centre in London for the meeting The scene inside Grenfell Tower is “apocalyptic”, a coroner told angry survivors calling for more details. During a three-hour meeting with Dr Fiona Wilcox, survivors asked for information about the missing, but were told the “recovery […]

Pay cap: Cabinet ministers ‘are not all clones’ says Chris Grayling

Image copyright AFP A government minister has played down cabinet divisions about whether the cap on public sector pay should be lifted. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said there would always be a debate, adding: “We’re not all clones.” But he said ministers all wanted to provide as many resources as possible for public services and […]