Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

Image copyright PA Image caption The Right-to-Buy policy has been blamed for contributing to the lack of affordable housing Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages. Islington council spent more than £6.2m buying back homes it sold to people for less than £1.3m, […]

MSP Rachael Hamilton quits to fight Holyrood by-election

MSP Rachael Hamilton quits to fight Holyrood by-election

Image caption Rachael Hamilton was elected as a list MSP in 2016 but now hopes to win a constituency seat Conservative MSP Rachael Hamilton has resigned from her seat to stand in a Holyrood by-election. Ms Hamilton was elected as a list MSP for the South of Scotland in 2016, but hopes to win the […]

Theresa May accuses EU of trying to affect UK election

Theresa May accuses EU of trying to affect UK election

Media captionTheresa May: EU and European press trying to affect the result of the UK general election with Brexit “threats” and “misrepresentation” Theresa May has accused European politicians of making “threats” against Britain to try to influence the general election result. The PM launched a stinging attack on the “bureaucrats of Brussels” in a speech […]

UK ‘will not pay 100bn euro Brexit bill’

UK ‘will not pay 100bn euro Brexit bill’

Media captionDavid Davis on how much Britain may – or may not – have to pay for its Brexit bill. The UK won’t pay a 100bn-euro (£84bn) “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said, as the two sides clashed over the issue. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK […]

General election 2017 officially under way as May meets Queen

General election 2017 officially under way as May meets Queen

The Queen is holding a short meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the general election. The PM no longer has to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, as it happened automatically at midnight. But Mrs May made the short journey to Buckingham Palace and […]

Brexit: UK will ‘not pay £85bn divorce bill’ says Davis

Brexit: UK will ‘not pay £85bn divorce bill’ says Davis

Image copyright PA Image caption The Brexit secretary said talk of a €100bn figure should be viewed with a “pinch of salt” The UK will not pay a £84.6bn “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has insisted. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due, […]

General election 2017: Parties trade blows on tax plans

General election 2017: Parties trade blows on tax plans

The Conservatives are attempting to shift the election battleground to the economy with an attack on Labour’s tax and spending plans. The Tories claimed Labour’s spending plans to date amounted to a £45bn “bombshell” for workers and families. But shadow chancellor John McDonnell said its plans were fully costed and dismissed their opponents’ calculations as […]

Politicians woo voters ahead of 4 May poll

Politicians woo voters ahead of 4 May poll

Image copyright Getty Images Political parties are taking to the streets in the last day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s local elections. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs across England, Wales and Scotland on 4 May. The poll will give voters a chance to deliver verdicts on the major parties before […]

General election 2017: Labour calls for halt to hospital cuts

General election 2017: Labour calls for halt to hospital cuts

Image copyright Getty Images A Labour government would suspend the planned closures of hospital services across England, the party is promising. It says the national initiative – involving 44 local plans – has lost credibility and needs reviewing. Under proposals put forward A&E, maternity and stroke units could be scaled back in many parts of […]

Brexit: Theresa May says she’ll be ‘bloody difficult’ to Juncker

Brexit: Theresa May says she’ll be ‘bloody difficult’ to Juncker

Media captionTheresa May speaks to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg Theresa May says she will be a “bloody difficult woman” towards European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker during Brexit talks. The PM revived a line used during her Tory leadership campaign to respond to claims the two clashed over dinner. She also declined to commit to settling […]