Corbyn backs maximum earnings cap

Media captionJeremy Corbyn stopped short of saying Labour would cap pay on top earners Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would like to see a cap on the maximum amount people can earn. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he was “not wedded” to a particular limit but the idea should be looked […]

UK in ‘front seat’ for US trade deal, top Republican says

UK in ‘front seat’ for US trade deal, top Republican says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Johnson has been meeting with top Republicans, including Bob Corker Britain will be in the “front seat” to negotiate a new trade deal with the incoming Trump administration, a top Republican in the US Senate has said. A US-UK trade deal would be a priority, Senate Foreign Relations Committee […]

Increase women MPs or face fines, parties told

Increase women MPs or face fines, parties told

Image copyright PA Political parties must face fines if they do not ensure at least 45% of general election candidates are female, MPs have recommended. The Women and Equalities Committee said the fact that 30% of current MPs were women represented a “serious democratic deficit”, for “no good reason”. It said the law must change […]

Martin McGuinness resigns as NI deputy first minister

Media captionWatch Martin McGuinness’ resignation statement in full Martin McGuinness has said he is resigning as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m. The Sinn Féin MLA’s resignation will take effect from 17:00 GMT. He cited the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) conduct […]

Theresa May: Brexit can ‘change Britain for the better’

Media captionCentre-ground politicians ‘must show they can respond to people’s concerns’ Theresa May has criticised those who believe a so-called “hard Brexit” is inevitable after the UK leaves the EU. The prime minister said she wanted the UK to “operate within” the single market as part of a new relationship. Speaking in London, she vowed […]

Nicola Sturgeon rules out indyref in 2017

Nicola Sturgeon rules out indyref in 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Sturgeon was speaking during a visit to Midlothian Community Hospital in Bonnyrigg Scotland’s first minister has explicitly ruled out holding a second referendum on independence this year. The Scottish government has already drafted legislation for a referendum after Nicola Sturgeon said another ballot was highly likely in the […]

Boris Johnson meets Donald Trump’s team in New York

Boris Johnson meets Donald Trump’s team in New York

Image copyright PA Image caption Officials said the meetings would focus on UK-US relations The foreign secretary has held “positive but frank” talks with some of Donald Trump’s key advisers during a visit to New York, officials have said. Boris Johnson met Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon, the US president-elect’s strategist. It […]

Cyber attacks: MPs and peers to examine UK ‘vulnerabilities’

Cyber attacks: MPs and peers to examine UK ‘vulnerabilities’

Image copyright PA Image caption Some senior GCHQ staff are moving to the new National Cyber Security Centre MPs and peers are to investigate the threat posed to the UK by cyber attacks from other states, including Russia. A committee headed by former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett will look at the range and origin of […]

Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness. In a speech, the prime minister will announce extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers. She will promise to “transform” […]

Boris Johnson in New York for talks with Donald Trump’s team

Boris Johnson in New York for talks with Donald Trump’s team

Image copyright PA Image caption Officials said the meetings will focus on UK-US relations The foreign secretary has flown to New York for talks with key members of Donald Trump’s team, the Foreign Office (FO) says. Boris Johnson is expected to meet Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kuchner and Steve Bannon, the US president-elect’s strategist. It […]