Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]

Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Image copyright AFP Image caption The respective negotiators will have a “rendez-vous” on Thursday Brexit negotiators are to outline what progress has been made so far as the latest round of talks come to an end. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier will meet to assess the past four days […]

Vince Cable set to become Lib Dem leader

Image copyright PA Image caption The Lib Dem politician has been in Parliament since 1997 Sir Vince Cable is set to become leader of the Liberal Democrats later. The 74-year old is expected to be the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations close at 16:00 BST. Other possible contenders have all ruled themselves […]

State pension age rise brought forward

Image copyright Getty Images Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. Those affected […]

Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,250 this term Labour has “no plans” to write off existing student debt and has never promised to do so, the party’s education spokeswoman has insisted. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner accused the Tories of “wilfully misrepresenting” its plans amid […]

Tim Farron calls government ‘heartless’ over child refugees

Image copyright PA Image caption A child in a Calais refugee camp The government has imposed a “heartless” cut-off date for a scheme to help child refugees, according to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. He raised the case of two young people waiting in Greece for over a year for transfer to the UK who […]

Theresa May says Tories will not ‘go backwards’ on gay rights

Image copyright PA Image caption The prime minister is a regular churchgoer The Conservatives will not retreat in their support for gay rights because of their pact with the Democratic Unionists, Theresa May has insisted. The prime minister told LBC Radio her party had come a long way on issues such as gay marriage, while […]

State pension age increase brought forward

Image copyright Getty Images Six million people in their early 40s will have to work a year longer, as a result of a change in the State Pension Age, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now happen by 2039, rather than by 2046 as was originally proposed. Those […]

PMQs: Theresa May praises public wage cap ‘sacrifice’

Image copyright House of Commons Theresa May has said she recognises the “sacrifice” made by public sector workers as Jeremy Corbyn urged her to lift the 1% cap on their wages. In the last PMQs before the summer break, Mr Corbyn said people were held back by low pay and accused ministers of a “lack […]

BBC pay: Chris Evans tops list of best-paid stars

Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Evans and Winkleman are the BBC’s highest paid male and female stars Chris Evans has topped the list of the BBC’s best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. About two-thirds of stars earning […]