Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Theresa May presses EU leaders on defence spending

Theresa May presses EU leaders on defence spending

Image copyright PA Image caption Leaders across Europe have expressed concern about US commitment to Nato Theresa May is holding talks with EU Nato members as she attempts to build alliances ahead of Brexit. The prime minister arrived in the Maltese capital Valletta with a message that Europe must increase its defence spending, following her […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright EPA Image caption Solicitor Adrian Yalland was among those to bring the challenge A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Theresa May to press EU leaders on defence spending

Theresa May to press EU leaders on defence spending

Image copyright PA The UK prime minister is to urge EU Nato members to spend more on defence, at an informal summit in Malta. Theresa May will brief leaders on her talks in the US with Donald Trump, when he indicated his commitment to Nato. The UK is one of the few alliance members to […]

Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing the West, Sir Michael Fallon says Russia is carrying out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks targeting democracy and critical infrastructure in the West, UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned. Moscow was “weaponising misinformation” in a bid to expand its influence […]

MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

Image copyright Thinkstock A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said ministers had taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of agencies tasked with stopping attacks. Cyber attacks are […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Schools have no funds to train teachers, says study

Schools have no funds to train teachers, says study

Image copyright iStock Image caption Cutting training budgets is short-sighted, say researchers There are 20,000 teachers in schools in England without any budget to train them, according to research by the Teacher Development Trust. Teacher quality has often been highlighted as the key to raising school standards and this research warns of a serious gap […]