General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I don’t play by the establishment’s rules” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” by putting power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”. In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June’s poll was not a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the […]

Douglas Carswell will not stand in general election

Douglas Carswell will not stand in general election

Image copyright Getty Images Former UKIP – and now independent – MP Douglas Carswell says he will not be standing in the UK general election. The Clacton MP said he would be backing the Conservative candidate in the constituency at 8 June’s poll. He was the only UKIP candidate to be elected as an MP […]

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Media captionNigel Farage will decide “in next few days” whether to stand Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he has not decided yet whether to stand in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP says he has to weigh up “where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit” […]

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Media captionBill Gates: ‘There will be trade-offs’ Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May […]

Former Labour MP Marshall-Andrews defects to Lib Dems

Former Labour MP Marshall-Andrews defects to Lib Dems

Image copyright PA Former Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews has defected to the Lib Dems after describing Jeremy Corbyn’s party as a “political basket case”. Mr Marshall-Andrews told The Times he had jumped ship in light of the Brexit campaign and Labour’s refusal to stand aside in the Richmond Park by-election. The QC and barrister was […]

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urging UK to protect foreign aid

Image copyright EPA Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May has refused to say […]

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

General election campaigning begins as MPs back June poll

Media captionThe moment when the vote is announced for an early general election. Campaigning is under way after the House of Commons backed Theresa May’s call for a general election on 8 June. MPs voted by 522 votes to 13 – with Labour and Lib Dem helping secure the two-thirds majority needed to bring forward […]

George Osborne to quit as MP for Tatton at election

George Osborne to quit as MP for Tatton at election

Former chancellor George Osborne says he is quitting the House of Commons “for now”. The Conservative MP for Tatton said he was “very excited” about becoming the new editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper. He told his local Tory party he would be using the role to provide “straight facts and informed opinion” through the […]

Manchester Gorton by-election cancellation confirmed

Manchester Gorton by-election cancellation confirmed

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Gerald Kaufman represented the seat for more than 30 years A by-election for the Manchester Gorton constituency is set to be cancelled after the House of Commons backed a June general election. The Cabinet Office said the election for the vacant seat, planned for 4 May, would now take […]