Labour rejects ex-Czech agent’s Corbyn claims as ‘absurd’

Media captionJan Sarkocy described Mr Corbyn as a “very, very good source” Labour has again denied allegations Jeremy Corbyn had been either a collaborator or agent of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The Labour leader’s spokesman said the claims had come from a single source and were “absurd and hallucinogenic”. It comes […]

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Media captionUK PM ‘is facilitating talks gridlock’ The government “does not have a viable plan” to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared “entrenchment and drift” in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

Image copyright Reuters The UK has published proposals for how it wants the transition period immediately after Brexit to work. It says the period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. Number 10 denied this meant it would be longer than the planned two years. […]

Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, […]

NFU elects first female president

Media captionMinette Batters says the UK must not ‘open the flood gates’ to cheap food from other parts of the world The first female president of the National Farmers Union has warned against “crashing out” of the EU without a deal. Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, is the first woman to lead the […]

UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position

Image copyright Reuters Details of the UK’s plans for a transition period of “around two years” immediately after Brexit have been revealed in a leaked document. Due to be officially published later, it says there are “only a small number of areas” where the two sides disagree. It says the period should last as long […]

Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May

Image copyright Getty Images More than 60 Brexit-supporting Tory MPs have written to Theresa May to insist the UK make a clean break with the EU. The MPs say the UK must not be stopped from negotiating trade deals with other countries, once it leaves the EU, and must gain full “regulatory autonomy”. The letter […]

Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts

Image copyright Save the Children A former chief executive of Save the Children faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving the charity, the BBC has learned. Justin Forsyth was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing. Mr Forsyth said he had “apologised unreservedly” to […]

UK unemployment rises for first time in two years

Image copyright Reuters UK unemployment has increased slightly for the first time in two years. The rate of unemployment rose from 4.3% to 4.4% for the three months to the end of December, the Office for National Statistics said. Despite the slight increase in the unemployment rate, the total number of those in work increased […]

MPs send Brexit ‘suggestions’ to Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters More than 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May making a series of “suggestions” about the government’s Brexit strategy. The letter from the European Research Group says the UK should be free to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries as soon as it leaves. The MPs also […]