Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6%

Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6%

Image copyright PA Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his latest Budget on 8 March Government departments have been told to find spending cuts of up to 6% as part of plans to save £3.5bn by 2020. Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Treasury announced Whitehall would begin coming up with ways to contribute […]

Sir John Major attacks ‘unreal’ Brexit vision

Sir John Major attacks ‘unreal’ Brexit vision

Britons are being offered an “unreal and over-optimistic” vision of what Brexit will look like, Sir John Major has warned. The former Tory prime minister also called for “more charm and a lot less cheap rhetoric” from the UK government towards the rest of the EU. And he said the costs of leaving would be […]

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Brexit could mean a “dangerously high cost” for peace in Northern Ireland, a former minister has warned. Ex-Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain said the peace process could “so easily unravel”. He said the Brexit bill should be changed to support maintaining the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. But former […]

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shadow chancellor John McDonnell (centre) warns of “dark arts” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says “a soft coup” has been launched against Jeremy Corbyn by “elements in the Labour Party”. Mr McDonnell accuses unnamed “plotters” and the “Murdoch media empire” of a “coordinated and fully resourced” coup. In an article […]

Disability benefits: Number 10 defends changes to PIPs

Disability benefits: Number 10 defends changes to PIPs

Image copyright Science Photo Library Downing Street has defended plans to change access to disability benefits, saying that “nobody is losing out”. The government wants to reverse the effects of a court ruling which expands the number of people who can claim Personal Independence Payments. The PM’s official spokesman said the welfare system was a […]

Labour MP Gerald Kaufman dies at 86

Media captionSir Gerald was the oldest serving MP in Westminster, so was given the title of Father of the House Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86. His family made the announcement late on Sunday, calling him “a great socialist and parliamentarian”. Sir […]

MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’

MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’

“Public bickering” between the prime minister and the NHS is an “insult to taxpayers” who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said. The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised a dispute between Theresa May and NHS England boss Simon Stevens over finances. Its report also censured the government for “plundering” NHS […]

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for ‘really disabled’

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for ‘really disabled’

Disability benefits should go to “really disabled people” not those “taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety”, a key Theresa May aide says. No 10 policy unit head George Freeman said personal independence payments (PIP) reforms were needed to roll back the “bizarre” decisions of tribunals. Ministers say the changes will save £3.7bn but […]

Don’t give up, Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour

Don’t give up, Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Labour leader has come under renewed pressure since the Copeland defeat Jeremy Corbyn is to say Labour’s parliamentary by-election loss shows “the scale of how hard our task is to persuade people of our message”. In a speech, he will urge his party to “remain united”, and not […]

Brexit: Heseltine vows to rebel in Lords bill debate

Brexit: Heseltine vows to rebel in Lords bill debate

Image copyright Reuters Senior Tory Lord Heseltine has said he will rebel against the government when peers debate the bill giving Theresa May the authority to trigger Brexit. He said he would support an opposition amendment in the House of Lords demanding MPs get a meaningful vote on the deal reached with the EU. Writing […]

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