Irish PM should know better over Brexit, says Arlene Foster

Media captionDUP leader attacks EU over Brexit talks Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “should know better” than to “play around” with Northern Ireland over Brexit, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party says. Arlene Foster accused Mr Varadkar of being “reckless” as Brexit talks enter a “critical phase”. She was speaking after meeting Theresa May […]

Discount railcard extended for people aged up to 30

Image copyright Getty Images If you’re 26 and annoyed about paying the full fare for your train travel, the Budget may offer a reprieve. The government has said people up to 30 years-old will now be able to buy a £30 railcard for discounted train ravel. The move – set to be announced in Wednesday’s […]

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

If you are wondering what to do in your lunch break on Wednesday, then a good idea is to brew a cup of tea, make a sandwich and watch the Budget. It is the biggest single event of the year affecting your finances. In his speech, the chancellor will announce the government’s plans for tax […]

UK government borrowing grows in October

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will present the latest Budget on Wednesday UK public sector borrowing rose to £8bn in October, official figures show, up £500m from a year earlier. The figure comes a day before the Budget, and the monthly deficit was bigger than economists had predicted. Increased debt costs, linked […]

Brexit: Broad agreement to pay more as UK leaves, the BBC understands

Image copyright EPA There is broad agreement among ministers that the government should increase its financial offer to the EU as the UK leaves, the BBC understands. But this is only in return for the EU moving on in December to talks about a future trade deal and an implementation phase after the UK’s departure […]

Don’t play Santa to the EU, Tory MP warns government

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ‘Don’t play Santa to the EU’, a Tory MP is warning the government The UK government cannot afford to “play Santa Claus” to EU bosses by handing over billions of pounds, a Conservative MP says. Nigel Evans accused the EU of demanding “ransom money” from Theresa May to move […]

Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave

Image caption Darren Grimes ran a pro-Brexit campaign for young people The Electoral Commission has re-opened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending. The campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes with a digital agency days ahead of last June’s vote. A separate group, Veterans for Britain, […]

The moment Labour MPs saw the exit poll

How did those Labour MPs who were not big Jeremy Corbyn supporters react to the 2017 general election exit poll, which revealed that, far from crashing and burning, their leader had defied the odds and stopped Theresa May winning a majority? Film-maker David Modell followed some of them: Skip Twitter post by @daily_politics End of […]

No permission for Kezia Dugdale to appear in I’m A Celebrity

Image copyright PA Kezia Dugdale was not given permission to join the cast of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, according to the new leader of the Scottish Labour party Richard Leonard said his predecessor sought authorisation from party chiefs to appear on the reality TV show but it was not granted. However, […]

Why the young should watch the Budget

Image copyright Getty Images More young people are voting than at any time in the last quarter of a century. But that resurgence is favouring the Labour Party. Just two years ago, the split in support between Labour and the Conservatives among 18 to 29-year-olds was fairly even, 36% to 32%. But in June’s general […]

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