Electoral fraud: Pilot scheme for ID before voting defended

Electoral fraud: Pilot scheme for ID before voting defended

Image copyright PA Image caption The pilot will be rolled out for the local elections in 2018 Plans to demand proof of identity before voting in a bid to combat electoral fraud have been defended by ministers, amid criticism the move is a “sledgehammer to crack a nut”. Councils in England, including Bradford and Birmingham, […]

Electoral fraud: Voters will have to show ID in pilot scheme

Electoral fraud: Voters will have to show ID in pilot scheme

Image copyright PA Image caption The pilot will be rolled out for the local elections in 2018 Voters will have to show proof of identity in a government pilot scheme to reduce electoral fraud. Some councils in England, including Birmingham and Bradford, will trial the scheme at local elections in 2018. Constitution minister Chris Skidmore […]

Prevent scheme ‘fundamental’ to stop terrorism

Prevent scheme ‘fundamental’ to stop terrorism

Image caption Chief Constable Simon Cole said criticism of Prevent was unfair A senior police officer has called the government’s Prevent anti-extremism programme “absolutely fundamental” in countering terrorism in the UK. The programme has been criticised by MPs, the National Union of Teachers and the Muslim Council of Britain. But Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole […]

Christian leaders urge calm and faith in time of ‘fear’

Media captionJustin Welby said the world was less predictable and more uncertain than it was at the start of 2016 God can chase away “the fear of terror” and “the economies of injustice”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in his Christmas sermon. The Most Reverend Justin Welby spoke about finding God in a world […]

May Christmas message urges unity after Brexit vote

May Christmas message urges unity after Brexit vote

Image copyright PA Theresa May has urged Britain to “unite and move forward” after the Brexit vote in her first Christmas message as PM. In the year that saw the UK vote by 52% to 48% to leave the EU, Mrs May said there was an “historic opportunity” to forge “a bold new role”. Labour’s […]

UK third quarter GDP growth revised up to 0.6%

UK third quarter GDP growth revised up to 0.6%

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The current account deficit widened in the third quarter The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the third quarter, according to official figures, faster than previous estimates. Growth for the July-to-September period had originally been estimated at 0.5%. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested that […]

First-time buyer aid cash: SW England gets biggest share

First-time buyer aid cash: SW England gets biggest share

Image caption Cornwall is popular with people buying second homes The South-West has been awarded the largest share of a fund raised through extra stamp duty on second homes to help first-time buyers in England. The area, which accounts for 21% of all second-home ownership in England, is to get £19.1m of the £60m annual […]

£60m ‘to tackle second homes problem’ in England

£60m ‘to tackle second homes problem’ in England

Image copyright PA The government is to introduce a £60m annual fund to help areas of England with high levels of second-home ownership to “tackle the problem”. The money, to be shared by 150 councils over five years, will go into providing “affordable” housing for first-time buyers in places where demand is high. The money […]

Brendan Cox: Jo Cox’s widower to record alternative Christmas message

Brendan Cox: Jo Cox’s widower to record alternative Christmas message

Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption Brendan Cox’s message will be broadcast on Christmas Day on Channel 4 The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox will deliver this year’s alternative Christmas message on Channel 4. Brendan Cox will call for an end to the “rise of hatred” in the broadcast on 25 December. He will […]