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 […]

Don’t be cowed by terrorists, urges Theresa May

Don’t be cowed by terrorists, urges Theresa May

Image copyright Getty Images The prime minister has said people should go about their business as usual and not be “cowed by terrorists” after the Christmas market attack in Germany. Theresa May told the London Evening Standard it was important to “send a clear message that people should “carry on with our lives as usual”. […]

Call to halve prison population to 45,000 in England and Wales

Call to halve prison population to 45,000 in England and Wales

Image copyright PA The prison population of England and Wales should be cut to 45,000, a former deputy prime minister and two former home secretaries have urged. In a letter to the Times, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Jacqui Smith said jails had become unacceptably dangerous. They said inmate numbers had risen to more than […]

Labour MP Jamie Reed quitting Parliament

Labour MP Jamie Reed quitting Parliament

Image copyright PA Labour MP Jamie Reed is quitting Parliament to take a job in the nuclear industry. The ex-shadow health minister said it was an “honour” to represent Copeland since 2005, adding: “Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life.” He will stand down at the end of January, triggering a by-election in […]

Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK

Image copyright PA The government has said £440m has been found so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to superfast broadband. The cash comes from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the funds would help to bring faster speeds […]

Phone-hacking inquiry: Ex-Crimewatch presenter makes legal challenge

Phone-hacking inquiry: Ex-Crimewatch presenter makes legal challenge

Image caption Jacqui Hames joined BBC Crimewatch after 30 years with the Met Police An ex-Crimewatch presenter and phone-hacking victim is launching a legal challenge to test the government’s commitment to press regulation. Jacqui Hames, who is also an ex-police officer, argues the recommendations of the Leveson phone-hacking inquiry are not being implemented. She is […]

Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 days

Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 days

Image copyright PA Former UKIP leader Diane James has said she resigned after just 18 days in the job because of an inability to break up the party’s “old guard”. In her first broadcast interview since resigning, she told BBC 5 live Daily she felt she could not “continue to bang [her] head against a […]