Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Image copyright PA Image caption The talks have taken two weeks to conclude The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government. The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the election resulted in a hung Parliament. The DUP’s 10 MPs […]

Brexit: Details of offer to EU citizens to be published

Image copyright PA EU nationals living in the UK will get more detail later of what rights they can expect to have after Brexit. A 15-page document outlining plans for EU citizens to be granted “settled status” will be published as Theresa May addresses MPs on EU matters. Ministers have sought to reassure the 3.2m […]

Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have been stretched by attacks in London and Manchester The public sector pay cap should be scrapped in recognition of the work of the emergency services following recent disasters, says Tim Farron. The outgoing Lib Dem leader said firefighters, police and medical staff “deserve so much better”. The […]

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims ‘murdered by political decisions’

Image copyright PA Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. The shadow chancellor made the claims at a Glastonbury Festival event on Sunday – a day after Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of people there. Mr McDonnell claimed the decision to “view housing as only for financial […]

Church leaders in power-sharing plea to NI politicians

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Northern Ireland has been without a power-sharing executive since March Church leaders have urged Northern Ireland’s politicians that “the most vulnerable are at greater risk” if they cannot strike a power-sharing deal. The parties have until 29 June to reach agreement. The deadline was set by Northern Ireland Secretary of […]

Parliament cyber-attack ‘hit up to 90 users’

Image copyright PA Up to 90 email accounts were compromised during the cyber-attack on Parliament on Friday. Fewer than 1% of the 9,000 users of the IT system were impacted by the hacking, said a parliamentary spokesman. The hack prompted officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as […]

Brexit: David Davis ‘pretty sure’ of free trade deal

Media caption“Very French”: What David Davis thinks of his EU counterpart Brexit Secretary David Davis has told the BBC he is “pretty sure”, but not “certain”, that he will be able to get a free trade deal with the EU. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that other EU states “have a very strong […]

Labour ‘would look to’ end household benefit cap

Image copyright BBC/Jeff Overs Image caption Labour’s Debbie Abrahams says the benefit cap has huge implications for child poverty Labour would “look to” remove a cap on household benefits but has not yet costed the measure, the shadow work and pensions secretary has told the BBC. Last week a High Court judge said the curb […]

Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson dies

Image caption Gordon Wilson retained an active interest in politics after he left parliament The former leader of the Scottish National Party, Gordon Wilson, has died. He was 79. Mr Wilson led the party from 1979 to 1990. He represented Dundee East in the House of Commons from 1974 to 1987. He died in hospital […]

Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged Mrs May to set up a cross-party commission The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged the Prime Minister to set up a cross-party commission to “draw much of the poison” from Brexit negotiations. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Justin Welby said that “a […]