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UKIP: Henry Bolton faces make-or-break leadership vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Henry Bolton says he is the right man to lead UKIP out of its current troubles UKIP members will vote later on whether to back or sack leader Henry Bolton. An extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham will decide the fate of the former army officer, who has been in the […]

Oxfam agrees to withdraw government funding bids

Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required, ministers say. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had “a long way to go” before regaining the trust of the public, its staff and the people it aims to help. […]

Bradley mulls next step after talks failure

Image caption Karen Bradley was speaking during a walkabout in Belfast The Northern Ireland Secretary has said she will consider all options over the weekend following the collapse of power-sharing talks. Karen Bradley is due to update MPs at Westminster on Tuesday. Speaking during a walkabout in Belfast, she said it had been a difficult […]

Theresa May to hold talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin

Image copyright Downing Street Image caption Theresa May and Angela Merkel will hold talks in Berlin on Friday Theresa May is due to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to make progress on negotiating Brexit. The PM will travel to Berlin for the meeting at the Chancellery. It comes a day […]

MPs warn ‘urgent’ funding needed to reverse prison decline

Image caption Prison inspectors said living conditions in Liverpool jail were the worst they had ever seen Prison inspectors need more funding to hold the government and prison bosses to account when jails have “urgent and serious failings”, MPs have said. A Justice Committee report comes after the BBC revealed the appalling conditions at Liverpool […]

Stormont deal was in place last week says Sinn Féin

Media captionSinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said ‘a draft agreement was in place’ Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said a draft agreement was in place last week to restore Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. The talks ended on Wednesday after the DUP declared there was “no current prospect” of a deal. Ms McDonald […]

Brexit: EU ‘removes transition punishment clause’

Image copyright No 10 Image caption Both sides say they want a time-limited transition after the UK leaves the EU next year EU diplomats have removed a so-called “punishment clause” from a draft text of the arrangement for the Brexit transition period, the BBC understands. A footnote published by the European Commission last week suggested […]

Jane Collins defamation case: UKIP delayed case

Image copyright PA Image caption Jane Collins’ allegations were made at a UKIP conference in the run-up to the 2015 general election UKIP “deliberately delayed” settlement of a libel case for “political advantage” ahead of the 2015 general election, the High Court has ruled. The case was brought by three Rotherham Labour MPs over comments […]

Panic attacks have huge effects – Tory AM David Melding

Image caption David Melding said he suspects he is not the only AM to have had panic attacks A senior Conservative AM has spoken of his experiences of “horribly debilitating” panic attacks. Ex-Assembly Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding said such episodes have a “huge effect on your confidence”. Mr Melding was contributing to a debate […]

Steel pensions scheme victim to ‘major mis-selling scandal’

Image copyright Getty Images British Steel pension scheme members were targeted by “vulture” financial advisers after Tata was allowed to offload its retirement fund, MPs say. In 2017 the Indian firm announced a restructuring of the £14bn fund to keep its UK loss-making operations afloat. But the government, Tata and regulators failed to protect 124,000 […]