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Welfare reform ‘driving women to sex work’

Former Labour minister Frank Field claims women in his Birkenhead constituency are being forced into prostitution by cash shortages as a result of universal credit welfare reforms. His intervention in the House Commons follows growing calls for the UK-wide rollout of the benefit to be put on hold and for billions to be pumped into […]

Voters split over post-Brexit economy, survey suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than three quarters of people questioned said improving public services was a post-Brexit priority Voters are split over whether the UK leaving the EU will improve the economy, new research has suggested. The study of 2,975 UK adults, conducted in 2017 by the National Centre for Social Research […]

Theresa May says Brexit deal still ‘achievable’ despite differences

Media captionTheresa May’s Brexit update statement: “The terms of our exit are now clear.” Prime Minister Theresa May has called for “cool, calm heads” as she insisted a Brexit deal was “still achievable” despite differences with the EU. She said it was “frustrating” the two sides could not agree how to guarantee no hard border […]

Commons staff told to study abuse report ‘very carefully’

Media captionJohn Bercow was asked earlier this year about bullying allegations against him Senior House of Commons staff need to make radical changes, a report into bullying and sexual harassment in Parliament has said. Dame Laura Cox’s report details alleged sexual harassment by MPs by women who say they were “inappropriately touched” and “repeatedly propositioned”. […]

Jamal Khashoggi: UK and US ‘could boycott’ Saudi conference

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC has learned. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. The […]

Baroness Hollis: Former Labour minister dies aged 77

Tributes have been paid to former Labour minister Baroness Hollis after her death at the age of 77. Patricia Hollis served as a welfare minister for eight years under Tony Blair and was a leading figure in the House of Lords for nearly 30 years. Her husband, fellow Labour peer Lord Howarth, said she had […]

Brexit talks hit ‘real problem’ over Northern Ireland border

Image copyright AFP Brexit negotiations have hit a “real problem” over the issue of the Irish border, government sources have warned. Hopes of a breakthrough were raised when the Brexit secretary made an unscheduled trip to Brussels on Sunday. But talks faltered over the need for a back-up plan – known as the backstop – […]

Brexit talks hit ‘real problem’ over Northern Ireland border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab met with the EU’s Michel Barnier on Sunday Brexit negotiations have hit a “real problem” over the issue of the Irish border, government sources have warned. Ahead of a key summit, the EU is believed to be seeking further reassurances to prevent a so-called hard border […]

House of Commons abuse cases ‘tolerated and concealed’

Image copyright Getty Images “Disturbing” cases of bullying and sexual harassment have “long been tolerated and concealed” in the House of Commons, according to a report. The report, by Dame Laura Cox QC, said there was a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”. She said the procedures for protecting staff were inadequate and said […]

Jamal Khashoggi: UK and US ‘could boycott’ Saudi conference

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC has learned. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. The […]