Brexit decision ‘difficult’ for Labour, Keir Starmer says

Media captionStarmer: Brexit bill difficult for Labour Labour MPs face a “difficult decision” as Parliament debates whether to authorise the UK’s departure from the EU, its Brexit spokesman says. Sir Keir Starmer said “as democrats” Labour should not block the start of the process but called for an end to “gloating” from Brexit campaigners. He […]

MPs to debate Donald Trump state visit petition

MPs to debate Donald Trump state visit petition

Image copyright AFP MPs will debate whether US President Trump should be granted a UK state visit, as a petition against the idea nears 1.7 million signatures. The debate, on 20 February, will also take in a second petition calling for the visit to go ahead, signed by more than 100,000 people. Mr Trump has […]

‘Rats and insects’ found in asylum housing

Media captionA Syrian asylum seeker tells Radio 4’s Today that accommodation had cockroaches Some asylum seekers have been placed in accommodation infested by rats, mice and insects after arriving in the UK, a report by MPs says. The Home Affairs Committee called the conditions a “disgrace” and said some councils were doing far more than […]

MPs launch Jo Cox Commission to tackle loneliness

Media captionKim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister, tells Radio 4’s Today about how she wants to ‘eradicate’ loneliness Colleagues and family members of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox have launched a campaign to tackle loneliness. Mrs Cox had started work on the cross-party campaign before she was killed in her constituency last year. The commission, […]

Thousands of gay men pardoned for past convictions

Thousands of gay men pardoned for past convictions

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Alan Turing was pardoned in 2013, decades after his conviction for gross indecency Thousands of gay and bisexual men found guilty of decades-old sexual offences in England and Wales have been posthumously pardoned. The enactment by the government of the so-called Alan Turing law means about 49,000 men […]

Brexit: MPs to begin formal process with two-day debate

Brexit: MPs to begin formal process with two-day debate

Image copyright Reuters MPs are to begin two days of debate over the government’s parliamentary bill to get the formal process of Brexit under way. Discussions on the European Union Bill have been extended to midnight on Tuesday to accommodate more speakers, with a vote to take place on Wednesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has […]

Trump state visit plan ‘very difficult’ for Queen

Trump state visit plan ‘very difficult’ for Queen

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A state visit could include President Trump staying at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen Theresa May’s decision to invite Donald Trump to a state visit has put the Queen in a “very difficult position”, a former head of the Foreign Office says. In a letter to […]

Asylum accommodation ‘a disgrace’

Asylum accommodation ‘a disgrace’

Image copyright Getty Images Some asylum seekers have been placed in accommodation infested by rats, mice and insects after arriving in the UK, a report by MPs says. The Home Affairs Committee called the conditions a “disgrace” and said some councils were doing far more than others to take in those in need. It called […]

Tory MP Soames sorry for ‘woofing’ at Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

Media captionSir Nicholas Soames MP “woofs” at Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP A Tory MP has apologised to an SNP colleague for making a “woof” noise at her in the House of Commons. Sir Nicholas Soames made the outburst at Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh during a statement by the Foreign Secretary on US immigration policy. Sir Nicholas said he […]

Boris Johnson says Trump ban won’t affect UK nationals

Media captionBoris Johnson: “Let me remind the House of the vital importance of this country’s alliance with the United States” Donald Trump’s controversial immigration crackdown will make “no difference” to anyone with a British passport, Boris Johnson has told MPs. The foreign secretary said he had been assured Britons born overseas or with dual passports […]