Silencing Big Ben necessary to protect workers, says TUC

Silencing Big Ben necessary to protect workers, says TUC

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bells will still sound to mark New Year celebrations Silencing the chimes of Big Ben while repair works take place is “common sense”, the TUC has said. The trade union body spoke out after newspapers criticised the decision to silence the chimes for four years to protect workers’ […]

Grenfell fire: Terms of reference published

Grenfell fire: Terms of reference published

Image copyright PA Image caption Hundreds marched silently on Monday to mark two months since the fire The actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council are to be considered in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, the government has announced. The inquiry will also look at the adequacy of regulations, the tower’s recent refurbishment, and the response […]

Grenfell fire: Inquiry to examine council actions

Grenfell fire: Inquiry to examine council actions

Image copyright PA Image caption Hundreds marched silently on Monday to mark two months since the fire The actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council are to be considered in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, the government has announced. It will also look at the adequacy of regulations, the tower’s recent refurbishment, and the response of […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU’s customs union means members charge the same tariff on goods coming from other countries The UK has set out the “ambitious new customs arrangement” it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with […]

Jo Cox George Medal ‘hero’ Kenny dies

Jo Cox George Medal ‘hero’ Kenny dies

Image caption Bernard Kenny paid tribute to Jo Cox at a Batley Bulldogs rugby match The man who was awarded the George Medal for trying to stop the murder of MP Jo Cox has died, his family says. Bernard Kenny was stabbed as he intervened when Thomas Mair attacked Mrs Cox in Birstall, West Yorkshire […]

Corbyn: Trump comments on Charlottesville ‘not enough’

Corbyn: Trump comments on Charlottesville ‘not enough’

Image caption Jeremy Corbyn said there was “no equivalence” between white supremacists in the US and the situation in Venezuela US President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville attack was “not enough”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. After deadly violence erupted over a white supremacist rally in Virginia, Mr Trump said he condemned “hatred, […]

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent until 2021 for repairs

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent until 2021 for repairs

Image copyright Reuters Big Ben’s famous chimes will fall silent from next week until 2021 to allow essential repair works to take place. The bongs will sound for the final time at midday on Monday before being disconnected to allow the clock and surrounding tower to be restored. The Great Bell has sounded on the […]

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have previously held opposing views on the Brexit process The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg plays down Conservative leadership bid reports

Jacob Rees-Mogg plays down Conservative leadership bid reports

Image copyright PA Image caption The Sunday Times claims the backbencher is “sounding out” friends about a possible challenge Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has played down reports that he is considering a bid for party leadership. The Sunday Times claims the backbencher is “sounding out” friends about a possible challenge to Theresa May. But the […]

UKIP’s Mike Hookem quits role over Anne Marie Waters leadership bid

UKIP’s Mike Hookem quits role over Anne Marie Waters leadership bid

Image copyright PA Image caption Mike Hookem said he ‘strongly disagrees’ with the views of Anne Marie Waters A senior UKIP MEP has resigned as deputy whip in the European Parliament over support within the party for an anti-Islam campaigner. Anne Marie Waters, who founded the Sharia Watch pressure group and has called Islam “evil”, […]