Grooming gangs should get longer sentences ‘if abuse is racist’

Grooming gangs should get longer sentences ‘if abuse is racist’

Image copyright Getty Images Gangs who sexually abuse young girls should be given longer prison sentences where there is evidence of racism, the solicitor general has said. Robert Buckland told the Telegraph that racism cut “all ways” and should be “front and centre” when it is part of grooming and sexual abuse cases. On Wednesday, […]

Anne Marie Waters: Anti-Islam candidate to stand for UKIP leadership

Anne Marie Waters: Anti-Islam candidate to stand for UKIP leadership

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption The former Labour party member says Sharia courts “treat women like absolute dirt” An anti-Islam candidate has been allowed to stand for the UKIP leadership. Anne Marie Waters, a former Labour activist and founder of the Sharia Watch pressure group, has previously called Islam “evil”. Her leadership bid has split […]

Corbyn: Trump and Kim should get round negotiating table

Corbyn: Trump and Kim should get round negotiating table

Media captionJeremy Corbyn urged Trump and Kim to “calm down” and start talking Jeremy Corbyn has urged US and North Korean leaders to hold face-to-face talks “in the interest of sanity and safety”. He was commenting on an escalating war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean regime. “We cannot play […]

Former Tory aide renews call for anti-Brexit party

Former Tory aide renews call for anti-Brexit party

Image copyright PA Image caption James Chapman (left) was David Davis’s top aide The former chief of staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis has said leaving the EU will be a “calamity for our country”. James Chapman claimed two cabinet ministers had expressed interest in a new centre party to oppose Brexit. He also claimed […]

BBC defends Lord Lawson climate change interview

BBC defends Lord Lawson climate change interview

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Lawson heads a think tank which says there is a “contested science of global warming” BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson in a segment on climate change. The former Conservative chancellor said average global temperatures had declined over the past decade. […]

Jeremy Corbyn to US and North Korea: Ratchet down the rhetoric

Jeremy Corbyn to US and North Korea: Ratchet down the rhetoric

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has called on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to “ratchet down the rhetoric” and said the situation between their countries was “obviously extremely dangerous”. The Labour leader called for talks and said he hoped one day North Korea would enter the “orbit of the rest of the world”. North Korea […]

Home Secretary Amber Rudd targeted by email hoax

Home Secretary Amber Rudd targeted by email hoax

Image copyright PA Home Secretary Amber Rudd was tricked into a brief email exchange with a prankster who impersonated the PM’s new communications chief Robbie Gibb. The hoaxer, who has previously fooled White House officials, managed to communicate with the minister before she spotted the windup. According to The Guardian, he emailed her using her […]

Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

Image copyright PA Labour has accused the government of selling off valuable hospital assets to help plug a hole in NHS finances. Figures from data body NHS Digital show that the amount of NHS land in England earmarked for sale has more than doubled in the past year. Analysis commissioned by Labour found 117 sites […]

No agreement in latest Scots-UK Brexit powers talks

No agreement in latest Scots-UK Brexit powers talks

Image caption Michael Russell and John Swinney sat down with Damian Green and David Mundell The latest talks between the Scottish and UK governments about the repatriation of powers after Brexit have concluded with no agreement. First Secretary of State Damian Green met Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland’s Brexit Minister Michael Russell in […]

Jean-Claude Juncker’s 25,000 euro ‘air taxi’ revealed

Jean-Claude Juncker’s 25,000 euro ‘air taxi’ revealed

Image copyright EPA European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spent 25,000 euros (£22,600) on a private plane to take a nine-person delegation to Rome, campaigners have discovered. The use of the “air taxi” was among almost €500,000 (£451,000) in EU commissioners’ transport and hotel bills during January and February 2016. They were unearthed by Spanish-based Access […]