Sinn Féin did not seek agreement – Foster

Sinn Féin did not seek agreement – Foster

Image copyright PA Image caption Monday’s sitting of the Assembly to nominate ministers was suspended by the parties Sinn Féin was “not in agreement-finding mode” during talks to save Northern Ireland’s political institutions, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has said. Negotiations to form a new power-sharing executive after this month’s snap election collapsed […]

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Image caption Theresa May has said now is not the time for another referendum on Scottish independence Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, […]

Farage: Carswell should face by-election after quitting UKIP

Farage: Carswell should face by-election after quitting UKIP

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Carswell retained his seat with a 3,437 majority at the 2015 general election Douglas Carswell should call a by-election after announcing he is leaving UKIP to sit as an independent MP, ex-party leader Nigel Farage has said. He said he had campaigned to allow constituents to recall MPs and […]

WhatsApp must not be ‘place for terrorists to hide’

Media captionAmber Rudd: “Intelligence services need to be able to get into encrypted services like WhatsApp” There must be “no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said. Khalid Masood killed four people in Westminster this week. It is understood his phone had […]

Article 50: Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour

Article 50: Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour

Image copyright JEFF OVERS/BBC Labour will not support any Brexit deal negotiated by the government unless it meets the party’s “six tests”, the shadow Brexit secretary has said. Any deal must include a strong relationship with the EU and the exact same benefits the UK has from the single market, Sir Keir Starmer said. The […]

Give Corbyn 15 months – McCluskey

Give Corbyn 15 months – McCluskey

Image copyright PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should be “given a chance” and allowed 15 months to prove he can turn around opinion polls, says union boss Len McCluskey. The general secretary of Unite said Mr Corbyn was being “slaughtered” by the media for putting forward policies to build a “different… better Britain”. He said […]

Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton

Media captionDouglas Carswell: Why I won’t trigger a by-election UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so “amicably”. The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in 2014. Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against […]

London attack: Parliament security under review

London attack: Parliament security under review

Image copyright PA Questions continue to be asked about whether Wednesday’s fatal terror attack in Parliament could have been prevented if more officers had been armed. Attention is focusing on how Khalid Masood was able to enter the Carriage Gates entrance of Parliament before he was confronted and subsequently shot. One security expert said the […]