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Lord Sheikh Tunisia row: complaint ‘politically motivated’

Lord Sheikh Tunisia row: complaint ‘politically motivated’

Media captionTory peer Lord Sheikh tells Today complaints against him are “politically motivated” A Tory peer says complaints about his attendance at a conference in Tunisia “are politically motivated”, because of his criticism of Boris Johnson. Three Conservative MPs filed complaints against Lord Sheikh, claiming “anti-Semites and terrorists” spoke at the 2014 event on Palestinian […]

Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson held talks with Afghan minister Hekmat Karzai Labour says Boris Johnson should pay for an overseas trip that caused him to miss a crunch Heathrow vote, after it emerged it cost more than £20,000. The bill for staff accompanying Mr Johnson – foreign secretary at the time – […]

Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

Image copyright PA Image caption John Swinney has called education the government’s “defining mission” Scotland’s education secretary has defended tests being given to P1 pupils after admitting there were “mixed opinions” about them among teachers. A major teaching union and opposition parties have swung behind a campaign to stop assessments for younger children. But John […]

Season tickets: 2019 annual rail fares could be more than £100 higher

Season tickets: 2019 annual rail fares could be more than £100 higher

Media captionRail cost rises should be reduced, says transport secretary Rail passengers will see the price of regulated rail fares in much of the UK rise by as much as 3.2% in January. The rise, determined by the RPI inflation measure, could add more than £100 to annual season ticket prices. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling […]

Regulated rail fares to increase by 3.2% next year

Regulated rail fares to increase by 3.2% next year

Media captionRail cost rises should be reduced, says transport secretary Rail passengers will see the price of regulated rail fares increase by 3.2% in January 2019. The rise, determined by the RPI inflation measure, could add more than £100 to annual season tickets. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has called for future rail fare and wage […]

Westminster car crash: Man arrested as pedestrians injured

Westminster car crash: Man arrested as pedestrians injured

Media captionArmed police responded after a vehicle crashed into security barriers Two people have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. Officers were seen surrounding the vehicle before a man was arrested, shortly after 07:30 BST. Cyclists were hit in the crash and London Ambulance Service said it […]

Armed police at Westminster crash site

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard say. It is reported that cyclists were hit, but police do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Armed police at Westminster crash site}

Environment minister Therese Coffey defends Roundup weedkiller tweet

Environment minister Therese Coffey defends Roundup weedkiller tweet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US jury found that chemical giant Monsanto knew its Roundup weedkiller was dangerous and failed to warn consumer An environment minister who sparked a Twitter storm by “promoting” a controversial weedkiller has defended her action. Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey tweeted: “Getting ready to deploy the amazing Roundup!” on […]

Social housing proposals ‘to give tenants greater power’

Social housing proposals ‘to give tenants greater power’

Image copyright Getty Images Giving tenants greater support so they can hold their landlords to account is being considered as part of government proposals on social housing. The measures include speeding up the complaints process and publishing league tables to highlight the performance of landlords. The government said its “new deal” would “rebalance the relationship […]

Rough sleeping: £100m government plan to tackle homelessness unveiled

Rough sleeping: £100m government plan to tackle homelessness unveiled

Image copyright PA The government has unveiled its £100m strategy to tackle rough sleeping on England’s streets. It wants to “help people turn their lives around”, including support for mental health and addictions. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire vowed to make homelessness “a thing of the past” and the government has vowed to end rough sleeping […]