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Conservative Party fined £70,000 over election expenses

Conservative Party fined £70,000 over election expenses

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservative Party has been fined a record £70,000 for breaking election expenses rules. The party insists its failure to report six figure sums it spent on trying to win three by-elections and the general election was an “administrative error”. The Electoral Commission said there was a “realistic prospect” the money […]

Brexit: Queen gives Royal Assent to Article 50 bill

Brexit: Queen gives Royal Assent to Article 50 bill

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Queen visited the National Army Museum on Thursday morning The Queen has given Royal Assent to the Brexit bill, clearing the way for Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by MPs and peers on Monday. It […]

Philip Hammond defends National Insurance Budget U-turn

Philip Hammond defends National Insurance Budget U-turn

Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has defended making a U-turn on increasing National Insurance contributions for some self-employed workers. Writing in The Sun, Mr Hammond said he and the prime minister agreed that the increase was against the “spirit” of a 2015 Conservative election pledge. He said Wednesday’s reversal showed the government was […]

Ban on MPs from employing spouses at next election

Ban on MPs from employing spouses at next election

Image copyright PA Image caption Nearly one in four MPs employ spouses, relatives or family friends Newly elected MPs will no longer be allowed to employ spouses and other relatives using taxpayers’ money. The new rules will come into force at the next election, expected to take place in 2020, although the 151 MPs who […]

Iraq Inquiry: New facts would justify fresh probe say MPs

Iraq Inquiry: New facts would justify fresh probe say MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption MPs authorised the decision to go to war but many felt they had been let down by Tony Blair Parliament must be able to investigate whether it was misled over the Iraq War if “new facts” emerge, MPs have said. The Public Administration Committee said last year’s Iraq Inquiry report […]

Low carbon drive ‘cuts household bills’

Low carbon drive ‘cuts household bills’

Image copyright PA Britain’s low carbon energy revolution is actually saving money for households, a report says. Households make a net saving of £11 a month, according to analysis from the Committee on Climate Change. It calculates that subsidies to wind and solar are adding £9 a month to the average bill, but that rules […]

Brexit: Queen to give Royal Assent to Article 50 bill

Brexit: Queen to give Royal Assent to Article 50 bill

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen’s signature is needed for bills to become law The Queen will sign the Article 50 bill into law on Thursday, clearing the way for Theresa May to formally start talks to leave the European Union. The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by MPs and peers […]

Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May met Donald Tusk in Downing Street last year. The EU will “not be intimidated” by threats about the UK leaving with no deal, Donald Tusk has said. He said suggestions the UK would be better off leaving with no deal, rather than with a bad deal, “increasingly take […]

Jobless rate down but wage growth slows

Jobless rate down but wage growth slows

Image copyright Reuters UK unemployment fell in the three months to January but there was a sharp slowdown in wage growth. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate fell to 4.7% – it has not been lower than that since the summer of 1975. However, wage growth has slowed significantly to 2.2% […]

MP Craig Mackinlay quizzed over election expenses

MP Craig Mackinlay quizzed over election expenses

Image caption Craig Mackinlay was elected MP for South Thanet in 2015 A Conservative MP has been interviewed under caution over his election expenses, the BBC understands. Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet is being investigated over alleged overspending in the 2015 general election campaign. Mr Mackinlay defeated the MEP and then UKIP leader […]