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Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers’ groups are trying to […]

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Rohingya have been forced to live in camps MPs have raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar. The Commons International Development Committee said it was “clear” that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of war used by the Burmese military. […]

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3 million machines had been “woeful”, the Business Committee said. It was unacceptable […]

Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Image copyright Reuters Cabinet ministers have concluded a crisis meeting about keeping vital public services going after the collapse of contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said the two-hour Cobra committee talks enabled ministers to air any concerns. Meanwhile, […]

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Image caption Jon Lansman has been a key figure on the left of the party for four decades Jeremy Corbyn has extended his influence over Labour’s governing body following elections to the National Executive Committee. Jon Lansman, the founder of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group which wants more grassroots say over policy, was among three new […]

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Image copyright Carillion Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK’s second biggest construction company. Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge […]

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Hard Brexit ‘would cost Scots £12.7bn’

Image copyright PA Scotland’s economy could be £12.7bn a year worse off under a so-called hard Brexit, according to analysis by the Scottish government. The figure is contained in a paper on the impact of UK withdrawal from the European Union. It calculates the cost to Scotland of the UK leaving the single market with […]

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

Media captionLeader of UKIP tells Today Jo Marney views not in line with her ‘core beliefs’ UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he has ended his relationship with his girlfriend after she reportedly made racist comments about Meghan Markle. He said their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his role as party leader but he had […]

Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone

Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone

Image copyright PAcemaker Image caption Barry McElduff speaking to the media following his suspension from Sinn Féin The MP for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff, has resigned. The Sinn Féin MP has been embroiled in controversy since posting an online video on the anniversary of the Kingsmills massacre. Mr McElduff said he was resigning as a […]

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Media captionPenny Mordaunt says countries need to be encouraged to invest in themselves The UK could cut its aid to developing countries that fail to invest in their own people, the international development secretary has said. Penny Mordaunt told the Daily Telegraph she “won’t invest” when others should put “their hands in their pockets”. The […]