MPs warn of ‘poisonous air’ emergency costing £20bn a year

MPs warn of ‘poisonous air’ emergency costing £20bn a year

Image copyright PA Image caption The automotive industry says a £220m clear air fund is already in operation MPs have demanded an end to the UK’s “poisonous air” in an unprecedented report from four Commons committees. The Environment, Health, Transport and Environmental Audit committees want a new Clean Air Act, and a clean air fund […]

Brexit: David Davis ‘can live’ with shorter EU transition

Brexit: David Davis ‘can live’ with shorter EU transition

Image copyright Getty Images David Davis said he can “live with” a transition period of under two years if that helps to secure an early deal. The Brexit secretary said the EU and UK will establish a joint committee during the transition period to guarantee a “duty of good faith” by both sides. He said […]

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

Media captionMeghan Wright from Edinburgh says trial shifts took advantage of her Some MPs and lawyers have called for a blanket ban on unpaid shift work. Companies can currently invite prospective employees to do trial shifts with the carrot of a job at the end. But there has been a six-fold increase over three years […]

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Image copyright ALAMY Labour has vowed to “close the gap” between spending in the north and south of England and end the “bias” it says there has been in transport investment. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said in a speech that London and the South East have disproportionately benefited from projects such as Crossrail. He said […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Image copyright @Nigel_Farage Image caption The president-elect welcomed the UKIP leader at Trump Tower Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since he became US president-elect. A UKIP spokesman said the interim party leader discussed “freedom and winning” with Mr Trump on a visit to Trump Tower in New York. […]

Marine Le Pen: Trump win boosts my chances

Media captionLe Pen’s National Front (FN) is known for its anti-EU, anti-immigration platform. France’s far-right leader has told the BBC that Donald Trump’s victory in the US has boosted her own chances of being elected president next year. Marine Le Pen, who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr Trump had “made possible what […]

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