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Brexit: Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk for talks

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk for talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk at Downing Street Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk later – the first time since the PM set out plans for a two-year transition period post-Brexit. It comes a month before the council will decide whether sufficient progress […]

Labour proposes new tax on bookmakers

Labour proposes new tax on bookmakers

Image copyright PA Labour says it would consider forcing bookmakers to pay a levy to help treat problem gamblers. Deputy leader Tom Watson will say the cash would be used for NHS treatment and to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”. Speaking at the party conference in Brighton, he will announce a review of the […]

Brexit: Davis sees ‘no excuse for standing in way of progress’

Brexit: Davis sees ‘no excuse for standing in way of progress’

Image copyright AFP The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has called for a “moment of clarity” from the UK as talks resumed. At the start of a fourth round of talks, Mr Barnier said the process had been going six months and progress on key separation issues was essential. For the UK, David Davis said […]

Leo Varadkar: ‘Too early’ to assess Brexit progress

Leo Varadkar: ‘Too early’ to assess Brexit progress

Image caption Theresa May greets Leo Varadkar at 10 Downing Street It is too early to say whether the UK has made sufficient progress in Brexit talks, the Irish prime minister has said. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking after talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street. Mr Varadkar gave Mrs May’s speech in […]

John McDonnell ‘would bring existing PFI contracts in-house’

John McDonnell ‘would bring existing PFI contracts in-house’

Image copyright PA A future Labour government would bring “wasteful” PFI contracts back in the public sector, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He told Labour’s conference the contracts were set to cost the taxpayer £200bn over coming decades and private companies were making “huge profits”. He said Labour, which has previously promised to strike […]

Labour conference: Starmer claims ‘grown-up’ Brexit stance

Labour conference: Starmer claims ‘grown-up’ Brexit stance

Image copyright PA The Labour leadership has insisted its approach to Brexit is “grown-up and pragmatic” as it faced opposition from some activists at its conference. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said customs union and single market options should not be “swept off the table” at this stage. He accused the Tories of “joyriding” […]

Labour pledges law to cut credit card debt

Labour pledges law to cut credit card debt

Image copyright PA Legislation limiting the amount of interest that can be charged on credit card debts is being promised by the Labour Party. Under the changes, nobody would pay more in interest than they had originally borrowed. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says more than three million people are “trapped” by credit card debt. He […]

Anger at Labour conference Brexit vote

Anger at Labour conference Brexit vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been pro-EU protests outside the party conference Pro-EU Labour MPs have expressed their anger after no Brexit motions were chosen to be voted on at party conference. Instead, delegates chose Grenfell Tower, rail, growth and investment, public sector pay, workers’ rights, the NHS, housing and social care. Party […]

Brexit: Fresh round of negotiations to take place

Brexit: Fresh round of negotiations to take place

Image copyright PA Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the UK team of negotiators into their fourth round of talks with EU officials in Brussels on Monday. It will be the first opportunity for the European delegation to respond to Theresa May’s speech in Florence. Mrs May aimed to restore momentum to a process that […]

Labour to offer some women earlier retirement option

Labour to offer some women earlier retirement option

Image caption Changes to women’s retirement age sparked widespread protests Labour would allow hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s to retire at 64 on a reduced state pension, rather than wait until 66. Government changes to the retirement age have been “chaotic”, shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams will tell Labour’s […]

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