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Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals

Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals

Image copyright Barts Health NHS Trust Image caption A £1.1bn revamp of the Royal London Hospital was funded through PFI Taxpayers still owe private contractors £199bn for deals signed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), a spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office (NAO) found 716 public projects were active under PFI and its successor […]

Justine Greening: Next generation of MPs could ‘improve or undo’ Brexit

Justine Greening: Next generation of MPs could ‘improve or undo’ Brexit

Image copyright House of Commons A future generation of MPs will seek to “improve or undo” Brexit if it does not work for young people, a former cabinet minister has said. Justine Greening – who quit as education secretary in last week’s reshuffle – said MPs had a duty to make sure Brexit was “sustainable”. […]

Facebook to reconsider claims of Russian interference in Brexit vote

Facebook to reconsider claims of Russian interference in Brexit vote

Image copyright AFP Facebook is to re-examine whether Russian groups used its social media accounts to try to influence the outcome of the Brexit referendum. The tech giant found “a minimal amount” of UK-related activity when it looked into one particular group last year. But after a request from MPs, it will investigate whether there […]

Jeremy Corbyn urges end to outsourcing ‘racket’

Jeremy Corbyn urges end to outsourcing ‘racket’

Media captionPublic services need to be provided by “public employees with a public service ethos” says Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn has called for an end to the “costly racket” of outsourcing public services as he clashed with Theresa May over Carillion’s collapse. The Labour leader told MPs that the failed firm and other private sector […]

Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze

Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze

Media captionSir Desmond Swayne listens to Ken Clarke’s EU Bill speech A Tory MP who appeared to fall asleep in the House of Commons has said he is embarrassed and “annoyed” with himself. Sir Desmond Swayne, who nodded off during a speech by colleague Ken Clarke, said the image of him with his head on […]

Work paused on Carillion construction sites

Work paused on Carillion construction sites

Image copyright Reuters Work on construction sites run by Carillion is to pause while decisions are made over their future, the Insolvency Service has said. But work on most of Carillion’s private sector service contracts, such as catering and cleaning, is to carry on until new suppliers can be found. Carillion’s customers want to continue […]

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara to resume duties

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara to resume duties

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Jared O’Mara was suspended by the Labour Party in October MP Jared O’Mara is to resume duties in his constituency and Parliament after a 12-week absence, his office has said. The Sheffield Hallam MP was suspended by the Labour Party in October over misogynistic and homophobic comments he […]

Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in UK for the first time

Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in UK for the first time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bayeux Tapestry is 70m (230ft) long The Bayeux Tapestry is set to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it could leave its shores for the first time in 950 years, the BBC understands. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan during his visit […]

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Media captionTheresa May: A plan to ‘nurture’ environment Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the official watchdog – says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions […]

Brexit: Conservatives urge ‘unity’ ahead of EU bill vote

Brexit: Conservatives urge ‘unity’ ahead of EU bill vote

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives have urged MPs to show a “unity of purpose” and back their Brexit legislation in a key vote. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill gets its third reading in the House of Commons later before heading to the Lords. The draft legislation has already been the subject of highly-charged debate in […]