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UKIP leader Henry Bolton hits out at national executive committee

UKIP leader Henry Bolton hits out at national executive committee

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Bolton, who took over as UKIP leader in September, has resisted calls to step down UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said the party’s national executive committee (NEC) has no right to sit in judgement on his personal life. And he warned that UKIP faced extinction if the NEC voted […]

Brexit: ‘Irresponsible’ to threaten Welsh refusal of consent to EU bill

Brexit: ‘Irresponsible’ to threaten Welsh refusal of consent to EU bill

Image caption Carwyn Jones has claimed the terms of Brexit could result in Wales losing power to Westminster Carwyn Jones is “irresponsible” to suggest the Welsh Assembly could refuse to back the EU Withdrawal Bill, a former Brexit minister has said. The first minister called the bill “a fundamental assault on devolution” because powers would […]

James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery

James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery

Image copyright James Brokenshire Image caption James Brokenshire paid tribute to NHS doctors, nurses and support staff, saying they were ‘absolutely outstanding’ Former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has undergone lung surgery. Mr Brokenshire tweeted that he had been discharged from hospital on Saturday morning. The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup stood down from […]

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

Image copyright Getty Images The government will stop workers’ pensions being put at risk from “executives who try to line their own pockets”, the prime minister has said. In the Observer, Theresa May said a government white paper would set out “tough new rules” for company bosses. It comes as construction firm Carillion’s collapse could […]

Blue badge scheme could be extended to autism and dementia sufferers

Blue badge scheme could be extended to autism and dementia sufferers

People with dementia and autism could get blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals. It is hoped that providing the permits for those with hidden disabilities will create equality between the treatment of physical and mental health. The Department for Transport said at the moment only certain councils were recognising hidden disabilities. […]

Macron says ‘special’ UK deal possible

Macron says ‘special’ UK deal possible

Media captionPresident Macron: “You can’t have full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box” French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could get a special trade deal with the EU after Brexit. But he warned that Britain would not have full access to the single market without accepting its rules. […]

Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos

Theresa May to meet Donald Trump in Davos

Image copyright EPA Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump will meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, Downing Street has confirmed. It comes after Mr Trump cancelled plans to open the new $1bn (£720m) US Embassy in London next month. The White House said Mr Trump “looks forward” to strengthening […]

Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits

Ministers back down in legal battle over disability benefits

Ministers have backed down in a row over paying higher disability benefits to 164,000 people by saying they will not contest a High Court decision. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said she would not appeal December’s judgment over payments to people with mental health conditions. Ministers had sought to limit those suffering psychological distress […]

UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

Image copyright PA A leading UKIP politician has quit the party saying its leader Henry Bolton is “not the right person for the job” and its influence over Brexit is waning. Jonathan Arnott, MEP for the North East of England, said he had lost confidence in Mr Bolton but thought no better of those “jockeying” […]

John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

John Worboys release will not be challenged by government

Media captionJustice Secretary David Gauke says there will not be a judicial review The government will not challenge the decision to release rapist John Worboys, the justice secretary says. David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the Parole Board’s ruling to free Worboys after less than 10 years. […]

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