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‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge

‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge

Media captionBridge designer Ian Firth and engineering expert Dave Parker on whether a bridge is feasible. Downing Street has said there are “no specific plans” for a bridge between the UK and France after Boris Johnson floated the idea of a “fixed link”. The UK foreign secretary reportedly ran the idea past French President Emmanuel […]

Labour’s candidates for general election target seats revealed

Labour’s candidates for general election target seats revealed

Image copyright Reuters In the afterglow of a better-than-expected general election result in 2017, Labour immediately set its sights on the path to government. One of the party’s first steps was to announce the ambition to select candidates in 75 target seats in England by Christmas. That’s more than the theoretical 64 seats they need […]

Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

Media captionTighter rules need for short term lets? Airbnb was born from two flatmates renting out their spare room in San Francisco for some extra cash, but now short-term lets have grown into a mass market. Research by the Residential Landlords Association published in December found the number of Airbnb rentals in London has increased […]

MoD ‘exposed financially’ by carrier and jet programme

MoD ‘exposed financially’ by carrier and jet programme

Image copyright PA Failure to deliver the UK’s aircraft carrier and jet programme on budget will put other defence projects at risk, ministers have been warned. A Public Accounts Committee report said defence budgets are “very strained”. The programme – two aircraft carriers, F-35 Lightning II jets and a new radar system – leaves the […]

Calais migrants: UK and France sign new treaty

Calais migrants: UK and France sign new treaty

Media captionPresident Macron: “I respect Brexit although I regret it” France and the UK have signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants in Calais, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on his first UK visit. After talks with UK PM Theresa May at Sandhurst military academy, he said the treaty would offer a […]

Theresa May meets Macron with pledge of extra £44m for border

Theresa May meets Macron with pledge of extra £44m for border

Image copyright AFP Emmanuel Macron is in the UK for talks with Theresa May on his first visit since becoming French president. It comes as the UK announced an extra £44.5m to be spent beefing up Channel border security. The money will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other […]

Stormont: Fresh NI devolution talks announced

Stormont: Fresh NI devolution talks announced

Image copyright PA Image caption Karen Bradley, who was appointed last week, was joined by Irish deputy prime minister Simon Coveney A fresh round of talks aimed at restoring devolution in Northern Ireland has been announced by the Northern Ireland secretary. Talks involving all five main parties will begin next Wednesday, 24 January. Karen Bradley, […]

Nus Ghani is first Muslim woman minister to speak in Commons

Nus Ghani is first Muslim woman minister to speak in Commons

Media captionNus Ghani was answering a question on access to train stations Nus Ghani has made history by becoming the first female Muslim minister to speak from the Commons dispatch box. Recently appointed as Transport Minister, Ms Ghani was cheered as she addressed questions about station access for disabled people. Ms Ghani, Wealden MP since […]

Margaret Thatcher set to lose out in Parliament Square statue battle

Margaret Thatcher set to lose out in Parliament Square statue battle

Image copyright Fine Architecture Image caption The bronze statue has already been created Margaret Thatcher looks set to lose out to two pioneering feminists in the battle to be the first woman to have a statue in Parliament Square. Rival campaigns have battled for years to be first to put a statue of a woman […]

PFI deals ‘costing taxpayers billions’

PFI deals ‘costing taxpayers billions’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Highways England is considering using private finance for the £1.3bn tunnel near Stonehenge Financing projects such as schools and hospitals privately costs taxpayers billions of pounds more than public sector alternatives, parliament’s spending watchdog says. A report suggests a group of schools cost 40% more to build and a […]