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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...

BBC, yesterday, 18:57
 
Farage: Assange meeting claims 'are nonsense'

Farage: Assange meeting claims 'are nonsense'

Nigel Farage has dismissed as "conspiratorial nonsense" claims made to a US committee that he had more than one meeting with Julian Assange. The former UKIP leader was seen leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Mr Assange is...

BBC, yesterday, 16:44
 

SNP rejects claims of ‘Trump-like’ party political broadcast

The SNP has balked at claims by a senior Liberal Democrat politician that their latest party political broadcast (PPB) was misleading in claims about the party’s record, and included a ‘Trump-esque’ attack on a journalist. Alex Cole-Hamilton, Lib Dem...

Scotsman, yesterday, 15:04
 
UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party

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...

BBC, yesterday, 14:49
 

Nicola Sturgeon congratulated New Zealand PM over pregnancy

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated New Zealand's prime minister after she announced that she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, wrote on Twitter that she and her partner Clarke Gayford were expecting a...

Scotsman, yesterday, 14:40
 
Smiling Macron and May pose for selfie

Smiling Macron and May pose for selfie

Theresa May illustrated her new "entente chaleureuse" with Emmanuel Macron by tweeting a smiling "selfie" with the French president. The two leaders finished their summit with an evening reception at London's Victoria and Albert...

BBC, yesterday, 14:25
 

Wife of police boss Phil Gormley speaks out in misconduct row

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley has not been interviewed about misconduct claims seven months after the allegations were first made, his wife has said. Claire Gormley, herself a former police officer, spoke out in defence of her husband,...

Scotsman, yesterday, 13:44
 

Boris Johnson proposes bridge across the English Channel

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of a second crossing for the English Channel after top-level talks between the UK and France. The Foreign Secretary said “good connections” were important to the relationship between the two countries and wondered...

Scotsman, yesterday, 13:44
 
Brexit: The history of the Tories' influential European Research Group

Brexit: The history of the Tories' influential European Research Group

Described last September by its then-chair Suella Fernandes as "a group of MPs who are supporting the government to deliver a Brexit which works for everybody", the European Research Group (ERG) has been around for years, but who are they...

BBC, yesterday, 12:46
 

Leonard pledges to "boot out" PFI deals from Scotland's NHS

Labour leader Richard Leonard has pledged to scrap costly PFI deals in Scottish hospitals with a call to for the deals to be "booted out" of the NHS. It emerged today that Labour MSP Jenny Marra will bring forward a Bill at Holyrood in the...

Scotsman, yesterday, 12:34
 
Candidates invited to complete nomination form for Stowe ward by-elections in Lichfield

Candidates invited to complete nomination form for Stowe ward by-elections in Lichfield

Prospective candidates are being invited to throw their hat into the ring to become a new councillor for the Stowe ward on Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council. A by-election will take place on February 22 if the votes are contested....

Lichfield Live, yesterday, 12:21
 

Call to curb disruption caused by holiday lets like Airbnb

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...

BBC, yesterday, 11:20
 

What are the odds of Trump surviving 2018 in office? An expert crunches the numbers

Donald Trump has been under constant fire from critics since he began his campaign in the summer of 2015, and his presidency has so far been perhaps the most chaotic and bizarre in recent decades, writes Christoph Siemroth. But as he approaches the...

Scotsman, yesterday, 10:58
 

Poll: Scots want private school charity status axed

Most Scots want private schools to be stripped of their charitable status, according to a new poll. A YouGov survey of 1,002 adults for The Times found that 73 per cent believe fee-paying schools should lose their charitable status. Only 13 per cent...

Scotsman, yesterday, 10:42
 
Labour's candidates for general election target seats revealed

Labour's candidates for general election target seats revealed

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...

BBC, yesterday, 10:12
 


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