Politics

MPs' security costs skyrocket after Jo Cox murder
MPs' security costs skyrocket after Jo Cox murder

The jump for 2016/17 of 14 times the previous year comes amid a 7% increase for total travel, accommodation and substience costs.

The amount of money MPs are spending on security has skyrocketed following the murder of Jo Cox, new figures show.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's latest accounts show MPs spent £2.5m on security in 2016/17 - up from £170,000 the previous year.

IPSA chair Ruth Evans s...

November 17, 2017

NHS 'faces worse winter over beds failure'
NHS 'faces worse winter over beds failure'

A watchdog is warning hospitals could face "even greater pressures" this winter while deficits will soar beyond predicted levels.

The NHS faces an even greater challenge this winter because hospitals have failed to free up enough beds to cope with increased demand, the health service regulator has warned.

While hospitals have treated more patients in A&E than a year ago, NHS Improvement (NHSI) says wards remain full and targets to ...

November 17, 2017

'Brexit mutineer' MPs hit back at Telegraph
'Brexit mutineer' MPs hit back at Telegraph

Former ministers and rising stars unite to say the newspaper is "misleading" readers, defending their votes on the Brexit Bill.

Over a dozen Tory MPs have launched a fiery counter-offensive after being branded "Brexit mutineers" by the Daily Telegraph.

They said defying the Government's own addition to enshrine the exact date and time of Brexit looked like an "uncontroversial proposal" but could "accidentally harm our country's int...

November 17, 2017

Goldman boss tweets support for new Brexit vote
Goldman boss tweets support for new Brexit vote

The chief executive of Goldman Sachs has again tweeted to comment on Brexit in remarks that risk a political backlash.

The boss of US investment bank Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, has used his latest Twitter post on Brexit to suggest a second referendum is held.

He wrote: "Here in UK, lots of hand-wringing from CEOs over #Brexit. Better sense of the tough and risky road ahead. Reluctant to say, but many wish for a confirming vote...

November 17, 2017

MPs attack 'whitewash' over 'deformity drug'
MPs attack 'whitewash' over 'deformity drug'

A Government-led review into hormone pregnancy tests is branded a "betrayal" after being met with "disbelief" by campaigners.

MPs have attacked the findings of a Government-led review which suggested a drug given to pregnant women was not responsible for causing deformities to children.

Tory former health minister Anna Soubry told the House of Commons she smelled "something like a very large rat" and raised concerns about a cover-u...

November 17, 2017

Govt hints at retreat on formal Brexit date plan
Govt hints at retreat on formal Brexit date plan

Theresa May could be preparing to back down on her proposal to include the EU departure date into key Brexit legislation.

A senior Cabinet minister has hinted the Government could retreat on its plan to formally write a date for Brexit into UK law, amid a backlash from Tory MPs.

This week, as the bill returned to the House of Commons for line-by-line scrutiny by MPs, a sizeable number of Conservative backbenchers voiced their anger...

November 17, 2017

'Ransom' concerns in Zaghari-Ratcliffe case
'Ransom' concerns in Zaghari-Ratcliffe case

The Government is "exploring options" as it's suggested paying a long-standing debt could pave the way for the Briton's release.

Richard Ratcliffe wants the Government to pay a long-standing £450m debt to Iran to help free his wife Nazanin from jail. And who can blame him?

But Conservative MPs fear paying up now could make Britain look like it's paying a ransom for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release or even caving in to blackmail...

November 17, 2017

UK could settle £450m debt to free Iran mum
UK could settle £450m debt to free Iran mum

The money would not be a "price for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release" but a "goodwill gesture", says Sky's Alistair Bunkall.

The Government is considering settling an outstanding £450m debt with Iran as part of attempts to secure the release of British prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Sky News understands.

Foreign Office officials are trying to find ways to release the historical sum - owed for a cancelled arms deal in t...

November 17, 2017

Davis: UK hints at increase in £20bn Brexit offer
Davis: UK hints at increase in £20bn Brexit offer

The Brexit Secretary says Britain will make "political decisions" on an EU divorce payment before a crunch summit next month.

David Davis has hinted that Britain may raise its cash offer to the EU beyond £20bn in the next few weeks in order to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.

Speaking to an audience in Berlin on Thursday night, the Brexit Secretary revealed the UK "will come to" EU demands to increase its financial s...

November 17, 2017

 Meet the faces of the Trump 'resistance': Candidates spurred to action by president
Meet the faces of the Trump 'resistance': Candidates spurred to action by president

Democrats are seizing on big wins this November as a sign of hope for the future of their party. While it is true the big winners were overwhelmingly Democrats, the elections may have also introduced the country to a new brand of politician.

They’re fueled by their rejection of Trumpism and inspired by their own ideas of what makes America great. Many have never run for office, or even ever considered themselves “political,” but they ...

November 17, 2017

 The Note: Washington faces time of reckoning, joins national #MeToo moment
The Note: Washington faces time of reckoning, joins national #MeToo moment

It's often said that the capital is disconnected from the country, that official Washington is hopelessly out of touch with the nation it serves.

Where does Washington come in? The Capitol is a workplace, so new procedures there are an important start.

And it seems like we're closer to the beginning of Washington's involvement in this story than the middle or the end.

The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a ...

November 17, 2017

 Transgender service members and their families deal with fallout from Trump's tweets
Transgender service members and their families deal with fallout from Trump's tweets

Walker says she spoke with her superior and had his blessing before making an announcement to her colleagues during an all-hands meeting in July. It was “nerve wracking,” she said. Her wife, Brandie Walker, stood off to the side for support.

After Kiera Walker came out to the group as a trans woman, “There was a line to come over and shake my hand and tell me how courageous and brave it was to do that and how they’re supportive,” she ...

November 17, 2017

 Roy Moore: 'I'll quit standing when they lay me in that box and put me in the ground'
Roy Moore: 'I'll quit standing when they lay me in that box and put me in the ground'

McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, and a score of top Republicans have called on Moore to leave the race.

Moore called the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, false.

"They're not only untrue, but they have no evidence to support them," he said.

"I'll quit standing when they lay me in that box and put me in the ground," Moore said.

"The president said in his statement earlier this week that i...

November 17, 2017

 House Republicans pass tax plan that would cut corporate rate, add to deficit
House Republicans pass tax plan that would cut corporate rate, add to deficit

The proposal, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would add $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years, while decreasing the number of tax brackets and deductions, and slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, if it eventually becomes law.

House GOP leaders expected roughly a dozen Republicans to vote against the bill. At least nine Republicans from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey came out against the ...

November 17, 2017

 Interior secretary has not been keeping proper travel records: Watchdog
Interior secretary has not been keeping proper travel records: Watchdog

The office of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was warned Wednesday that an investigation into Zinke's official travel was delayed by "absent, or incomplete documentation," the latest snag in the months-long controversy over Trump administration officials' travel.

The Interior Department's inspector general issued the management advisory to Zinke's office, explaining that paperwork for the secretary's travel was insufficient and t...

November 17, 2017

 Meet the faces of the Trump 'resistance': Candidates spurred to action by president
Meet the faces of the Trump 'resistance': Candidates spurred to action by president

Democrats are seizing on big wins this November as a sign of hope for the future of their party. While it is true the big winners were overwhelmingly Democrats, the elections may have also introduced the country to a new brand of politician.

They’re fueled by their rejection of Trumpism and inspired by their own ideas of what makes America great. Many have never run for office, or even ever considered themselves “political,” but they ...

November 17, 2017

 Franken asks for ethics investigation of himself, apologizes in long statement
Franken asks for ethics investigation of himself, apologizes in long statement

Leeann Tweeden, who is a radio news anchor on Los Angeles station KABC (owned by Cumulus Media), wrote on KABC's website this morning that in 2006, when Franken was a comedian and not yet Minnesota's junior Democratic senator, he insisted on kissing her as part of a rehearsal for an act. He later groped her while she was asleep on a military plane on her way home from a USO tour, she also claimed.

Franken said in a statement today, "I...

November 17, 2017

 Roy Moore accuser: I got him banned from the mall
Roy Moore accuser: I got him banned from the mall

An Alabama woman who has accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually harassing her in the late 1970s said he was banned from the mall where she worked after she complained about his repeated, unwanted advances toward her.

“I went to my manager and talked to him about it and asked him, basically, what could be done,” Becky Gray told ABC News late Wednesday night. “Later on, he…came back through my department and told...

November 17, 2017

 Federal judge declares mistrial in Menendez's corruption case
Federal judge declares mistrial in Menendez's corruption case

"We have each tried to look at this case from different viewpoints, but still feel strongly in our positions, nor are we willing to move away from our strong convictions," jurors told U.S. District Judge William Walls when he polled them in his chambers.

The judge had earlier indicated he would not seek a partial verdict.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse in Newark, Menendez held back tears as he thanked his family,...

November 17, 2017

 Capitol Hill reacts to the Al Franken allegations
Capitol Hill reacts to the Al Franken allegations

The host, Leeann Tweeden also claimed he forcibly kissed her when they were performing together for troops overseas.

Franken has since apologized for the incident, writing in a statement Thursday, “While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.”

"As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Commit...

November 17, 2017