Politics

Corbyn: Labour's Brexit position not confusing
Corbyn: Labour's Brexit position not confusing

The Labour leader says he accepts the UK will leave the EU but he will not allow the country to "go off a cliff in March 2019".

Jeremy Corbyn has denied that Labour's position on Brexit is "confusing" as he ruled out support for a second referendum.

The Labour leader said his party accepted the UK was formally leaving the European Union but it would not allow the country to "go off a cliff in March 2019".

"Our position is tha...

December 29, 2017

 Alabama certifies Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Senate special election
Alabama certifies Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Senate special election

Alabama's state canvassing board has officially certified the results of the Dec. 12 special election, effectively declaring Democrat Doug Jones the winner.

"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation," Jones said in a statement after the certification. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on tr...

December 29, 2017

 Donald Trump says US could use 'little bit of that good old global warming'
Donald Trump says US could use 'little bit of that good old global warming'

In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!

The quote echoed previous Trump comments where he cited currently cold weather and labeled global warming an "expensive hoax" in 2013.

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Ange...

December 29, 2017

 Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore
Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Jones said in a statement that he looked forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year.

"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation," he said. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all."

In a brief meeting Thursd...

December 29, 2017

 Cases could open door to pension cuts for California workers
Cases could open door to pension cuts for California workers

For decades in California, a sacrosanct rule has governed public employees' pensions: Benefits promised can never be taken away.

The lawsuits have enormous implications for California cities, counties, schools, fire districts and other local bodies facing a sharp rise in their pension costs.

At issue is the "California Rule," which dates to court rulings beginning in 1947. It says workers enter a contract with their employer on ...

December 29, 2017

 Trump, in Washington, stays close to home
Trump, in Washington, stays close to home

After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center; hasn't been to a sporting event; hasn't toured most of the sights.

It's one of the peculiarities of the Trump presidency and one of a long list of ways in which he's changing the office, as well as its relationship with Washingt...

December 29, 2017

 Trump's Clinton tweets cut against Comey firing explanation
Trump's Clinton tweets cut against Comey firing explanation

Yet with each tweet about the Clinton probe, Trump seems to be further undermining his administration's stated rationale for a termination that's now central to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

The disconnect between Trump's attacks on Comey's handling of the email investigation and the criticism of Comey by his own Justice Department could muddy the explanation for exactly why Comey was fired, and may complicate ...

December 29, 2017

 Trump has signed fewest bills into law, nonpartisan group says
Trump has signed fewest bills into law, nonpartisan group says

According to an analysis by the nonpartisan GovTrack.us, which keeps track of legislation, Trump’s claim of signing the most new legislation has not been true since his 101st day.

In fact, Trump has actually signed the fewest bills of any recent president at this point in office – dating at least as far back as President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

During a surprise visit to a West Palm Beach fire station on Wednesday surrounded by ...

December 29, 2017

 Trump, in Washington, doesn't get out much
Trump, in Washington, doesn't get out much

After living in Washington for nearly a year, President Donald Trump has yet to enjoy a single non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't taken in a performance at the Kennedy Center; hasn't been to a sporting event; hasn't toured most of the sights.

It's one of the peculiarities of the Trump presidency and one of a long list of ways in which he's changing the office, as well as its relationship with the Dist...

December 29, 2017

 Few options for Roy Moore as Alabama certifies Jones win
Few options for Roy Moore as Alabama certifies Jones win

The state's Republican governor, secretary of state and attorney general on Thursday certified Jones' win by 21,924 votes, a margin of 1.6 percent, over Moore. Jones is scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 3, when Congress returns from break. Jones' win came after Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.

In a Thursday statement, Moore seemed close— or at least closer — to ackno...

December 29, 2017

 Alabama certifies Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Senate special election
Alabama certifies Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Senate special election

Alabama's state canvassing board has officially certified the results of the Dec. 12 special election, effectively declaring Democrat Doug Jones the winner.

"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation," Jones said in a statement after the certification. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on tr...

December 29, 2017

 Corey Lewandowski responds to sexual assault allegation
Corey Lewandowski responds to sexual assault allegation

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is speaking out against allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I think as someone who has been through this, you understand that there is a due process and there is a process which they will go through to determine a person’s innocence," Lewandowski told Fox Business’ Charles Payne today, adding, "I think you’ve been through, and you understand it and you respect it.”

Joy Villa, a Tr...

December 29, 2017

 12 dead in massive apartment fire in New York City
12 dead in massive apartment fire in New York City

Calling the blaze "one of the worst loss-of-life fires in many, many years," de Blasio said another four people were critically injured and "fighting for their lives."

The fire is the deadliest in New York City -- excluding the Sept. 11 attacks -- since the Happy Land fire at a nightclub in the Bronx in March 1990, which killed 87 people.

Six people, including the four in critical condition, were taken to the hospital from the...

December 29, 2017

 Donald Trump says US could use 'little bit of that good old global warming'
Donald Trump says US could use 'little bit of that good old global warming'

In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!

The quote echoed previous Trump comments where he cited currently cold weather and labeled global warming an "expensive hoax" in 2013.

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Ange...

December 29, 2017

17 things I won't miss about 2017
17 things I won't miss about 2017

From Harvey Weinstein to unicorn lattes and ‘millennial pink’, here are all the things I’ll be waving a grateful goodbye to as we head into the new year

From Harvey Weinstein to unicorn lattes and ‘millennial pink’, here are all the things I’ll be waving a grateful goodbye to as we head into the new year

December 29, 2017

EU chief mocks 'so important' blue passports
EU chief mocks 'so important' blue passports

The former Belgian prime minister responds on Twitter, criticising the UK Government's decision to revert back to blue passports.

Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has taken a swipe at the UK’s decision to revert to blue passports following its break from the European bloc.

The former Belgian prime minister posted a photo of bright blue European Union passports piled up alongside each other with the caption: "If we had known in adv...

December 27, 2017

'Outpouring of kindness' after Cox's Xmas plea
'Outpouring of kindness' after Cox's Xmas plea

The plea by the widower of a murdered Labour MP sparks heartfelt responses echoing calls to make the most of time with loved ones.

Jo Cox's widower has spoken of an "outpouring of kindness" after he urged people to use Christmas Eve to tell their loved ones how much they love them.

Brendan Cox, whose Labour MP wife was murdered by a far-right fanatic in June 2016, received hundreds of messages after his comments.

He wrote: "W...

December 27, 2017

Brexit MPs suggest UK visa charges for EU nationals
Brexit MPs suggest UK visa charges for EU nationals

It is claimed such an initiative would raise £150m a year, and provide a "wealth of information" to boost security.

A group of Leave-backing Conservative MPs is suggesting that European nationals should be charged £10 for a visa to enter the UK after Brexit.

A report written by Tory MP Craig Mackinlay proposes a system similar to America's ESTA programme.

Mr Mackinlay's report is being backed by the Brexit-leaning Europe...

December 27, 2017

Green accused of 'smear' on woman who accused him
Green accused of 'smear' on woman who accused him

Journalist Kate Maltby says she is considering legal action after claiming she was misrepresented in a national newspaper.

The former first secretary of state and de facto deputy prime minister Damian Green has been accused of plotting to discredit the woman who accused him of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Ms Maltby has accused Mr Green of touching her knee at a pub in 2015, and also claims he once sent her a suggestive text m...

December 27, 2017

Prisoners paid compensation for lost property
Prisoners paid compensation for lost property

More than £850,000 was awarded over the last four years for items including a dressing gown, hair clippers and trainers.

Prisoners have received hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayer-funded compensation for lost or damaged property.

Over 10,000 payouts have been made since 2013 for items including a dressing gown, hair clippers and trainers.

A Freedom of Information request from the Press Association showed more than &#...

December 27, 2017