David Lidington

Time for Theresa May to face down the Brexit rebels: Mirror Politics morning briefing

It has never been clear if Theresa May has a discernible strategy for Brexit.<p>The process has been so frantic and haphazard it has been difficult to …

UK Politics

D-Day looms as ministers convene for Brexit war Cabinet

Cabinet big hitters are gathering in the lavish grace-and-favour mansion Chequers today in a last-ditch attempt to thrash out the government’s final …

Brexit

Westminster is using Brexit to put devolution at risk. Scotland will not stand for it

The EU withdrawal bill contains a power grab of critical devolved areas such as fishing and farming – and even aspects of our independent justice system<p>• John Swinney is Scotland’s deputy first minister and Michael Russell is Scotland’s Brexit minister<p>The next few weeks are likely to be as …

United Kingdom

Upskirting: Why Is It Still Not A Criminal Offence?

'The Government has so far refused to take action to reform the law.'<p>The government is facing fresh calls from campaigners to make ‘upskirting’ an …

Lifestyle (UK)

Our obsession over Brexit is hurting the nation elsewhere

WRITING IN THE FT this week, Gideon Rachman said that the vote to leave the European Union has been so polarising that the two camps––Leave and …

Business (UK)

Tories could back votes for 16-year-olds, senior party figures suggest

Senior backbencher Sir Peter Bottomley says it is ‘question of when rather than if’ party will back policy<p>A growing number of Conservatives now back votes for 16-year-olds, with senior Tories predicting that the party could change its stance on younger voters before the next election.<p>Senior …

United Kingdom

UK criminal justice is at breaking point after years of unstable leadership

The criminal justice system in England and Wales is failing victims and witnesses to such an extent that MPs say it is now “close to breaking point”. …

UK Politics

Stopping Brexit would be ‘disastrous mistake’ Boris Johnson to warn Remainers

Boris Johnson will warn derailing Brexit would be a ‘disastrous mistake’ as he claims some Remain supporters are more determined than ever to stop …

India News

Boris Johnson to expose cabinet splits with Road to Brexit speech

Mr Johnson will send out a warning to some within his cabinet that continuing to comply with any EU laws post Brexit will be undemocratic and …

United Kingdom

'Mad' not to enjoy Brexit freedoms - Johnson

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned it would be "mad" to end up with a Brexit settlement that does not allow the UK to enjoy the …

United Kingdom

Ministers sideline MEPs on EMF — Oxfam’s growing nightmare — Croatian PM interview

Voiced by Amazon Polly<p>Welcome to the Brussels Playbook by Ryan Heath with Harry Cooper | Listen to today’s Playbook and view it in your browser<p><b>RIP</b></b> …

Europe

Philip Hammond's rainbow tour and Boris Johnson's divergence speech to set government's tone on Brexit

The chancellor Philip Hammond will embark on a tour of EU capitals over the next fortnight, as his cabinet colleagues prepare to deliver a series of …

Brexit

EU member states at odds over "hard line" Brexit stance

EU member states are increasingly at odds over the "hard line" taken by France, Germany and the Commission over the UK's future trade deal, it has …

Brexit

Brexit Bulletin: Are We Nearly There Yet?

<i>Sign up to get the Brexit Bulletin in your inbox, and follow @Brexit on Twitter.</i><p>Almost 20 months after the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving …

United Kingdom

Carillion prison and army contracts saved as job losses near 1,000

Workers who were employed by Carillion in prisons and on defence bases have been transferred to new providers, saving 4,418 jobs.<p>The facilities management contracts which had been run by Carillion in prisons, and agreements to clean barracks and serve food to the armed forces will continue.<p>However, …

Business

Whitehall taps Deloitte to monitor troubled outsourcer Interserve

Sky News has learnt that Deloitte has been engaged by the Cabinet Office to review the Government's exposure to Interserve, which is engaged in talks …

United Kingdom

Boris love-bombs — Oxfam showdown — May to Belfast

Voiced by Amazon Polly<p><b>By JACK BLANCHARD</b><p><b>Good Monday morning.</b><p><b>SCOOP — NEW STARTS I:</b> Twitter’s public face in the U.K., Nick Pickles, is headed way out …

United Kingdom

Theresa May's Tories to be 'decimated' unless she 'gets her Brexit act together'

Theresa May has been warned by a top Tory donor the party could be “decimated” unless she gets her act together over Brexit .<p>Amid growing anger that …

UK Politics

Haiti abuse scandal — Cost of nationalization — Boiling lobsters

<i>Sunday Crunch is compiled today by Tom McTague and James Randerson.</i><p><b>5 THINGS TO KNOW</b><p><b>Aid scandal deepens</b>: Oxfam is in deep trouble, but it may not be …

United Kingdom

Brexit Countdown: with 411 days to go Brits living in the EU don't know what the future holds

Brits living in Europe who thought Theresa May had secured their future now realise she didn’t.<p>When the PM closed the deal on phase one in December …

United Kingdom

Spankings, daily romps and kinky slaves: Seedy landlords exposed after offering 'sex for rent' deals to vulnerable women

An explosion in sex-for-rent adverts is revealed today after an undercover reporter was asked to offer herself for spanking, daily romps and become a …

UK Politics

Theresa May to drag warring ministers to Chequers to thrash out a position on Brexit

Theresa May is to drag her warring ministers to Chequers to thrash out a position on Brexit.<p>The PM’s summit at the retreat this month aims to settle …

United Kingdom

Bad blood scandal: Judge promises 'thorough examination' after being appointed to lead inquiry

An inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal will provide “well-needed answers” to victims and their families, the judge leading it has vowed.<p>Mr …

I never thought I’d say it but Jeremy Corbyn manipulates PMQs brilliantly

It was a dull session of Prime Minister’s Questions. The House of Commons was nowhere near full. Conservative MPs cheered Theresa May dutifully but …

Opinion (UK)

Brexit war Cabinet meets as Brussels document reveals plan to restrict Single Market access, block trade talks during transition

Theresa May's Brexit war Cabinet meets today, as a EU document reveals Brussels is looking at ways to restrict access to the Single Market during a …

United Kingdom

Government reveals it has already put £150m aside for Carillion fallout, as Middle Eastern contractor denies withholding payment

The Government has already spent £150m on financing the wind down of Carillion, it was revealed late on Wednesday, as the Qatari company which has been blamed for its downfall hit back at claims that it had withheld payments.<p>David Lidington, minister for the Cabinet Office, told MPs at a …

Business

Carillion executives accused of giving misleading evidence to MPs

Qatar’s Msheireb Properties disputes claim of unpaid bill over 2022 World Cup project<p>Former executives of Carillion have been accused by one of the defunct construction firm’s largest customers of giving misleading evidence to a parliamentary inquiry this week.<p>The comments came after seven former …

Business

Holiday homes tax 'loophole' to be examined, minister says

<b>The government is looking into a "loophole" that allows owners of holiday homes to avoid paying council tax and business rates.</b><p>They can convert to business use and enjoy small business rate relief to avoid both charges.<p>Tory MP for St Austell and Newquay Steve Double said councils in tourist areas …

UK Politics

Same-sex marriage: Here’s how Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn’s teams voted on equal marriage

It’s been five years since the UK Parliament voted for same-sex marriage – and here’s how the current Cabinet voted.<p>MPs were given a free vote on the …

LGBTQI

Press release: PM chairs inaugural meeting of the Housing Implementation Taskforce

Prime Minister Theresa May today chaired the inaugural meeting of the Housing Implementation Taskforce – a cross-government working group attended …

United Kingdom