Politics

Jeremy Hunt has said neither he nor a member of the Treasury ‘set hares running’ as the source behind a story about the government considering a Swiss-style Brexit deal. Discussing the Sunday Times story suggesting the government favours a Swiss-style arrangement, the chancellor told the Commons Treasury Select Committee that he is “not the source
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This is a major blow for Nicola Sturgeon’s ambition to hold a second independence vote next October. It almost certainly rules out that plan.  But it’s not entirely surprising as the first minister’s own top law officer wasn’t fully convinced of the legal basis for Holyrood legislating for a referendum against Westminster’s approval. That is
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Rishi Sunak has visited Ukraine for the first time since becoming prime minister, meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. The two world leaders discussed Ukraine‘s military advances and reconstruction plans, and the British PM pledged a £50m package to bolster Ukrainian air defence. The package comprises 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter Iranian-supplied drones,
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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will accuse Iran of spreading “bloodshed and destruction” around the world as he reaffirms Britain’s determination to prevent it acquiring a nuclear weapon. Addressing an international security conference in Bahrain on Saturday, Mr Cleverly will warn that Iranian-supplied weapons are threatening security in the Middle East and beyond. He will point
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The UK’s economic outlook will be “challenging” for the next two years, Jeremy Hunt says. The chancellor presented his autumn statement to parliament on Thursday, littered with stealth taxes and curbs on government spending amounting to £55bn in an attempt to plug the black hole in the public finances. But the independent Office for Budget
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Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has told Sky News that the last few months of political turmoil have “upset” him and he wants MPs to get back to their day job of serving their constituents. Speaking to the Beth Rigby Interviews… programme, the Chorley MP said “we’ve never seen anything like this before” following turbulence
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A Tory MP should be suspended from the Commons for suggesting the standards commissioner’s potential peerage depended on ruling against him over lobbying breaches, the Standards Committee has recommended Andrew Bridgen should be suspended for five sitting days, the parliamentary committee that oversees the work of the standards commissioner said. The committee found the MP
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