First prison unit for extremists to open this summer

First prison unit for extremists to open this summer

Image copyright PA Three purpose-built blocks are to open within high-security jails to hold the most dangerous extremist prisoners away from other inmates. The Ministry of Justice said the blocks will have their own facilities and be able to hold up to 28 people in total. The first unit will open this summer at Frankland […]






General election 2017: Corbyn focuses on ‘super-sized’ classes

General election 2017: Corbyn focuses on ‘super-sized’ classes

Image copyright PA Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. Jeremy Corbyn said 40,000 primary age children were taught in classes of 36 or more in England in 2016, blaming “broken promises” by the government. But the Tories said the Labour […]






General Election 2017: May sticks with net migration pledge

General Election 2017: May sticks with net migration pledge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM visited a manufacturing company in Enfield on the first full day of general election campaigning Theresa May has indicated she will stick with the government’s long-running aim of reducing migration to below 100,000. The target, first set by David Cameron in 2010, has never been met and net […]






General Election 2017: Nigel Farage won’t stand as an MP

General Election 2017: Nigel Farage won’t stand as an MP

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not be standing in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP told the Daily Telegraph he could have had an “easy win” in the former UKIP seat of Clacton but had decided to “fight for Brexit in Europe” instead. Earlier he said he had not yet […]






Parties race to choose candidates

Parties race to choose candidates

Image copyright EPA Britain’s political parties are in a race against time to get candidates in place for the snap election. They had been working on the assumption that there would not be an election until May 2020, but now have just three weeks to put names forward. Any British, Irish or eligible Commonwealth citizen […]






Unite ‘suspends’ Len McCluskey challenger Gerard Coyne

Unite ‘suspends’ Len McCluskey challenger Gerard Coyne

Image copyright PA Gerard Coyne – the man challenging Len McCluskey for the leadership of Unite – has been suspended from his job as a regional official with the union. The move comes as counting is about to get under way in the union’s leadership ballot. Mr Coyne, who is seen as the anti-Jeremy Corbyn […]






General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I don’t play by the establishment’s rules” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” by putting power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”. In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June’s poll was not a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the […]






Douglas Carswell will not stand in general election

Douglas Carswell will not stand in general election

Former UKIP – and now independent – MP Douglas Carswell says he will not be standing in the UK general election. The Clacton MP said he would be backing the Conservative candidate in the constituency at 8 June’s poll. He was the only UKIP candidate to be elected as an MP at the 2015 general […]






Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Nigel Farage ‘weighing up’ whether to stand to be MP

Media captionNigel Farage will decide “in next few days” whether to stand Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he has not decided yet whether to stand in the General Election on 8 June. The MEP says he has to weigh up “where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit” […]






Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid

Image copyright EPA Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May has refused to say […]