UK government funds Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band

UK government funds Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band

Image caption Matthew Herbert destroyed some instruments on BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears A musician who wants to tour Europe to heal the “huge divisions” caused by Brexit has been given a grant by the UK Department for International Trade. Matthew Herbert said he wanted to correct the impression created by Leave campaigners that […]






Labour suspends deputy leader Alex Rowley during conduct probe

Labour suspends deputy leader Alex Rowley during conduct probe

Image copyright PA Image caption Alex Rowley has been absent from Holyrood in recent weeks because of a chest infection Scottish Labour has suspended MSP Alex Rowley from the party at Holyrood amid claims about his conduct. The Fife MSP stepped aside from his roles as interim and deputy leader after allegations he had sent […]






Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not […]






Brexit rebels reject ‘mutineers’ attack

Brexit rebels reject ‘mutineers’ attack

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Nicky Morgan, Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry featured in the Telegraph’s list Rebel Conservative MPs have brushed off criticism of their opposition to the government’s approach towards Brexit. Several Tories say they will vote against a bid to enshrine an exact date for Brexit in law. Their stance […]






Scottish Labour interim leader Alex Rowley steps aside over conduct claims

Scottish Labour interim leader Alex Rowley steps aside over conduct claims

Image copyright PA Image caption Alex Rowley has been absent from Holyrood in recent weeks because of a chest infection Scottish interim Labour leader Alex Rowley has stepped aside from the role amid claims about his conduct, the party has said. In a statement, Mr Rowley rejected the allegations and said he would work to […]






Supreme Court backs minimum alcohol pricing

Supreme Court backs minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not […]






UK pay squeeze tightens but unemployment dips

Wages continue to lag behind the cost of living in the UK, while unemployment remains at a 42-year low. Workers’ earnings, excluding bonuses, rose 2.2% in the three months to September compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said. But they fell 0.5% in real terms when accounting for inflation, marking seven […]






Carl Sargeant’s family ‘overwhelmed’ by support

Carl Sargeant’s family ‘overwhelmed’ by support

Image caption An inquest into Carl Sargeant’s death was opened on Monday The family of former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant have said they have been “overwhelmed” by the support they have received since his death. It is understood he took his own life four days after being sacked over claims of inappropriate behaviour. His […]






Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Media captionWhat’s going on with the EU Withdrawal Bill? Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to […]






IPPR calls for guaranteed public sector pay rise

IPPR calls for guaranteed public sector pay rise

Image copyright PA The government should guarantee public sector pay rises to ease the wages squeeze on vital public services employees, the IPPR has said. Public sector pay should either rise in line with inflation or private sector pay, the centre-left think tank added. The GMB union backed the call, saying the policy would encourage […]