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  • What does Theresa May actually want?

    Theresa May comes into this summit deeply disappointed at the EU’s lack of haste in talks and its stubborn refusal to move on from discussing exit terms to trade talks. But imagine this. Theresa May is sitting in the dinner tonight and when her moment comes to address the other EU leaders makes a compelling…

  • Published on 18 Oct 2017

    A number of Grenfell survivors were among hundreds of Kensington and Chelsea residents who had another testy meeting last night with the tenant management organisation. There are concerns about how the council plans to change the way they run social housing in the borough. But some residents say they now have an opportunity to take…

  • Actors with learning difficulties often struggle to get more than a token role in films or on stage. Now a new play is about to break new ground by giving a woman with Down’s Syndrome a starring role. The play, Joy, has been specially written for actors with disabilities… and without.  

  • Domestic violence shatters lives, yet more than 1,000 women have been turned away from refuges since the start of this year,  according to new figures. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has also found that cash-strapped councils have cut their funding for domestic violence shelters by almost a quarter since 2010, leaving many vulnerable women with nowhere to go.…

  • A month ago Hurricane Maria left a swathe of destruction as it tore through the Caribbean. Right in its path was the tiny island of Dominica, one of the poorest in the region and a former British territory. It’s estimated around 30 people died when the category five storm hit. Thom Walker travelled to Dominica…

  • Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams discusses the Commons vote on universal credit.

  • Kenya’s presidential election re-run , due in eight-days-time, is in trouble. The head of the election commission has said it is “difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election” after an official fled the country saying she feared for the safety of polling staff. The August election, in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the…

  • Tomorrow Theresa May sets off for her second trip in a week to Brussels, where she will address EU leaders on Brexit. In the Commons today she insisted the option of walking away without a deal must remain on the table. But her visit comes as her government’s EU withdrawal bill, which transfers EU legislation…

  • For 12 days, President Trump remained silent about the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger. Two days ago, he was asked why. He answered by accusing former presidents of not calling the families of fallen soldiers, saying he’d written letters and would call. Now he has called the widow of one of the soldiers,…

  • Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke discusses universal credit.  

  • MPs have been debating the pros and cons of universal credit all afternoon.

  • The Prime Minister set out today to stave off any rebellion over the universal credit rollout by announcing a u-turn on the premium rate telephone helpline for claimants. Within a month it’ll be free. Labour had wanted a pause to the changes, amid claims that it will leave some people destitute. Andy Davies has been to Bath to…

  • It’s not clear that people on the cheapest phone tariffs would have had to pay 55p a minute to call the helpline – if at all.

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017

    Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs that the UK is reaching the limits of  “what we can achieve” without beginning talks about trade. And he urged EU leaders to give his counterpart Michel Barnier the green light to do so at this week’s EU summit. This followed Theresa May’s EU dinner last night, after…

  • The head of MI5 has described the scale and pace of the current terror threat as the highest he’s ever seen. In the first on-camera briefing to journalists in the agency’s history, Andrew Parker said attacks are now able to accelerate from plan to intent within days.