• 17 Oct 2018

    EU summit – Barnier calls for calm

    Theresa May has 30 minutes to outline her case to EU leaders tonight. She will not be coming with “new concrete proposals” as Donald Tusk requested.

  • 12 Oct 2018

    The clamour from all sides to intervene in the national rollout of Universal Credit is rising. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, faces calls to open the country’s chequebook ahead of his budget at the end of the month. Yesterday, Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said she accepts many people would be significantly worse off. Today the Times reported…

  • 12 Oct 2018

    Channel 4 News podcast: Former Chancellor says there will be no Brexit bonus – and admits mistakes on immigration

  • 10 Oct 2018

    Theresa May summons Ministers for special Brexit meeting

    A special Downing Street meeting on Brexit for Cabinet Ministers tomorrow. As talks reach a crucial phase, what does Theresa May want to tell them?

  • 7 Oct 2018

    The third largest party in the United Kingdom, the Scottish National Party, begins its annual conference in Glasgow today. Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, has said her MPs would back a new referendum on the Brexit deal, the so-called People’s Vote. Scotland Correspondent Ciaran Jenkins reports from Glasgow.

  • 6 Oct 2018

    At the forefront of the battle against poverty for more than a century: Toynbee Hall in London’s East End has helped to pioneer social reform. And with a recent report finding more than one in ten people in the UK live in persistent poverty – its work has never been more crucial. The Victorian building…

  • 6 Oct 2018

    The sexual assault allegations encircling President Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Judge haven’t stopped his progress to the benches of America’s highest court. He denies the allegations. Last night a number of key Senators backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment for the lifetime job. He’s set to be confirmed in a Senate vote later this evening.…

  • 6 Oct 2018

    A former senior civil servant has said that assessments for disability benefits need to be completely overhauled. Andrew McDonald, who now chairs the disability charity Scope, has experienced the process first hand – despite having Parkinson’s and terminal prostate cancer he was deemed not eligible for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). He said he was “shocked”…

  • 6 Oct 2018

    He’s the Israeli historian best known as the author of “Sapiens”, which looked at the evolution of humankind – and now Yuval Harari has published “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” a book warning us how to harness the greatest global revolution to date: the rise of artificial intelligence. Cathy Newman went to meet him…

  • 5 Oct 2018

    “The deficit is down by four-fifths” This is similar to a claim Theresa May made in 2017, when she said that since the Conservatives took office in 2010, “the deficit [had] fallen by three quarters as a share of GDP.” In her speech this week, the Prime Minister wasn’t quite so specific, but we’ll assume…

  • 3 Oct 2018

    May jiggles her hips before plunging into her speech

    The truth is that this moment was a necessary moment of challenge, but not a decisive one. Politics could all look very different in a few weeks’ time if Theresa May comes back with a deal from Brussels.

  • 30 Sep 2018

    It’s day one of the Conservative Party conference and the Prime Minister is calling on her party to unite for Brexit but that hasn’t stopped Boris Johnson calling her Chequers plan ‘deranged’. We’re in Birmingham to speak to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd about her party’s Brexit worries.

  • 30 Sep 2018

    Tory leadership hope to avoid conference brusing ahead of crucial EU talks

    EU officials were braced for some EU bashing at this week’s Tory Conference. Jeremy Hunt certainly delivered that. The born again Leaver compared the EU to the old Soviet bloc countries that built walls to keep their people in. It’s hard to imagine a line of argument that could be more guaranteed to offend many EU…

  • 30 Sep 2018

    After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court following a late call from Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against President Trump’s nominee. It comes after emotional testimony from Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who says she was assaulted…

  • 29 Sep 2018

    We’re in Birmingham on the eve of the Tory Party conference as internal rows, warnings from business about Brexit and a leaky app which revealed MP’s private information to the public threaten to overshadow the event before it begins.