• Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections Northern Ireland

    Former Northern Ireland Secretary, Conservative MP Theresa Villiers, and former minister, Conservative peer Baroness Ros Altmann, discuss the Government’s proposals for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border.

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections

    “The public inquiry seems to be run by the Government, they can trim and decide what they want” – the words of one man who lost six members of his family in the Grenfell Tower fire and is still waiting for all of them to be formally identified. Nabil Choucair is frustrated at how long it’s taken…

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections

    At a cost of £3bn, and weighing in at 65,000 tonnes, the UK’s newest and biggest ship has been welcomed into its Portsmouth base.  Theresa May hailed the HMS Queen Elizabeth as a clear signal that Britain would remain a “fully engaged global power”. But critics have raised doubts, including the cost.

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections Politics

    The Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has resigned from the shadow cabinet as women and equalities spokesperson after what she called an “extremely poor choice of words” in a Sun newspaper article last week. She’d written an article about the grooming of girls by Asian men after the conviction of 18 people for child sexual exploitation in…

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections Northern Ireland

    Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney discusses the British Government’s proposals for the post-Brexit Irish border.  

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections Northern Ireland

    The border, they say, will be “frictionless”. No physical checkpoints, no number plate checks, instead special customs arrangements to keep trade flowing across the Irish border after Brexit. The Government’s paper calls for a new “customs partnership” with no tariff implications.

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    It was to have been a leafy vista spanning the river Thames. But the garden bridge has finally been scrapped after the Trust behind the scheme said it couldn’t go ahead without public cash. It blamed the London Mayor Sadiq Khan for failing to support it, but he hit back saying Londoners should be “very…

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    Soldier Ben Parkinson lost both his legs and suffered more than 40 injures when his Land Rover hit a mine in Afghanistan in 2006.   Today his recovery from that horrific ordeal and his charity work were honoured in his home town. Doncaster Council awarded him the freedom of the town in recognition of his “bravery,…

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation, and the journalist and author Peter Hitchens discuss drug tests at festivals.

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    It’s the summer and for hundreds of thousands that means a trip to a music festival. But along with beer and bands, illegal substances also feature for many gig goers. Now the Boomtown Fair in Hampshire has become one of the first festivals to offer on-site drug testing. But with drug deaths at a record…

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    Theresa May will return to work this week, after a walking holiday on the continent. Her Government is expected to publish more detail on the future of our relationship with Europe, including the UK’s negotiating position on customs arrangements and on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The first “future partnership” paper…

  • Published on 14 Aug 2017 Sections

    A silent march has been held in West London to commemorate the two month anniversary of the Grenfell fire. It comes as it’s emerged that up to 200 residents are still living in temporary accommodation.

  • Published on 13 Aug 2017 Sections

    Grime star J Hus has a chequered past – including a spell in prison and once being stabbed five times. Now he’s on the verge of international recognition – with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

  • Published on 13 Aug 2017 Sections Business, Politics

    Ministers who have been at polar opposites of the Brexit debate have joined forces to reassure businesses there’ll be no ‘cliff edge’ after Britain leaves the EU.

  • Published on 12 Aug 2017 Sections Politics

    Courtney Boateng was one of just 38 black British students accepted to Cambridge in 2015. She talks about the trolling she experienced after posting a YouTube video encouraging others like her to apply to Oxbridge.