• 22 Oct 2018

    Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson has called for special protection for homeless people, saying as many as one in three end up getting physically attacked, abused and even sexually assaulted. Mr Anderson has called on the Home Secretary to make attacks on rough sleepers a hate crime. But homeless charities said that simply “changing the label” wouldn’t help.

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Julian Cole was a 19-year-old sports science student when he went for a night out in Bedford in 2013. He ended up brain damaged and paralysed after a scuffle with nightclub doormen and police officers. Now three of the Bedfordshire Police officers involved in his arrest have been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct. A…

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Theresa May says only 5% of the withdrawal agreement is left to negotiate with Brussels. But that fraction is the hardest bit – the issue of the Northern Ireland border. But as she spoke to MPs the Prime Minister knew that some of her harshest critics were not opposite her but on her own side. The fury that some…

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Theresa May’s perfect storm

    Theresa May says there’s only 5% of the deal still to go. But that 5% is sorting out the Northern Ireland border. And she has to sort it out as patience amongst her backbenchers and cabinet is fraying.

  • 21 Oct 2018

    The budget airline Ryanair is facing widespread outrage on social media after it apparently failed to remove a passenger who launched a racist tirade against a lady in the seat next to him and instead moved her. Another passenger filmed the incident which has now been watched over two million times online. Ryanair later said…

  • 19 Oct 2018

    Twenty men have been convicted of serious sexual offences, after a “campaign of rape and other sexual abuse” against vulnerable young girls in the Huddersfield area. A judge at Leeds Crown Court today lifted reporting restrictions on three separate trials, allowing the convictions to be reported for the first time.

  • 19 Oct 2018

    The deadline for submissions to the Home Secretary’s review of the Windrush scandal closed today, amid a row over the make-up of the advisory panel. Support groups have questioned the appointment of a senior civil servant who oversaw huge cuts to legal aid and a former immigration judge linked to the anti-immigration campaign group Migration Watch. But…

  • 19 Oct 2018

    The radical preacher Anjem Choudary is now in a London probation hostel after being released from prison.  He was jailed in 2016 on charges of inviting support for the militant Islamic State group. He’ll be subject to a strict supervision regime, including electronic tagging, a night-time curfew, restricted use of the internet or mobile phone, and not…

  • 17 Oct 2018

    The UK Government’s welfare reforms have been described as a “vehicle for cuts” by the Labour party, as they attempted to force ministers to publish what effects universal credit has had on people’s incomes.

  • 17 Oct 2018

    Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, and Conservative MEP, David Campbell Bannerman, discuss Brexit.

  • 17 Oct 2018

    A few hours ago at Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May clashed with Jeremy Corbyn, rejecting his claim that her Brexit Chequers plan was “dead”.

  • 17 Oct 2018

    The Court of Appeal resounded to singing and applause from anti-fracking campaigners today as three of their fellow activists walked free from prison.

  • 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.

  • 16 Oct 2018

    A Tory MP over-spent more than twice the legal limit during his 2015 general election campaign while trying to stop the then Ukip leader Nigel Farage becoming an MP, a court has heard. South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, along with his election agent Nathan Gray and Conservative party official Marion Little, are on trial alleged to have been complicit…

  • 16 Oct 2018

    In a marathon two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting this morning on the eve of a crucial EU summit, Theresa May told her ministers that if they united and stood firm over Brexit they could achieve a deal. It’s reported that the cabinet discussed the need for clarification over the thorny issue of the Irish border. Gary Gibbon and Matt…