• Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections World

    Renowned as one of the last Caribbean pristine islands.  Now the bulldozers are at work. World renowned seabird colonies and coral reefs. But the land is being flattened for an international airport. “We need our brothers and sisters to stand up and defend your birthright. This is our birthright. And it’s being taken away from us by a…

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections Business, Politics

    An American television presenter has claimed that African-American staff at Fox News are consistently marginalised – as he gave evidence to the competition watchdog investigating the proposed Fox takeover of Sky. Kelly Wright said there was a culture of systemic and institutional bias in America – declaring “it’s wrong and we are better than this”.…

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    The elections watchdog has opened an investigation into the Vote Leave campaign’s spending during the Brexit referendum, and into substantial donations which Vote Leave made to two other pro-Brexit campaign groups. The Electoral Commission said new information had come to light since it last reviewed spending limits earlier this year.  

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections Business, Politics

    Britain’s Brexit bill could be double the amount that Theresa May offered the EU in September. The critical cabinet committee in charge of making the decision has just finished meeting in Downing Street. The EU says without that promise of extra money, the talks won’t move on to the future trading relationship, and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has also warned Britain…

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections Germany, Politics, Uncategorised

    What does Merkel’s coalition crisis mean for Brexit?

    UK diplomats worry that prolonged uncertainty in Germany over the formation of a new government means that officials may take control of events and that hardens the German position. Some claim that it was German officials who shaped the setback at the European Council in October when the UK was deemed to have made insufficient…

  • Published on 19 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    In recent years the Sunday before a Budget has given the chancellor a day to visit TV studios giving gentle hints about who is about to benefit from his generosity with our money. Instead, Philip Hammond found himself today accused of denying that there are any unemployed people. To be fair to him, he didn’t…

  • Published on 19 Nov 2017 Sections

    Investigations are continuing to try to find out the cause of death of a woman, believed to missing 19-year-old Gaia Pope. A body was found yesterday afternoon, near Swanage, close to where some of Gaia Pope’s clothes were found on Thursday. Members of her family say they are absolutely devastated.

  • Published on 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former foreign secretary, discusses the migrant crisis and Brexit.

  • Published on 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    There has been a mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft above dense woodland in Buckinghamshire. Emergency services were called to the crash site where both aircraft came down close to Upper Winchendon near Aylesbury. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating.

  • Published on 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    European leaders meeting in Gothenburg have ratcheted up the pressure on Theresa May, by threatening to block trade negotiations at next month’s European Council summit. The Council President Donald Tusk warned that there needs to be “much more progress” towards an agreement on a Brexit divorce bill before any talks. And the Irish Taoiseach Leo…

  • Published on 16 Nov 2017 Sections

    Police have put the final death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire at 71, as they now believe they have recovered the last of the bodies. A still born baby boy was the youngest victim of the fire.

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017 Sections

    The seaside town of Grimsby voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union, but now Brexit is on the horizon, it’s being accused of avoiding the reality. Faced with the prospect of hefty tariffs and import duties, it’s now asking for special dispensation for its vital seafood industry. Remainers say they’re deploying double standards

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017 Sections Italy, Politics

    Italy’s Finance Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, is asked what he makes of one of today’s front pages, parading what it called the UK’s “Brexit mutineers”.

  • Published on 14 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    Ahead of next week’s budget, the demands for cash are already landing on the Chancellor’s desk. Today it was headteachers calling for more investment and college chiefs urging an end to the cuts. Mr Hammond’s own Tory colleague Jacob Rees-Mogg has also issued his own alternative financial manifesto, claiming there would be a huge dividend…

  • Published on 14 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    There’s been an unexpected pause in inflation. Instead of going up again, it has remained steady at 3%. Although food prices have risen, that’s been offset by a fall in the cost of fuel. But prices are still outstripping wages and the economic squeeze here is in sharp contrast with continental Europe, which reported strong…