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Paul Nuttall: UKIP ‘mess’ will take time to sort out

Media captionUKIP’s Paul Nuttall on Hillsborough, Tranmere Rovers and PhD claims UKIP leader Paul Nuttall says he needs time to sort out the “mess” his party is in. Mr Nuttall urged UKIP to “stick together” after senior figures clashed following his Stoke by-election defeat. He said he took responsibility for inaccurate claims he lost close […]

ICO assessing political use of public’s private data

ICO assessing political use of public’s private data

Image copyright Getty Images The information watchdog is scrutinising the use of the public’s private data for political purpose following concerns over an analytics firm linked to the Leave.EU campaign. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it is assessing how data analytics impacts on data protection. It has raised concerns about reports linking Cambridge Analytica […]

Vocational training shake-up ‘most ambitious since A-levels’

Vocational training shake-up ‘most ambitious since A-levels’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Treasury said the £500m annual investment was needed to help young people get skilled work “as the UK prepares to leave the EU” Vocational and technical education in England is to get an extra £500m a year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the […]

Ministers urged to protect rights of EU citizens in UK

Ministers urged to protect rights of EU citizens in UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are 3.2 million UK residents who were born elsewhere in the EU The UK should make a unilateral decision to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK, according to a cross-party group of MPs. They say EU citizens who contribute to the UK economy should not […]

Assembly election: Sinn Féin hails ‘watershed’ result

Media captionSinn Féin says election is “watershed” moment which ended Stormont’s unionist majority Sinn Féin has hailed the assembly election as a “watershed” moment after the party came within one seat of drawing level with the DUP. Only 1,168 first preference votes separated the two parties and, for the first time, unionists do not have […]

Sinn Féin close the gap on DUP in NI Assembly

Sinn Féin close the gap on DUP in NI Assembly

Image copyright PA Image caption Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt is to resign after a poor Assembly election result for his party The Democratic Unionist Party has been narrowly returned as the biggest party but Sinn Féin was the biggest winner in the NI Assembly election. The party has come within a seat of drawing […]

Brexit: UK ‘not obliged’ to pay divorce bill say peers

Brexit: UK ‘not obliged’ to pay divorce bill say peers

Image copyright AP Image caption Talks on the UK’s exit are expected to start in the Spring The UK could exit the EU without paying anything if there is no post-Brexit deal, a group of peers has claimed. The government would be in a “strong” legal position if the two-year Article 50 talks ended with […]

Average English council tax bill to rise 4% – survey

Average English council tax bill to rise 4% – survey

Image copyright Getty Images Average council tax bills in England will rise by 4% in April, reaching almost £1,600 annually, a survey for public finance experts suggests. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy said households face the largest rise in a decade. There were 307 responses to its survey on bills for Band […]

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt is to resign

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt is to resign

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Walking away: Mike Nesbitt is to stand down as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt is to resign – the first major casualty of the Northern Ireland Assembly election. “The buck stops here,” he said, announcing his decision as the count continued and shortly after […]

PM Theresa May makes case for ‘our precious Union’

Media captionTheresa May made a strong defence of why the United Kingdom should remain intact Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her fellow Conservatives to continue “loudly and clearly” putting the case for the “precious Union” of the UK. During a speech to the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow she said “we are four […]