Labour threat to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Image copyright PA Labour MPs are “likely” to be ordered to vote against any Brexit deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers plan, Sir Keir Starmer will say on Tuesday. The plans look set to fail the six tests the shadow Brexit secretary set for any deal with Brussels, he will say as he addresses the […]

Brexit: No 10 says cabinet ‘fully behind’ PM’s plan

Image copyright Reuters The cabinet remains fully behind Theresa May’s Brexit policy in the face of growing calls within her party to change direction, No 10 has insisted. The prime minister is sticking by her Chequers plan for future co-operation despite European leaders attacking it. She met senior ministers as pressure grows on her to […]

Labour conference: Starmer says EU remain option on the table

Image copyright EPA Labour’s Brexit spokesman has insisted the party could back another referendum that offered voters the chance to stay in the EU. Sir Keir Starmer said the party was “certainly not ruling out” such a move. He was speaking after shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he thought any vote should be on the […]

Labour conference: No new free schools or academies, Angela Rayner pledges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shadow education secretary will say the academy system is ‘not fit for purpose’ Labour would “immediately” end the government’s academy and free schools programme in England, the shadow education secretary has said. Angela Rayner told the party conference in Liverpool the current system is “simply not fit for […]

Brexit: Flights ‘at risk’ under no-deal, government warns

Image copyright Reuters A no-deal Brexit could cause disruption to air travel between the UK and European Union countries, the government warned on Monday. This worst-case scenario is set out in the latest batch of documents outlining what what would happen to key industries if no agreement is reached. Bus and coach services to EU […]

Brexit: Pet travel warning in no-deal planning papers

Image copyright Getty Images Pet owners who want to take their animals to the EU face having to make plans at least four months in advance if there is no Brexit deal. This worst-case scenario is set out in the latest batch of government papers about planning for leaving the EU without a deal in […]

Labour plans to give tenants more power

Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. The law, in force since 1988, is thought to be the biggest cause of homelessness. Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey announced the policy at the party’s conference in Liverpool. Mr Healey also unveiled plans for a £20m fund […]

Labour conference: John McDonnell unveils shares plan for workers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn McDonnell says the new water firms will have “unprecedented levels of openness and transparency”. Labour would force all large firms to give workers shares worth up to £500 a year each, John McDonnell has said. In his main party conference speech, the shadow chancellor set out […]

Len McCluskey rounds on Chuka Umunna and Labour ‘plotters’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMcCluskey: ‘Chuka – drop the country club plotting’ Unite leader Len McCluskey has received a standing ovation at Labour’s conference for a fiery speech attacking MP Chuka Umunna and other “plotters”. He urged critics of Jeremy Corbyn to ignore calls for the formation of a “breakaway” centre […]