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Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. […]

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

£350m Brexit claim was ‘too low’, says Boris Johnson

Image copyright Getty Images The controversial claim that the UK sends £350m a week to the EU was a “gross underestimate”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said. He told the Guardian the UK’s contribution was already £362m a week and would rise to £438m by the end of the post-Brexit transition period. Vote Leave’s claim […]

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

MPs’ ‘grave concern’ about returning Rohingya people

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Rohingya have been forced to live in camps MPs have raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar. The Commons International Development Committee said it was “clear” that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of war used by the Burmese military. […]

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Product safety flaws ‘exposed by Whirlpool danger dryers’

Media captionA fire in Shepherd’s Bush in London began with a faulty tumble dryer The saga over millions of fire-risk tumble dryers has exposed a wider failure in the UK’s product safety system, according to MPs. Whirlpool’s response to the defect affecting 5.3 million machines had been “woeful”, the Business Committee said. It was unacceptable […]

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Momentum founder Jon Lansman voted on to Labour’s NEC

Image caption Jon Lansman has been a key figure on the left of the party for four decades Jeremy Corbyn has extended his influence over Labour’s governing body following elections to the National Executive Committee. Jon Lansman, the founder of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group which wants more grassroots say over policy, was among three new […]

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Carillion collapse raises job fears

Image copyright Getty Images Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK’s second biggest construction company. Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up […]

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

Media captionLeader of UKIP tells Today Jo Marney views not in line with her ‘core beliefs’ UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he has ended his relationship with his girlfriend after she reportedly made racist comments about Meghan Markle. He said their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his role as party leader but he had […]

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Developing countries warned UK could cut foreign aid

Image copyright PA The UK could cut its aid to developing countries that fail to invest in their own people, the international development secretary has said. Penny Mordaunt told the Daily Telegraph she “won’t invest” when others should put “their hands in their pockets”. The government is committed to spending 0.7% of national income on […]

Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Carillion crisis: Creditors due to hold Whitehall talks

Image copyright Reuters Carillion’s key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant’s collapse. It comes as the chairman of a key group of MPs says there may need to be an inquiry into how public contracts are awarded to companies like Carillion. Labour […]

Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney ‘heckled over weight and accent’

Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney ‘heckled over weight and accent’

Image copyright Hugh Gaffney / Twitter Image caption Hugh Gaffney attracted attention for wearing his old work shirt on his first day as an MP A Labour MP has claimed he was subjected to slurs over his weight and Scottish accent during Commons debates. Hugh Gaffney, who was elected in June last year, said he […]