Blackford quits as SNP leader at Westminster; Johnson to stand again

Ian Blackford has announced he will step down as leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster and will be replaced at next week’s parliamentary party AGM. Blackford’s surprising statement comes just a week after he told the Scotsman newspaper he had no intention of...
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Lecanemab – the Alzheimer’s drug hailed as a huge breakthrough

Positive phase 3 trial results, have raised hope among scientists that the effectiveness of lecanemab is the first step toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. After decades of research resulting in drugs available to ease the symptoms, lecanemab is the first drug to...

Ambulance workers in England to strike before Christmas

Ambulance workers in England have voted to strike for the first time in 30 years adding pressure on the NHS with nurses and other NHS staff preparing their industrial action in December. Paramedics, ambulance technicians and 999 call handlers are set to strike before Christmas...

39 child refugees from Albania are missing from care

Almost one-in-five lone child refugees from Albania have gone missing from care, Kent county council has confirmed. The local authority said 39 of the 197 Albanian children it has taken into care between January 1 and October 31 this year have gone missing. The revelation came to light following a freedom...

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Braverman back as home secretary six days after breaking ministerial code

Suella Braverman has been reappointed home secretary less than a week after plunging Liz Truss’s government into a death spiral. The successor Rishi Sunak started his first hours as prime minister with a reshuffle of the cabinet and a pledge...

Barristers escalate strike action; govt gives law firms £85m before Covid Inquiry

Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted to go on an all-out strike and victims’ advocates said the historic action is “entirely the government’s fault”. Already log-jammed courts will...

‘Impossible and odious’ to be Johnson’s ethics adviser

Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Christopher Geidt has resigned because the prime minister put him in an “impossible and odious position”. Geidt’s resignation letter states Johnson proposed violating the ministerial...

Boris Johnson rewrites ministerial code to ‘save his own skin,’ says Rayner

Boris Johnson has re-written the ministerial code of conduct whilst he is being investigated by MPs over whether he has breached it by lying to the House of Commons. Labour...

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Top Tories rebelling against Sunak ‘spells real danger’ for the government

Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure with growing numbers of disgruntled Conservative MPs rebelling over onshore wind farms, planning reforms and a proposed crackdown on overseas students. Former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss signed a rebel amendment last...

UK faces ‘profound economic challenge’ warns new PM Rishi Sunak

The UK’s new prime minister Rishi Sunak has warned the country that “there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge.” In his first comments after being named PM...

Sunak set for No 10 after Johnson drops out

Rishi Sunak is set to become the UK’s third prime minister this year after Boris Johnson dropped out of the Conservative party leadership race. While Johnson never formally declared his...

£4,437 energy bills in April as Hunt scraps ‘mini-budget’

New chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced almost every part of his predecessor’s mini-budget and fiscal policy will be reversed, including the two year £2,500 energy price cap, which will...

Blackford quits as SNP leader at Westminster; Johnson to stand again

Ian Blackford has announced he will step down as leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster and will be replaced at next week’s parliamentary party AGM. Blackford’s surprising statement comes just a week after he told the Scotsman newspaper...

Sturgeon fights on after Supreme Court rules against IndyRef2

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to make the next election a referendum on Scottish independence after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled against the SNP’s bid for a ballot in 2023. Scotland’s...

Transgender bill passes first Holyrood hurdle despite SNP backbench revolt

The Scottish parliament has overwhelmingly voted through the first stage of a transgender recognition bill despite a revolt by Scottish National party (SNP) backbenchers and the resignation of a...

NI Assembly in last ditch attempt to avoid December election

Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol have in effect kept the doors at Stormont shut. The election earlier this year saw Sinn Fein take pole position, but the DUP...