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The DUP has been accused of holding Northern Ireland to ransom over its demands for major reform of the Northern Ireland protocol. Boris Johnson’s attempt to get the power-sharing executive at Stormont up and running ended in failure after talks in Belfast today (Monday) with the DUP demanding “action” instead of “words”. Sinn Féin  has accused Johnson of complicity with the...

UK recession and inflation warning as interest rates rise and pound...

UK interest rates have risen to 1% - their highest level for 13 years - with the Bank of England (BoE) warning the economy will slip into recession this year as experts predict inflation will go above 10%. The...

MPs want Elon Musk at parliament to explain plans for Twitter

MPs have invited billionaire Elon Musk to give evidence to a parliament committee about his plans for Twitter. Concerns have been raised over Musk’s intent to champion “free speech”...

Sinn Féin set for historic triumph in Northern Ireland elections

Sinn Féin are on course for a historic triumph in Thursday’s election for the Northern Ireland assembly at Stormont. Victory for Sinn Féin  would make the party’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill...

Scandal hit parliament needs urgent, radical reform says Speaker Hoyle

Commons speaker Sir Lyndsay Hoyle has called for “radical” reform of parliament’s working practices following a series of scandals capped by the resignation of porn-watching Conservative MP Neil Parish. The...

Police raid home of Tory peer over £203m PPE Medpro fraud probe

Police have raided the home of a Tory peer as part of an investigation into government contracts worth £203 million awarded to PPE Medpro. Baroness Michelle Mone is believed to have been at the London...

Brexit ‘shock’ to UK-EU trade; Farage complains about Twitter, on Twitter

UK imports of goods from the EU fell 25% in the first year of the post-Brexit trade agreement as compared to the rest of the world, a major study has found. The report by the...

Women left suicidal by HRT shortage, says MP

The UK’s shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is leaving women suicidal, the chair of the parliamentary group that specialises in menopause has warned. Labour MP Carolyn Harris said the HRT shortage has been caused...

56 MPs face sexual misconduct allegations, including 3 cabinet ministers

Three cabinet ministers are among 56 serving MPs who have been reported to a parliamentary watchdog over allegations of sexual misconduct. Around 70 separate complaints – including at least one believed to involve criminality –...

Cooking oil rationing is ‘temporary measure’, say supermarkets; consumer confidence plummets

UK supermarkets are rationing cooking oil due to supply-chain problems caused by the war in Ukraine, the world’s biggest supplier of sunflower oil. The British Retail Consortium said restricting supplies is a temporary measure with...