Jack Monroe wins Katie Hopkins libel tweet case

Image copyright PAImage caption Jack Monroe sued Hopkins over tweets she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation Food blogger Jack Monroe has won £24,000 damages, plus legal costs, in a libel action against columnist Katie Hopkins after a row over two tweets. Ms Monroe...

BT Openreach deal aims to shakeup UK broadband

Image copyright BT BT has bowed to demands by the telecoms regulator Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure. Ofcom said that Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff, management and strategy "to serve all of its customers equally". It...

Budget 2017: ‘Disarray’ over National Insurances rises

Image copyright PAImage caption John McDonnell said the delay was a "partial U-turn" Labour has claimed the government is in disarray after Theresa May said controversial Budget tax rises would not go before MPs until the autumn. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement...

May defends ‘fair’ National Insurance rise amid criticism

Media captionTheresa May says the rise in National Insurance for the self-employed will make things fairer Theresa May has said the National Insurance increase for self-employed workers will make the system "fair", amid criticism from some Conservatives. The Budget change broke a manifesto pledge – with one Conservative whip saying ministers should apologise. But Mrs May said the poorest...

Institute for Fiscal Studies backs National Insurance increase

Image copyright BEN STANSALL The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the chancellor was right to raise National Insurance contributions for the self employed in his Budget. The rise will see millions of self-employed workers pay an average of £240 a year more, but ministers say those earning...

Budget 2017: No rethink on National Insurance rises – minister

Media captionThe chancellor announcing the rise in National Insurance for self-employed Ministers have rejected calls for a rethink on National Insurance (NI) increases for millions of self-employed workers announced in the Budget. The measure, which breaks a 2015 manifesto pledge on NI contributions, would result in 1.6 million people paying £240 on average more every year. Treasury Chief Secretary...

Police ‘confident’ missing Corrie Mckeague at landfill site

Image copyright April OliverImage caption Corrie Mckeague, pictured with his girlfriend April Oliver, vanished from Bury St Edmunds on 24 September Police searching for missing airman Corrie Mckeague say they are "confident" his body will be found at a landfill site. The RAF...

Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed

Image copyright HoC Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced an extra £2bn for under-pressure social care services in England in the Budget. Mr Hammond also promised to help firms hit by business rate rises – but increased national insurance bills for many self-employed people. On the economy...

US travel ban: UK dual nationals not affected says Foreign Office

Image copyright AFP/PAImage caption Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd are to speak to their opposite numbers in the US The US border clampdown should not affect UK nationals travelling to the US, even if they were born in one of the countries on which restrictions have been placed, officials...

Boris Johnson: US immigration order divisive and wrong

Media captionTheresa May declined to condemn President Donald Trump's ban during a press conference in Turkey Boris Johnson says it is "divisive and wrong to stigmatise" people on the basis of nationality, amid a furore over a US clampdown on immigration. President Donald Trump has barred entry for 90 days to refugees and nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries. Protests have broken...