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...

Brussels crumbling? Verhofstadt warns of EU ‘CRISIS’ amid Brexit ‘DISASTER’

Guy Verhofstadt, who is the European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, described the vote as a “disaster” for the EU, claiming it is important for all parties to reach a successful arrangement. Theresa May attended her final EU summit before she is expected to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, afterwards spelled out her desire to get down to business and begin Brexit negotiations...

National insurance delay appeases Conservative rebels

Theresa May’s decision to postpone contributions rise for self-employed welcomed by sceptical MPs Theresa May’s decision to delay a controversial national insurance rise for self-employed people appears to have partially quelled a rebellion by Conservative MPs, although Labour said ministers were “in disarray” over the issue. Downing Street insisted on Friday that there would be no watering...

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...

Refugees applying to live in UK face being sent home after five years

Home Office quietly announces new policy where those applying for permanent residency face ‘safe country review’ after five years’ limited leave Tens of thousands of refugees who apply to live permanently in Britain are to be required to undergo an official review to see if it is safe for them to be sent back home, under new Home Office instructions. The new policy of reviewing whether all refugees...

Furious Briton is forced to leave France and move to Woolwich due to Brexit

SWNS Nazir Wilks has lived and worked in France since 2012 Nazir Wilks, 31, had lived and worked in France since 2012, but after the Brexit vote, was left unable to find work – because French employers stopped hiring Britons. He grew up in Britain, but moved to Montpelier with girlfriend Marie in 2012 before she gave birth to son Quentin, now aged two-and-a-half. The restaurant worker undertook...

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...