‘I won’t rule ANYTHING OUT’ Sturgeon warns Scotland could hold second referendum NEXT YEAR

The First Minister again insisted she was not "bluffing" with her threats of a second referendum and refused to rule out calling it in autumn 2018. Her predecessor, Alex Salmond, has repeatedly suggested this as a likely date and her comments will fuel speculation of an announcement at next week's SNP conference. It is thought to be the first time Ms Sturgeon has directly addressed...

Manifesto row clouds chancellor’s attempt at low-key budget

Philip Hammond’s plan to bring NICs for employed and self-employed into line breaks Tory commitment made in 2015 Philip Hammond has been accused of breaking a key Conservative manifesto pledge after his first budget announced increases in national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed to help solve the funding crisis in social care. The chancellor’s attempt at a low-key package threatened...

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...

WATCH: Moment Theresa May EXPLODES with laughter at Corbyn jibe during PMQs

The Prime Minister,who was taking a question from the Labour Party leader, was left chuckling after Mr Corbyn challenged Mrs May over the Conservative-led council. The leader of Surrey County Council told colleagues he had secured a “gentleman’s agreement” with the Government over funding for social care, a secret recording appears to show. David Hodge appears to tell other council members...

Budget 2017 live: Philip Hammond announces free school funds, and tax rises for self-employed

Live coverage, reaction and analysis to the chancellor’s first, and final, spring budget Latest: More funds for free schools National Insurance rates hiked for self-employed Labour: Manifesto commitment broken Hammond raises growth forecast for 2017 £435m of business rate help Budget highlights start here Budget 2017: The Key Points 2.15pm GMT The net impact of the measures in today’s budget...

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...

Nicola Sturgeon and Sadiq Khan lead calls to ban Trump’s state visit to the UK

GETTY The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups filed a lawsuit challenging the ban US airports were thrown into turmoil after the newly-inaugurated president signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order forbids anyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, and widely believed to be a precursor...

Theresa May feels heat over travel ban as Donald Trump stands firm

Tory MPs join Labour to criticise PM’s response as condemnation of US president’s policy spreads across the worldProtests spread over Trump travel ban on Muslim majority countries – live Donald Trump has refused to step back from his ban on arrivals to the US from predominantly Muslim countries despite protests around America, chaos at US airports, global condemnation and a stand-off between...

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...