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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Theresa May ‘does not agree’ with Donald Trump’s immigration ban

PM issues statement after causing outcry by declining to speak out against executive order that could affect British dual nationals Theresa May has issued a late-night statement saying she “does not agree” with Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, after coming under intense political pressure to condemn the order. The prime minister released...

Human rights not on the agenda for Theresa May’s visit to Turkey

Prime minister says it is important for country to sustain democracy, after talks with president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Theresa May has said Turkey must “uphold its international human rights obligations”, after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara. Speaking alongside the president at a joint press conference in his presidential palace, the prime minister said, in reference to the...

Squatters turn oligarch’s empty London property into homeless shelter

Vast £15m home bought by Russian Andrey Goncharenko, who wants to add a pool and leisure centre, is housing about 25 people A veteran group of squatters has occupied an empty £15m central London property purchased by a Russian oligarch in 2014 and opened it as a homeless shelter. The extensive, five-storey Grade ll-listed Eaton Square property was bought by Andrey Goncharenko, a little-known oligarch...

Royal College of Surgeons slam plans to cut back on hip and knee replacements

Three clinical commissioning groups propose only operating on patients that have such severe levels of pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks The Royal College of Surgeons has hit out at cost-cutting plans to ration who can receive hip and knee replacements. Three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the West Midlands have proposed slashing the number of people who qualify for hip replacements...

Article 50: Labour MPs consider resigning over Corbyn’s three-line whip

Clive Lewis and Tulip Siddiq among frontbenchers opposed to triggering Brexit as party leader says he expects all his MPs to vote in favour Jeremy Corbyn will impose a three-line whip on MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50 when the bill comes before parliament next week, with frontbenchers Clive Lewis and Tulip Siddiq understood to be considering resigning in protest. Several shadow cabinet...