How does ‘climate emergency’ affect us?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Will consumers turn their back on international imports to save energy? Half of China’s emissions are from factories making goods for customers in the West, according to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. “We don’t want to import [things] from China, we want to make them in Wales,” said Paul Allen, director of the Zero Carbon Britain research centre at CAT. Image caption Greenstream Flooring “upcycles” carpets, and boss Ellen Potts is optimistic about future opportunities If we buy less stuff, and “reduce, reuse and recycle” it would inevitably affect businesses and jobs. They might need to be innovative and use new materials or perhaps change their own products. This would have …

Brexit Party ‘at risk’ of illegal donations

Amounts below that do not have to be declared, but some critics – among them ex-PM Gordon Brown – have said there is no way of telling whether those smaller amounts come from British or foreign sources, and therefore the system may be being abused. How are political parties funded? The Brexit Party topped the polls at last month’s European elections. During the campaign, it said donations of £25 or less had accounted for 90% of its total funding. It raised more than £2m from small donors, thousands of whom paid £25 each to become registered supporters. But Mr Brown suggested the party was getting round the declaration rules by accepting multiple “untraceable” donations directly online. Political parties have 30 …

Tory leader candidates clash over Brexit

Jeremy Hunt, another leadership contender, said the EU would be “willing to negotiate” on the Brexit deal if the UK takes the “right approach”. Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, the foreign secretary said he had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and suggested she was open to looking at new solutions for the Irish border issue in talks. “She said that […] with a new British prime minister, we would want to look at any solutions you have,” he added. Brexit: All you need to know Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand on Brexit? What’s the plan for a no-deal Brexit? Gove: ‘I was lucky to avoid jail’ Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEsther McVey defended …

What happened with Lorraine and Esther McVey?

Kelly curtly replied: “Yep. Yes I do. Right, coming up after half past eight…” That set tongues wagging on social media, with many picking up on the fact that Kelly had implied she had nothing nice to say about her memories of working with McVey. McVey was asked about her relationship with Kelly later in the day. “We used to share a dressing room,” she explained during a Q&A session at her campaign launch. “And she used to be on the programme afterwards, and obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes. And then I was promoted to be partnering with Eamonn Holmes. “But she’s great and it was a great show, and I can’t believe it was 20 …

Labour seeks to block no-deal Brexit

Skip Twitter post by @michaelgove While I would prefer to leave the EU with a better deal, we must not rule out no deal. If ultimately it came to a choice between no deal and no Brexit, I would choose no deal. Labour’s plans to seize control of the business of the Commons must be resisted. #ReadytoLead — Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 11, 2019 For other candidates, including Rory Stewart and Mark Harper, the prospect of leaving without a deal is unacceptable. However, neither man appears prepared to back the opposition motion. Mr Harper said his “instinct” was to oppose it while Mr Stewart – despite saying he was “wholly supportive” of the idea at his campaign launch in London …

Blanket free TV licence for over-75s scrapped

The number of households which could be eligible to apply for pension credit could number 1.5 million by 2020. The BBC Board said it was the “fairest option to help the poorest pensioners”. BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Clementi on the BBC’s decision to scrap blanket free licences for over 75s “We think it’s fair to those over 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of cuts that would have been necessary if the concession had been extended,” he added. “There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid …

Tory leadership hopefuls vie for spotlight

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Michael Gove-led government would take “back control of our money, our borders, and our laws”. The race to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister is officially under way, with contenders setting out their pitches. Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock outlined their plans at campaign launches on Monday. It comes as two cabinet ministers – Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt and Remainer Amber Rudd – announced their backing for Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt. Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST to enter the leadership contest. Mrs May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her …

How Phil Mitchell ended up on Time cover

Cold War Steve, whose real name is Christopher Spencer, tells BBC News he was shopping in his local Asda in Birmingham when the “incredible” email offer came through last week. “I was in the condiment section and saw it was from Time magazine in New York and I was like, ‘bloody hell! This is it… break the States!’” he says. “As with Brexit, America and the Trump administration is such a rich seam for my kind of work and we were thinking how on earth would we take this British brand of satire and humour to America?” Image copyright Cold War Steve/Time Image caption Bungle can be seen selling tea and chips next to Phil Mitchell Follow us on Facebook, …

How the Brexit timetable could unfold

EU leaders are due to review progress on Brexit at a regular summit on 20 to 21 June. But by that time they will not even know who is going to be in charge after Theresa May leaves No 10. Holidays and party conferences August of course is holiday time, particularly in the EU, when very little business gets done in Brussels, and the chances of the UK having meaningful talks about Brexit with other governments or the EU institutions are limited. So that already takes us to the beginning of September, only two months before the Brexit extension comes to an end. And in the second half of September, the UK Parliament is once again in recess, as political …

Hammond rejects idea millions in dire poverty

Mr Hammond said: “I reject the idea that there are vast numbers of people facing dire poverty in this country. “I don’t accept the UN rapporteur’s report at all. I think that’s a nonsense. Look around you, that’s not what we see in this country. “Of course there are people struggling with the cost of living. I understand that. But the point being is that we are addressing these things through getting to the root causes.” Market system must ‘evolve’ The chancellor said that for many people, the market economy was not working as it is “supposed to” work, and the idea the economy is “generating and distributing wealth is at odds with the practice that they are experiencing.” He …

Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May became emotional as she concluded her announcement Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to do so. Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place. The party said it hoped a new leader could be in place by the end of July. It means Mrs May will still be prime minister when US President Donald Trump …

Top Asian officer’s ‘daily’ racial abuse

It would also potentially allow terror suspects to mount legal challenges against police investigations and operations on the basis that they were Islamophobic, he said. ‘Conflicted’ But he said he had spent his life “dealing with racism”, mainly from people who wrongly targeted him for being Muslim, and so he felt “conflicted” about the issue. “This is a definition that was designed to protect people like me,” the Scotland Yard officer said. “I’ve spent 51 years dealing with racism and the vast amount of racism I’ve had in my life has been the perception that I might be Muslim – and I’m not. “So, I look at that and I feel kind of personally conflicted about saying I can’t accept …

‘Real chance’ Scotland can stay in EU – Sturgeon

She has also said she wants another referendum on Scottish independence within the next two years if the UK leaves the EU. Among the manifesto’s key pledges are: Working with other parties across the UK to “stop Brexit” Backing another EU referendum with Remain as an option Offering a choice for Scotland to become an independent, European nation Supporting Article 50 being revoked if the only alternative is a no-deal Brexit Speaking at the manifesto launch in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon urged voters to back the SNP in order to “send the powerful message that Scotland is for Europe”. She added: “We can stand up for Scotland’s right to be heard, and we can proclaim our determination to remain a European …

Davidson: Tories face Brexit ‘wake-up call’

The Conservatives lost more than 1,300 seats in the council election and Labour 81 as the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents surged across England. Tories call for unity after election drubbing Tories lose more than 1,300 councillors May: ‘Voters want Brexit to be resolved’ The two major UK parties have been locked in talks aimed at finding a way forward on Brexit for the past month, but it is not clear how much progress has been made. Speaking at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, Ms Davidson said the solution lay in finding a compromise that respects the result of the EU referendum. She told delegates: “The solution doesn’t lie in the trenches of one extreme or another – of …

MP withdraws support for PM over veterans

He said the government had been consulting on changing the existing system. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Mercer said the government had “singularly failed to act for four years and I am simply not prepare to put up with it any more”. “There is nothing loyal about watching the car go over the cliff and not doing anything about it,” he added. In his letter the former Army officer and member of the Commons Defence Committee, said: “As you know, the historical prosecution of our servicemen and women is a matter that is personally offensive to me. “Many are my friends; and I am from their tribe.” BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the Conservative Party can …