David Cameron has begun the delicate process of persuading sceptical Labour MPs to back airstrikes in Syria, saying the UK was already facing the threat of mass casualties from Isis and arguing that Britain could not outsource its security to allies.
Labour has reacted with fury after Jeremy Corbyn was invited to a government security briefing on airstrikes in Syria with just 12 hours’ notice and at a time that clashes with the autumn statement.
George Osborne’s £3.8bn boost for the beleaguered health service may prove insufficient to deliver the promised seven-day NHS, medical organisations have warned.
Buy-to-let landlords and second-home buyers face a big jump in stamp duty under plans designed to ease the path to home ownership for first-time buyers.
The Treasury’s independent forecaster has conceded there are big uncertainties in its predictions for higher tax revenues after the chancellor used the prospective windfall to justify a softer pace of cuts in his autumn statement.
The former foreign secretary William Hague has said that the UK should not rule out having some of its own forces on the ground in Syria and Iraq if it is to defeat Isis.
What happens when you look up “Labour leader” on Google? A flurry of muddled entries on a host of former party chiefs – with wrong pictures to boot – but not much on Jeremy Corbyn.
Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comments opposing a “shoot-to-kill” policy against terrorists and warned him that he cannot say the first thing that comes into his head.
The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has accused the government of preparing to use international aid money to “plug black holes” in the defence budget, after reviews of defence and aid spending signalled that more funds would be channelled from the Department for International Development (DfID) to projects in other departments.