The best joke in Philip Hammond’s autumn statement was the line about how he is injecting £400m of venture capital funding into the British Business Bank “to tackle the longstanding problem of our fastest-growing technology firms being snapped up by bigger companies, rather than growing to scale”.
There was a veneer of discipline in the chancellor’s handling of the UK’s public finances, after he ditched his predecessor’s strict target of balancing the budget in 2020 with three looser targets to be met in the next parliament.
George Osborne, the former chancellor, made more than £320,400 in a month from giving speeches to US banks, financial organisations and a university, his register of interests shows.
There weren’t many jokes, but given this was a downbeat autumn statement from a chancellor with a congenital demeanour made for the poker table, it was notable that there were any at all, and that they were delivered with some aplomb.
Theresa May has defended plans to make patients show passports to determine if they qualify for NHS treatment, as Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of using so-called health tourism to distract from the health service’s funding crisis.
Police were called to Aberdeen University after George Galloway was bombarded with glitter.
"I'm not looking to go back and go through this," the president-elect told The New York Times.
Kevin Prunty is executive head teacher at Cranford community college, a high-achieving school in Hounslow, west London. His pupils are ambitious and successful, but many come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The civil service will not be able to implement Brexit while carrying out its other duties after having been shrunk to its smallest size since the second world war, Bob Kerslake, a former Whitehall chief, has warned.
British ministers rebuffed an unconventional call by Donald Trump for Ukip’s interim leader, Nigel Farage, to be appointed UK ambassador to the United States.
Only a third of UK voters support Brexit unconditionally, according to a poll that suggests a widespread wish for the government to share the terms of the UK’s departure from Europe before it embarks on the process.
Michael Gove’s inspiration for including Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade in the new English GCSE syllabus is becoming clearer every day.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor, is coming under mounting pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward help for the NHS and social care services, amid dire warnings that council budget cuts are causing unsustainable problems.
The Liberal Democrats have produced a stunning byelection victory to unseat Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park, overturning a 23,000 majority to remove the former Conservative MP in a vote that became a de facto plebiscite on the government’s Brexit plans.
The main theme to last week’s “UKIP shuffle” was not so much gender diversity as ending Farage’s monopoly of the spotlight.
A senior Labour frontbencher has left the door open to supporting a referendum on the terms of the UK leaving the EU, saying the Brexit process had to be taken “step by step”.
A sobbing Nigel Farage has told the Sunday Express that Brexit and the election of Donald Trump had made him fearful of going out. A prisoner of conscience in his own land, who was reluctantly thinking of applying for political asylum in America.
Controversial Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel will be a member of Donald Trump’s transition team, the campaign has confirmed.
The government has a less than 50% chance of securing an orderly exit from the European Union within two years and will potentially have to accept a phased departure lasting much longer, prompting “a decade of uncertainty”, Lord Kerr, Britain’s most experienced EU negotiator, has said.
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