Dozens of MPs’ staff were given nearly £1m in redundancy payments prior to the general election just weeks before returning to another publicly funded job, the expenses watchdog has disclosed.
Iain Duncan Smith has claimed “Turkey is on the ballot paper” in June’s referendum and warned of the prospect of even greater uncontrolled migration when the country joins the EU.
With the road now clear for the remaining “short campaign” to the EU referendum, both sides are accusing their rival of panic: David Cameron for allegedly warning of future European wars, Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson for assorted wild exaggerations.
The former Tory MP Neil Hamilton has been elected to lead the seven-strong Ukip group in the Welsh assembly, winning by four votes to three.
Ken Livingstone, who was suspended by Labour for claiming that Hitler was a supporter of Zionism, is giving up his position on the party’s ruling body.
Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that Labour is not yet doing enough to win the general election in 2020 and called on MPs to show greater unity by refraining from “parading on the media”.
The Conservative civil war over Europe has come to a head, as Boris Johnson accused the prime minister of undermining public trust over immigration before being rebuked for his own comments about the European Union’s impact on Ukraine.
Sadiq Khan, the new Labour mayor of London, has refused to endorse the party’s local election posters, signed off by Jeremy Corbyn, that urged voters to “take sides”.
Leaving the European Union would hit house prices significantly and make mortgages more expensive, George Osborne has claimed, as the referendum campaign steps up a gear.
Jeremy Corbyn has lost his majority on Labour’s national executive committee after a fierce debate at the party conference, where there were accusations of attempts to rig the balance of the party executive.
Liam Fox has used a speech to the World Trade Organisation to portray post-Brexit Britain as a “proud and outward-looking trading nation” that would battle for liberalised commerce outside the EU.
The deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, has called on the party to stop “trashing the record” of the Blair and Brown governments if it wants to win elections.