The Labour party conference is too “London-centric” to give a strong voice to people in the north of England, the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said.
Jeremy Corbyn has personally intervened to give greater power to thousands of new Labour members who backed his leadership.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has used a speech to council leaders to warn them that local government faces “a crisis of trust” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Conservatives have been accused of failing to protect the countryside after research revealed that the number of new homes being planned on green belt in England had increased by over 50% since last year and the majority were not classed as affordable.
The Labour party has selected its first female candidates to compete for new roles as metropolitan mayors in England.
The picture-postcard villages in the Blackdown Hills are not normally the scene of political upheaval, but this corner of south-west England could be the scene of an unlikely political revival for the Liberal Democrats.
The former Conservative cabinet minister Patrick Jenkin, Lord Jenkin of Roding, was a diligent and loyal member of successive Margaret Thatcher administrations.
The Conservatives have held the seat of Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire in a byelection triggered by the resignation of Stephen Phillips over “irreconcilable policy differences” with Theresa May.