John McDonnell has accused members of Labour’s national executive committee of attempting to rig the leadership contest by changing the rules to prevent more than 130,000 new members from voting.
Theresa May’s appointment of her former aides Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy as joint chiefs of staff is a remarkable turnaround since both left the government after clashes with David Cameron’s Downing Street.
Owen Smith and Angela Eagle are under growing pressure to decide which of them should challenge Jeremy Corbyn next week, amid calls from some Labour MPs for just one candidate to stand against the party’s leader.
Theresa May is meeting Nicola Sturgeon to underline her support for the UK in her first official visit to Edinburgh as prime minister. The meeting comes as May’s government promises to include Scotland’s devolved administration in negotiations to withdraw Britain from the EU.
Andrea Leadsom, the new environment secretary, supports foxhunting and once said she wanted to end farming subsidies.
Theresa May has drawn a decisive line under the David Cameron era with a sweeping reshuffle that saw several of his key ministers, including justice secretary, Michael Gove, sacked, and her own handpicked team rewarded with cabinet posts.
Labour grassroots members are in open revolt over a series of restrictions imposed by the party’s ruling national executive over the leadership contest – with some branches holding unofficial meetings in defiance of a ban imposed nationally earlier this week.
Angela Eagle has admitted she regrets her vote to support the Iraq war, but said it was outrageous of her rivals for the Labour leadership to use that decision 13 years ago to paint her as on the right of the party.
The UK’s new chancellor, Philip Hammond, has said there will be no emergency budget to deal with the economic effects of Brexit, adding that he will deliver an autumn statement as normal.
Theresa May will have to negotiate an interim agreement on Britain’s future relationship with the EU even if the terms of Brexit can be agreed within two years, a former top civil servant at the Foreign Office has said.
According to more than one member of Gibraltar’s business community, it felt “like someone had died”. The day after Britain’s Brexit vote, this outpost of Albion on Spain’s southern tip was in shock.
Theresa May has angered European leaders by telling her first EU summit that she expects Britain to be at the centre of European decision-making until Brexit takes place.