Sajid Javid has faced calls to stand down as the business secretary if a buyer is not found for the Port Talbot steelworks after admitting he was caught unaware by Tata’s planned withdrawal from the UK.
John McDonnell has said Labour needs to “sit up and listen” to complaints about antisemitism in the party, as a senior Jewish MP called for more action to tackle the problem.
Sajid David was listed as a participant last month at a US conference organised by a rightwing libertarian thinktank, which took place after a delegation of Labour MPs had failed to secure a meeting with him to press their concerns about the future of Tata steel in the weeks leading up to the crisis.
The UK government is prepared to offer help with pension liabilities and energy costs to potential buyers of Tata’s threatened steel plants, Sajid Javid, the business secretary, has said.
Port Talbot’s derelict Plaza Cinema is a boarded-up patchwork of neglect and decay. Even the colourful murals, which adorn the exterior, of the town’s most famous sons – Michael Sheen, Richard Burton and Sir Anthony Hopkins – cannot conceal the broken windows and soot-smudged facade of this once-loved building.
The government has come under attack over its role in tackling the growing humanitarian crisis in Libya after figures were released showing that the Department for International Development has earmarked just £50,000 in aid for this financial year, despite international calls for an urgent response, to avoid food and medicine stocks running out.
The decision over whether the UK remains inside the European Union could depend on whether young people shake off their apathy and vote in sufficient numbers on 23 June, a revealing opinion poll conducted for the Observer shows.
Young Britons from ethnic minority backgrounds risk being put off running for public office by the “nasty” divisive campaign run by Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate for mayor of London, his Labour rival told the Observer.
This year people across the UK will be voting for something – for devolved assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; for police and crime commissioners across England and Wales; and in London for a mayor and assembly. For Labour, though, the most keenly watched contests will be those for the town halls of England.
The Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has been accused by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign of talking up the threat of a split in the party and giving tacit support to plotters who want to see it divided.
Steven Woolfe, the favourite to succeed Nigel Farage as Ukip leader, could be out of the race after he missed the deadline for submitting his application by 17 minutes because of technical problems.
Theresa May is facing calls to block honours for No 10 “cronies” after a leaked list revealed David Cameron has requested knighthoods for party donors, pro-EU campaigners and political aides.