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UK business ‘too lazy and fat’, says Trade Secretary Liam Fox

UK business ‘too lazy and fat’, says Trade Secretary Liam Fox

Image copyright Thinkstock Britain is “too lazy and too fat” with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” rather than contributing to the country’s prosperity, Liam Fox has said. The international trade secretary’s remarks, at a Conservative Way Forward event, were recorded by the Times. Downing Street said he was clearly expressing private views. Richard […]

School selection plans could undo years of reform – Morgan

School selection plans could undo years of reform – Morgan

Image caption Ministers say more selective schools will give poorer children the opportunities richer pupils have. Plans for a new wave of selective schools in England have come under fire from former Tory Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and many educationalists. Mrs Morgan said Theresa May’s plans to lift the ban on new selective schools, including […]

Met Police considers claim Keith Vaz broke law

Met Police considers claim Keith Vaz broke law

The Met Police is to “assess and identify what criminal offences – if any” have been committed by Keith Vaz following claims over his private life. The Labour MP resigned as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee after claims he paid for the services of two male escorts. The police say no investigation has […]

Wetherspoon’s boss attacks ‘lurid’ Brexit claims

Wetherspoon’s boss attacks ‘lurid’ Brexit claims

Image copyright Getty Images JD Wetherspoon’s chairman has said claims that the UK would see serious economic consequences from a Brexit vote were “lurid” and wrong. Tim Martin, an ardent supporter of Brexit, used his company’s profits statement to attack a host of targets, including the CBI, the IMF, Goldman Sachs and the former prime […]

John Lewis boss ‘to run for West Midlands Mayor job’

John Lewis boss ‘to run for West Midlands Mayor job’

Image copyright Getty Images John Lewis has confirmed managing director Andy Street is “interested in running” for the office of the Mayor of the West Midlands. Mr Street will apply to be the Conservative mayoral candidate. Should Mr Street be selected as the party’s choice, he would step down from his John Lewis role, the […]

Tory challenge to PM over immigration

Tory challenge to PM over immigration

Image copyright PA/GETTY IMAGES Image caption Boris Johnson (L) and Michael Gove have written an open letter to David Cameron David Cameron must accept the failure of the government’s manifesto pledge to reduce migration into the UK, two leading Vote Leave MPs have said. Michael Gove and Boris Johnson said the pledge was “corrosive of […]

Hammond urges Syria and Yemen action

Hammond urges Syria and Yemen action

Image copyright AP Image caption The Syrian civil war has seen Islamic State militants take control of parts of the country Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is to press for more concerted action on the war-torn countries of Syria and Yemen during a tour of the Gulf states. Mr Hammond is due to arrive in Saudi […]

Blair warns against Corbyn ‘experiment’

Media captionTony Blair spoke to This Week’s World presenter Emily Maitlis about radicalisation and the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq It would be a “very dangerous experiment” for the UK to give Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn power, Tony Blair has told the BBC’s This Week’s World. The former Labour prime minister said the […]

Miliband ‘call to arms’ for young voters

Miliband ‘call to arms’ for young voters

Image copyright PA Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has issued a “call to arms”, urging young people to register to vote in next month’s EU referendum. The absence of millions of young voters from the electoral register could lead to a victory for the Leave camp in the EU referendum, he warned. Mr Miliband said […]

EU referendum battle steps up a gear

EU referendum battle steps up a gear

Image caption There is less than six weeks to go until the in-out referendum The EU referendum campaign is to step up a gear as campaigners from both sides of the debate hit the streets this weekend to try to win over voters. PM David Cameron and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn will separately make their case […]