Help to Buy mortgage guarantee not needed, says Bank

Help to Buy mortgage guarantee not needed, says Bank

Image copyright Getty Images A major scheme designed to prop up the UK housing market is no longer needed, the Bank of England has told the government. The Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme allows lenders to offer loans to people offering a deposit as low as 5% thanks to government support. The scheme is […]

Sir Alan Duncan: Boris Johnson didn’t want Brexit win

Sir Alan Duncan: Boris Johnson didn’t want Brexit win

Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson said leaving the EU would be Britain’s “independence day” Boris Johnson only campaigned to leave the EU to set himself up as the next Conservative leader, Sir Alan Duncan said the day before June’s referendum. Sir Alan said he believed the now foreign secretary, who is his current […]

UKIP prepared for early election, says Diane James

Media captionBBC Newcastle asked Ms James how “an ex-Conservative from the Home Counties” could appeal to voters in the north of England UKIP leader Diane James has predicted a general election in May 2017 and said the party needs to be “battle ready”. Ms James, who was confirmed as Nigel Farage’s successor on 16 September, […]

Corbyn’s Labour ‘unelectable and undesirable’ – David Miliband

Corbyn’s Labour ‘unelectable and undesirable’ – David Miliband

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Miliband criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to foreign and domestic affairs Labour is “unelectable and undesirable” under Jeremy Corbyn, ex-leadership contender David Miliband has warned. In a New Statesman article, Mr Miliband, who lost to his brother Ed in 2010, said Labour was now a “secondary influence” on national […]

NHS should get £5bn ‘Brexit bonus’ – Lansley

NHS should get £5bn ‘Brexit bonus’ – Lansley

The NHS should get a “Brexit bonus” of £5bn a year, former Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said. Speaking at the NHS Providers annual lecture, Lord Lansley said the public had a right to expect extra funding, which should be in place by 2019-2020. He also called for ministers to commit to spending 7% […]

NHS should get £5bn ‘Brexit bonus’ – Lansley

NHS should get £5bn ‘Brexit bonus’ – Lansley

The NHS should get a “Brexit bonus” of £5bn a year, former Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said. Speaking at the NHS Providers annual lecture, Lord Lansley said the public had a right to expect extra funding, which should be in place by 2019-2020. He also called for ministers to commit to spending 7% […]

Government ‘committed’ to Alan Turing gay pardon law

Government ‘committed’ to Alan Turing gay pardon law

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Alan Turing was pardoned in 2013, decades after his conviction for gross indecency Proposals to introduce new legislation which would pardon gay men convicted under historical gross indecency laws will be brought forward “in due course”, the government has said. The so-called Alan Turing law could see thousands […]

Ex-minister denies blocking Caerphilly bike path

Media captionRon Davies said he was being filmed unblocking a path A former secretary of state for Wales has denied laying rocks and logs on a path used by mountain bikers. Ron Davies said a covert camera filmed him clearing obstacles for the benefit of walkers on Caerphilly Mountain. Cyclists have told the BBC that […]

Corbyn’s Labour ‘unelectable and undesirable’ – David Miliband

Corbyn’s Labour ‘unelectable and undesirable’ – David Miliband

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Miliband criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to foreign and domestic affairs Labour is “unelectable and undesirable” under Jeremy Corbyn, ex-leadership contender David Miliband has warned. In a New Statesman article, Mr Miliband, who lost to his brother Ed in 2010, said Labour was now a “secondary influence” on national […]

Labour staff ‘worried about losing jobs’ demand place on party’s ruling NEC

Labour staff ‘worried about losing jobs’ demand place on party’s ruling NEC

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Corbyn, who is engaged in his second party leadership race, leaves his home in Islington Labour staff are so worried about being sacked they have demanded their own places on the party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee. They say it would be hypocritical of the party to […]