Politics

Welsh Government ‘will not back new prisons’

Image copyright Getty Images Plans for new prisons in Wales will not get the backing of Welsh ministers unless “meaningful” talks take place with the UK government, public services secretary Alun Davies has said. His announcement follows calls for the Welsh Government to refuse to sell land for a planned Port Talbot super-prison. The comments […]

Politics

How to spot child drug couriers campaign

Image copyright Home Office Bus drivers and train staff are being given tips on how to spot children being used as drug couriers. The signs – highlighted on new posters – include not having a local accent and receiving “excessive” text messages. Drugs gangs in big cities are expanding into rural areas and coastal towns […]

Politics

Spain hopeful of Gibraltar deal with the UK by summer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn agreement is possible by the summer, says Mr Dastis Spain hopes to reach an agreement with the UK over Gibraltar by the summer, its foreign minister has said. Alfonso Dastis said Spain would “defend our position” but the two sides were “working towards” an agreement as […]

Politics

Labour urges rethink on mortgage benefits

Image copyright PA Labour has warned that vulnerable people may struggle to pay their mortgages because of benefit changes. About 90,000 people on certain benefits claim support for mortgage interest (SMI) but from Friday the benefit will be replaced by government loans. Figures suggest 27,000 SMI recipients – 51% of those contacted – say they […]

Politics

Newcastle councillor criticised over pay gap remarks

Image copyright NCJ MediaImage caption Robin Ashby’s comments were called an “absolute disgrace” by the council’s ruling Labour group A city councillor has been criticised for claiming women face “no glass ceiling other than their own ambition”. Liberal Democrat Robin Ashby made the comments during a speech on Newcastle City Council’s gender pay gap. His […]

Politics

Green Party calls for end to ‘one-party state’ councils

Image copyright PAImage caption Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas share the leadership of the Green Party The Green Party has urged an end to “one-party-state councils” as it launches its campaign for next month’s English local elections. Co-leader Jonathan Bartley called for “a Green on every council”, saying this could “change everything”. He predicted the […]

Politics

Calderdale councillor suspended over ‘Muslim parasite’ posts

Image copyright Calderdale CouncilImage caption Conservative councillor Mike Payne, of Calderdale Council, represents the Sowerby Bridge ward A Conservative councillor who shared an article on social media which called Muslims “parasites” has been suspended by the party. Mike Payne, of Calderdale Council, posted a link to a piece called “France Slashes Benefits to Muslim Parasites […]