• 20 April 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCarwyn Jones told Nick Servini the inquiry should start as soon as possibleThe lawyers of Jack Sargeant have written a strongly-worded letter accusing First Minister Carwyn Jones of causing "considerable distress".Mr Sargeant's father Carl was found dead in November, four days after being dismissed from the cabinet.An...

  • 20 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Queen had given her backing to Prince Charles replacing her as Commonwealth head The Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced.The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would follow her in the role.Leaders of...

  • 19 April 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Image caption The government estimated the cost in pounds, but the bill will be paid in euros The total cost of the Brexit "divorce" bill remains uncertain, auditors say, as much depends on future events.The National Audit Office said the £35bn-£39bn range put forward by the government was "a reasonable estimate".But even...

  • 20 April 2018 comments Image copyright Big Centre TV Image caption Birmingham's Big Centre TV has been replaced Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over "economic viability".More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as part of a plan laid out in 2011 by then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.But...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government's two-child limit on some benefits.Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But a judge has ruled that limiting tax credits and universal credit to a...

  • 20 April 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Delayed proposals for Britain's post-Brexit immigration policy will be published "in the coming months", Downing Street has said.The immigration bill would establish new rules for EU migrants to the UK after free movement ends.An official policy document had been expected last autumn and the Times reports a "cabinet row" over delays.The PM's...

  • 20 April 2018 Related TopicsWindrush deportation row Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlan Johnson: "It was an administrative decision taken by the UK Border Agency"The decision to destroy the landing cards for Windrush migrants was taken under Labour, former home secretary Alan Johnson has said.Asked if he knew about the 2009 decision, he told the BBC: "No, it was an...

  • 20 April 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP No 10 says it is confident a deal can be done to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit despite signs of an impasse over the issue. The BBC understands UK plans to resolve the matter faced sustained criticism from the EU at a meeting on Wednesday.The UK wants to use technology to help goods flow freely and avoid...

  • By Conor Macauley BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent 19 April 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArlene Foster says RHI scheme beneficiaries are "not restricted to DUP supporters"The Democratic Unionist Party leader has rejected suggestions that a flawed green energy scheme was meant to benefit supporters of her party.Arlene Foster was giving evidence...

  • 19 April 2018 Related TopicsFacebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal A consultant working for the SNP met Cambridge Analytica three months before the last Holyrood election, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed. The first minister told MSPs the meeting was held in February 2016, but refused to say who the consultant was. And she said it was the Conservatives who were "mired in links to Cambridge...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Davidson was on a list of people "whose time is now" Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has been named by Time magazine on its annual list of the world's most influential people.The US magazine and website says the Time 100 is not a measure of power but a recognition of individuals "whose time is now". The 100 also includes world...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright PA People should be "empowered" to sell their own data if they want to, to share in the profits of technological advances, Sir Vince Cable has said.The Liberal Democrat leader said data was "the new oil" yet people were happy to give it up for free.He also said regulators should consider breaking up tech giants like Facebook and Amazon and that an independent...

  • 19 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image copyright PA The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head.She said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles takes over "one day", as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.The role is not hereditary and will not pass...

  • 19 April 2018 Related TopicsWindrush deportation row Image copyright PA Image caption The government has been forced to apologise to the Windrush generation The UK has a more "welcoming" attitude to immigrants than any country in the EU, Michael Gove has claimed.The minister told BBC Radio 4's Today the Windrush scandal had not damaged the UK's reputation for tolerance.And he insisted the Brexit...

  • By Alex Forsyth Political correspondent, BBC News 19 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images HM Revenue and Customs has denied refusing to assist with an investigation into alleged criminal activity at an international telecoms firm because it had donated to the Conservative Party.Last year, HMRC officials rejected a request from the French authorities to help with an inquiry involving...

  • 19 April 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image caption Peers defeated the government on Wednesday A powerful cross-party group of MPs is to force a vote on a customs union next week in the House of Commons.The Liaison Committee, made up of Labour, Conservative and SNP committee chairmen, has tabled a debate calling for "an effective customs union". Theresa May has pledged to leave the current...

  • Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed 19 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive ways to break up with plasticPlastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste.Ministers pointed to one estimate that 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the...

  • 18 April 2018 Image caption Carl Sargeant was found dead four days after he was sacked as communities secretary An attempt to force the publication of a report into whether the sacking of a minister who died days later was leaked before a cabinet reshuffle has failed.Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies told the assembly that publishing the report, relating to Carl Sargeant's sacking by...

  • 18 April 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Scottish Parliament Image caption Ms Sturgeon was being questioned by the conveners of Holyrood's committees The dispute between the UK and Scottish governments over Brexit is reaching its "endgame" with a resolution needed in days rather than weeks, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The first minister said she "genuinely hopes" an agreement...

  • By David Deans BBC News 18 April 2018 A UKIP AM's appeal against a ruling by the Welsh Assembly standards committee that she should face a week's exclusion without pay over a racist slur against a Labour MP has been thrown out.The committee had ruled Michelle Brown committed a "severe breach" of the code of conduct when she made the comment.But the appeal ruled that Ms Brown failed to argue the...