• 22 March 2019 Image caption The service was held at St Woolos Cathedral Jeremy Corbyn has joined mourners at a funeral service remembering the life of late Newport West MP Paul Flynn.The Labour leader said Mr Flynn, who died aged 84, was fiercely independent and never "besotted by power".Newport West AM Jayne Bryant said he was a "giant of the Labour movement" and "a tenacious campaigner".Wales'...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Nigel Farage is returning to frontline politics in the UK as leader of the newly established Brexit Party.The ex-UKIP leader is taking over from Catherine Blaiklock, who quit over what he said were "horrible and intolerant" comments on Twitter about Islam.Mr Farage said the party was currently a "virtual" entity but would mobilise at...

  • 22 March 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"I hope we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision"Theresa May has been granted an extra two weeks to come up with a Brexit solution after talks with EU leaders. The UK's departure date had originally been set for 29 March.If Mrs May can get her withdrawal deal through Parliament next...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright Alfred Collyer/PA Wire Image caption Chris Davies admitted the charges at Westminster Magistrates' Court A Conservative MP has pleaded guilty to two charges of making a false expenses claim.Chris Davies admitted to one charge of providing false or misleading information for allowances claims and one of attempting to do so.The court heard how the charges related to...

  • By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 22 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times.The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of...

  • 22 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images It never fails to spark a debate in the pub - but now people applying for civil service jobs are being asked it too.Government bosses want to know how working class their staff think they are - when compared with most people.The answers will not be used to decide who gets a job - but to help recruit a more diverse workforce.The question will be:...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images A petition on Parliament's website calling for Brexit to be cancelled by revoking Article 50 has passed three million signatures.The petition has attracted two million signatures in the past 24 hours.Asked last night if it showed a rising anti-Brexit mood, Theresa May said the UK had already decided to leave in the biggest ever...

  • 22 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Intimidation and abuse of MPs and other people in public office has become worse in the current political climate, a former head of MI5 has said.Lord Evans - the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life - told the BBC it was not just a Brexit-related issue, although that had made things "particularly acute". He said some MPs were...

  • 22 March 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Brexit's fate is "in the hands of our British friends" after EU leaders agreed to delay the departure date by at least two weeks, says Donald Tusk.If MPs approve Theresa May's withdrawal deal next week, Brexit would be delayed from 29 March until 22 May.But if they do not, the UK has until 12 April to come up with a new...

  • 20 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle criticised the leader of houseA gay MP called on the prime minister to condemn the leader of the House of Commons over comments she made about LGBT education.Lloyd Russell-Moyle criticised Andrea Leadsom after she said parents should decide when their children were "exposed" to the lessons.He...

  • By Shamaan Freeman-Powell BBC News 21 March 2019 Related TopicsWindrush scandal Image caption Staff at Brook House detention centre were filmed physically and verbally abusing detainees. The Home Office has "utterly failed" to ensure the safety of people held in UK immigration detention centres, a damning report says.MPs on the home affairs committee warn there are "serious problems" in almost...

  • 21 March 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold amid continued uncertainty over Brexit.All nine members of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep rates at 0.75%, where they have been since August last year. In the meeting's minutes, the MPC said the economic outlook would continue to depend "significantly on the nature and timing...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Jeremy Corbyn says he is seeking a "constructive alternative" to the PM's deal, in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Labour leader was speaking after meeting the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, for talks in Brussels. It comes ahead of an EU summit where Theresa May will ask EU leaders to postpone Brexit for three months.Mr...

  • 21 March 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCommons Speaker John Bercow tells MPs they are not traitorsCommons Speaker John Bercow has defended Parliament, telling MPs "none of you are traitors".His comments come after Theresa May told the public she was "on their side" and blamed the delay to Brexit on MPs.SNP MP Pete Wishart accused the prime minister of...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Brexit operations are taking place at the main MoD building in Whitehall The Ministry of Defence has set up an operations room in a bunker at its main Whitehall building to deal with a potential no-deal Brexit.The preparations are being run under the banner of Operation Redfold - although officials stress they are...

  • By Nick Eardley BBC News 21 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters MPs have been urged to take taxis home from Parliament and not travel alone in the coming days, over security fears.Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has written to all MPs ahead of potentially crunch Brexit votes next week."I have never felt this level of tension during my time in the House and I am aware other...

  • 21 March 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright UK Parliament A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed a million signatures. Parliament's petitions committee tweeted that the rate of signatures was "the highest the site has ever had to deal with", after the website crashed.The prime minister is in Brussels to ask the EU for a delay to next...

  • 21 March 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week, a draft European Council document says.EU leaders are still in discussions in Brussels over the UK's request to postpone the 29 March exit date by three months.However there have been reports that an extension could be offered...

  • 20 March 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Peachy A financial services company has been ordered not to reuse an advert in which it tried to persuade people to take out a loan, in case they wanted to stockpile food because of Brexit.Cash On Go, trading as Peachy.co.uk, sent out an email saying, "it's a good idea to have a little stockpile ready."The Advertising Standards...

  • 19 March 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis The Conservative Party's complaints process is "robust", the party chairman has said, after a campaign group wrote to him about claims of Islamophobia.Hope Not Hate's Nick Lowles asked for Brandon Lewis to clarify his claim that all complaints of Islamophobia by party members had been dealt with.The party...