• 24 May 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Mike Hookem is an MEP who stood for re-election this week UK Independence Party deputy leader Mike Hookem has quit his position and will run for party leader.Mr Hookem said he wanted to offer "a real alternative" to the leadership of Gerard Batten.Mr Batten was elected to the top job unopposed in April 2018, and promised to resign after 12 months to...

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsEuropean elections 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe prime minister said the failure to deliver Brexit was a matter of "deep regret"President Emmanuel Macron of France has urged "swift clarification" on Brexit after the resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May. He stressed the need to "maintain the smooth functioning of the EU", as...

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Image caption The next prime minister will be chosen by the Conservative Party A new prime minister will be in Downing Street by the end of July, according to the Conservative Party. A statement from the party's chairman and the backbench 1922 Committee said nominations for the leadership would close in the week starting 10 June....

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsLiberal Democrat leadership contest Image copyright EPA Image caption Vince Cable will be replaced with a new leader on 23 July The Liberal Democrats have begun the process of choosing their next leader.The party's current leader, Sir Vince Cable, announced in March that he would step down after the local elections.But in a statement on Friday - following the PM's...

  • 24 May 2019 comments Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May became emotional as she concluded her announcementTheresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and...

  • By Marie-Louise Connolly & Catherine Smyth BBC News NI Health team 23 May 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Messages left in memory of those affected by contaminated blood product at the Infected Blood inquiry in Belfast Any decision over more financial aid for victims of the contaminated blood scandal should be a matter for the assembly, an inquiry has heard.The Infected Blood Inquiry...

  • 23 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLord Hain addresses the House of LordsSir Philip Green grabbed women's breasts and slapped their bottoms, a peer has claimed.Lord Hain told the House of Lords that staff had made hundreds of complaints about the retail tycoon.Last year Lord Hain named the Topshop boss as the person behind a legal injunction stopping a...

  • By Alex Therrien & Francesca Gillett BBC News 23 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright PA EU citizens living in the UK have told of their anger after they were unable to vote in the European elections.The Electoral Commission said the "very short notice" from the government about the UK's participation in the elections had an impact on the process.EU...

  • By Ric Bailey BBC chief adviser, editorial standards 22 May 2019 The BBC, like other broadcasters, isn't allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open on 23 May. The BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates and that is particularly important on polling day.The code of practice is contained in more detailed election...

  • 23 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright Reuters Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from...

  • 23 May 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal bill will not be published or debated until early June, the government says.The prime minister is under pressure to resign following a backlash from her own MPs against her pledged "new deal" on Brexit.Andrea Leadsom quit as Commons Leader, saying she could not announce the bill which had "new elements that I...

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Bassam Khawaja Image caption Prof Alston met people across the UK, including these Belfast residents The UK's social safety net has been "deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos", a report commissioned by the UN has said. Special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said "ideological" cuts to public services since 2010 have led to...

  • By David Shukman Science editor 22 May 2019 comments Image copyright Reuters In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the UK government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year.The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale - currently 316 million are...

  • 21 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images The Brexit Party, The Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Change UK have all held their final rallies of the European election campaign. Nigel Farage urged Tory Eurosceptics angry over Brexit to back his party and vowed a "peaceful political revolution" to end the two-party system.Vince Cable...

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Science Photo Library Ministers must act "quickly and effectively" to ensure thousands of victims of modern slavery in the UK are protected, a report has said.A review of the Modern Slavery Act said laws must be strengthened and it makes 80 recommendations.Laws introduced in 2015 included tougher sentences and more help for people forced into labouring, domestic...

  • 22 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright Joy Elise Allen Image caption The postal mark on some envelopes shows they were sent to France via the Netherlands The BBC has been contacted by British expats from across the world who say their postal voting forms have arrived late, or not at all. The BBC found some local councils used a postal service called...

  • 22 May 2019 Related TopicsPrime Minister's Questions Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Throwing veterans like me to the wolves'The prime minister has been accused of granting an amnesty to terrorists by one of her own MPs.Backbencher Mark Francois was one of five Tory MPs to use PMQs to raise the issue of soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland.He cited Army veteran...

  • 22 May 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Image caption As Commons Leader, Andrea Leadsom was in charge of organising government business Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has quit the cabinet, saying she no longer believes the government's approach will deliver Brexit. Her resignation comes amid a backlash against Theresa May's Brexit plan from Conservative MPs.Several cabinet ministers...

  • By Lucy Adams BBC Panorama 21 May 2019 Image caption There are more than 200 fish farms around Scotland's coast The Scottish government and regulators have been accused by campaigners of being too close to the salmon farming industry. The criticism came after information that should have been released was repeatedly withheld. Guy Linley-Adams, from Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, has...

  • By Enda McClafferty BBC News NI Political Correspondent 21 May 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption Karen Bradley has been urged to help abuse victims "without further delay" Victims of institutional abuse may have to wait up to two years before their compensation claims are processed, senior civil servants have warned.In a paper circulated to Stormont's political parties, the Executive Office...