• 23 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTom Watson said he met Carl Beech to reassure himLabour's deputy leader Tom Watson has said he had met Carl Beech - convicted of lying about VIP abuse - to offer him reassurance on behalf of the police. Mr Watson has been accused of encouraging Beech, who had made claims about people from politics, the military and the...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Academic Sir Roger Scruton has been re-appointed to his unpaid role as a government housing adviser after the minister who sacked him apologised.Sir Roger lost the post in April when comments about China and financier George Soros were published by the New Statesman magazine.The magazine has since apologised, after admitting the remarks had been taken...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright PA Media Labour's ruling body has backed a plan endorsed by Jeremy Corbyn to "fast-track" expulsions of members in the most serious anti-Semitism cases.It agreed that a new internal panel should be set up to take "rapid action" against the worst offenders.New "legally robust rules" will be presented to party members for approval at Labour's conference in...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsNew UK prime minister Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicola Sturgeon: Boris Johnson has "no sense of principle"Scotland's first minister has called on Boris Johnson to rule out a no-deal Brexit as she repeated her "profound concerns" about the prospect of him leading the country. Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Johnson should be in no doubt about the...

  • 23 July 2019 Related TopicsNew UK prime minister Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"Challenging times ahead of us," says von der LeyenIncoming UK PM Boris Johnson faces "challenging" times, the EU has warned, as it reacted to his election as new Conservative leader.Mr Johnson has the immediate task of guiding the UK out of the EU ahead of a 31 October deadline.He says he...

  • By Laurence Sleator BBC Political Research Unit 23 July 2019 Related TopicsNew UK prime minister Image copyright EPA Boris Johnson is due to become the 55th person to be prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In charge of a budget of around £800bn, the UK's 150,000 troops and the power to press the nuclear button, it is a role that carries supreme responsibility.Like...

  • 23 July 2019 comments Related TopicsNew UK prime minister Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson says he has three priorities, to deliver Brexit, unite the country and beat Jeremy CorbynBoris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Carl Beech denied 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of making false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against a string of public figures.Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.His lies...

  • By Gavin Stamp Political reporter, BBC News 22 July 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 76-year old is stepping down with his party on the rise Expectations were low when Sir Vince Cable became Lib Dem leader in July 2017.The party was still in the political wilderness after its hammering in the 2015 general election.It hadn't made the progress it had hoped for in...

  • 22 July 2019 comments Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iranian armed forces, before the oil tanker is seizedDowning Street has repeated its calls for Iran to immediately release a British-flagged tanker that was seized in the Gulf on Friday.Prime Minister Theresa May has been chairing the government's...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTony Blair says he wants to vote Labour, but the party is in a 'difficult situation' at the momentFormer Prime Minister Tony Blair has refused to confirm he would vote Labour at the next general election.In an interview with BBC Newsnight, the ex-Labour leader was asked three times whether he would vote...

  • 22 July 2019 comments Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has handed public sector workers a pay rise that is above the UK's 2% inflation rate.The move comes just days before Theresa May leaves office, which could lead Mr Hammond to resign as chancellor.The deals will affect almost one million public sector workers from prison officers to dentists.Teachers will get a 2.75%...

  • 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A decision on whether controversial Chinese firm Huawei should be excluded from the rollout of 5G mobile phone networks in the UK has been postponed.Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said the government is "not yet in a position" to decide what involvement Huawei should have in the 5G network.Mr Wright said the implication of the recent US ban on its...

  • 22 July 2019 comments Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Image copyright Getty Images Voting has closed in the Conservative leadership contest, with the UK's next prime minister set to be announced on Tuesday.The next occupant of Number 10 will be either Boris Johnson - regarded as the frontrunner - or Jeremy Hunt.The winner and successor to Theresa May is due to take office on...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Alan Duncan predicts "a crisis of government" for Boris JohnsonSir Alan Duncan has quit as a Foreign Office minister in protest against a possible Boris Johnson victory in the Conservative leadership race.In his resignation letter, Sir Alan described Brexit as "a dark...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsLiberal Democrat leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNew Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson: "I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit."Jo Swinson has become the first female Liberal Democrat leader, after decisively beating Sir Ed Davey in a poll of party members.She won 47,997 votes, against her opponent's 28,021.The 39-year old, who...

  • 21 July 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Corbyn said Labour was "not immune" from anti-Jewish hatred Labour has launched "education materials" to help its members confront anti-Semitism in the party.Jeremy Corbyn said only a "small number" of Labour members held anti-Semitic views, but a larger number do not recognise stereotypes and conspiracy theories.Nine MPs and three peers...

  • 21 July 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iranian armed forces, before the oil tanker is seizedThe UK government did not take its "eye off the ball" over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday, the chancellor told the BBC.Philip Hammond said the UK has been working closely with US and European partners...

  • 21 July 2019 Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney: Ireland would have to protect its place in the EU single marketIf the new UK prime minister wants to "tear up" the existing withdrawal agreement with the EU "we're in trouble", Ireland's deputy PM has said. Simon Coveney said the decision for a no-deal Brexit...

  • 20 July 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Gloria De Piero said she had received online abuse from people wanting to overturn the result of the EU referendum Labour's shadow justice minister Gloria De Piero has quit its front bench and decided not to stand at the next general election, saying she is worried about the party's "lack of tolerance".Ms De Piero, who is the MP for...