• 5 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large parts of the UK have been experiencing sunny and warm weather over the weekendExercise outside the home could be banned if people ignore the lockdown rules on staying at home and social distancing, the health secretary said. Matt Hancock told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the government would "take...

  • 5 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesFailure to provide enough protective equipment for frontline workers and delays over testing have been "serious mistakes" in tackling coronavirus, the new Labour leader has said. Sir Keir Starmer said in an article in the Sunday Times, that ministers took too long to explain why they were "so far behind" on testing. He also called for a "national vaccine...

  • By Brian Wheeler Political reporter 4 April 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright Getty ImagesEven before the coronavirus emergency, the next Labour leader was facing a formidable set of challenges. Here is what is likely to be at the top of Sir Keir Starmer's in-tray. Coronavirus In February, Sir Keir Starmer said that if he won the Labour leadership he would use...

  • 4 April 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Sir Keir Starmer has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. The 57-year old defeated Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in a ballot of party members, trade unionists and registered supporters and will succeed Jeremy Corbyn as opposition leader. The lawyer, who became an MP in 2015, won on the first round of voting, with...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All three candidates have said the party must put the divisions of recent years behind itThe winner of the three-month contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader will be announced on Saturday. Sir Keir Starmer is the favourite to be elected in a ballot of party members, trade unionists...

  • By David Molloy & Joe Tidy BBC News 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK Cabinet has been meeting via Zoom - something researchers say may not be idealThe hugely popular video meetings app Zoom has "significant weaknesses" which might make it unsuitable for secrets. A team at The Citizen Lab found that Zoom was using a non-standard type of...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics European elections 2019 Image copyright PAUL ELLISThe Brexit Party outspent the Conservatives and Labour in the UK's final elections to the European Parliament last year, figures show. Nigel Farage's party, which topped the polls with 31% of the total vote, spent £2.609m in the four months up to polling day on 23 May 2019. Despite barely campaigning at a...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laura Alvarez joins her husband on stage at last year's Labour conferenceJeremy Corbyn's wife has accused the media of having "vilified" the Labour leader and said he was "attacked by his own party" during his time in charge. In a rare public intervention, Laura Alvarez also told The Mirror...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image caption The PM took part in the clap for carers on ThursdayBoris Johnson will carry on self-isolating after continuing to display mild symptoms of the coronavirus including having a temperature. The prime minister tested positive for the virus last Friday and had been due to come out of self-isolation today. Mr Johnson continues to work from...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Houses of Parliament Image caption James 'Jimmy' Gordon was political editor of STV News and founded Radio ClydeA Scottish Labour peer and former broadcaster has died after reportedly contracting coronavirus. Lord Gordon of Strathblane passed away on Tuesday at the age of 83. James Gordon was formerly political editor of STV and...

  • 3 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright ReutersThe government is under pressure to explain how it will meet its target of increasing coronavirus testing ten-fold by the end of April. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he wants 100,000 tests to be carried out every day. But Labour said there were no details on how this could be achieved and what sort of testing would...

  • 2 April 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatt Hancock: "I'll stop at nothing to protect frontline staff"The government is aiming to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as he announced a "five-pillar" testing plan. It comes as the government was...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright PA MediaEU citizens applying to settle permanently in the UK after Brexit may face delays due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Home Office says it is facing a “challenging time” and new applications will take “longer than usual”. More than three million EU citizens have been granted settled status to live...

  • By Daniel Kraemer BBC Political Research Unit 2 April 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesCommons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is calling on the government to allow a "virtual Parliament" so that MPs can take part in debates from home when the Commons returns to work, still expected later this month. But would it work? Legislators across the world are struggling to find a balance between scrutiny and...

  • 2 April 2020 comments Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright Getty ImagesVoting in the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader ends later, ahead of the result on Saturday. Labour members have until 12:00 BST to choose between Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer. The party is also electing a new deputy leader, following Tom Watson's resignation...

  • 2 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright PA Media Image caption A drive-through coronavirus testing site has been set up at Chessington World of AdventuresTesting is the solution to "unlock the puzzle" of coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. Mr Johnson was speaking after it was revealed some 2,000 NHS England staff have been tested for the virus, out of a...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright HOC Image caption Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected Speaker in November last yearMPs should be able to take part in Prime Minister's Questions and debates via video if they are unable to return to work, Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said. Parliament has been shut down until 21 April to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But the Commons...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pandemic has led to the closure of Job CentresNearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened. The Department for Work and Pensions said 950,000 successful applications for the payment were made between 16 March, when...

  • By Brian Wheeler Political reporter 1 April 2020 Image copyright InphoPeople living in rented accommodation in England and Wales who have received an eviction notice have been urged not to move out. The government announced a three month ban on evictions as part of emergency coronavirus legislation. But the ban only covered new eviction proceedings, not people already in the court system. Last...

  • 1 April 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laura Smith said she has signed up for universal creditAn unemployed former Labour MP is campaigning to stop people's credit scores being affected by deferred payments due to the coronavirus crisis. Laura Smith, the ex-Crewe and Nantwich MP, out of work since December, wanted to reduce loan payments, but...