• 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The law offers more protection to emergency service workers People who assault emergency services workers face tougher sentences now the maximum jail term has been increased from six to 12 months.The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act covers attacks on 999 staff and other blue light volunteers. There are about 20 assaults on...

  • 13 November 2018 Related TopicsWestminster harassment scandal Image copyright PA A campaigner against forced marriage says she was promised a peerage if she slept with a senior member of the House of Lords.Jasvinder Sanghera has disclosed that she is the woman who made a complaint against Lord Lester of Herne Hill.She said she had waived her anonymity in an interview with the Times to encourage...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Rhondda Cynon Taf council Image caption Carl Sargeant died in 2017 days after he was sacked from the Welsh Government The family of Carl Sargeant has been granted permission by a High Court judge to challenge the legality of an investigation into his sacking.First Minister Carwyn Jones sacked Mr Sargeant last year after claims of sexual harassment. The former...

  • 13 November 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Wages rose at the fastest pace in nearly a decade in the three months to September, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.Compared with a year earlier, wages excluding bonuses, rose by 3.2% - the biggest rise since the end of 2008 and up slightly on the previous quarter.However, the ONS warned that real wage growth was below the...

  • 13 November 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Britons will not need visas for short stays in the EU even if there is no Brexit deal, the European Commission has said.Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said there would be an exemption to visa rules - as long as the UK did the same for EU nationals.It would apply to trips of up to 90 days within any 180-day period.The...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Fiona Onasanya denies perverting the course of justice A Labour MP plotted with her brother to evade a speeding prosecution, a court has heard.Fiona Onasanya claimed a Russian man was behind the wheel when her Nissan Micra was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in July last year, jurors at the Old Bailey were told. Ms Onasanya, 35, denies one...

  • 13 November 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images The pound has surged against the dollar and the euro amid growing optimism a Brexit deal is close to being agreed. Sterling leapt 1.4% to trade at $1.3036 against the dollar in afternoon trade, whilst against the euro it jumped to a near seven-month high of €1.1542. The move came after a significant breakthrough in talks...

  • 13 November 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images We are now entering the Brexit "endgame", Prime Minister Theresa May tells us. What does she mean?The basics: A reminderThe UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29 March, 2019. The reason the UK is leaving is because people voted by 51.9% to 48.1% for Leave in the 2016 referendum. The UK and the EU have spent...

  • By Catrin Nye BBC Panorama 12 November 2018 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUniversal Credit experience: 'I've been left behind'Council tenants on universal credit have on average more than double the rent arrears of those still on housing benefit, a BBC investigation has found.In Flintshire, north Wales, one of the first counties to test the new payment, the...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 12 November 2018 comments Image copyright SPL A campaign group of vets has accused Defra and its ministers of telling "barefaced lies" about the effectiveness of one of its badger culls.The claim is contained in a letter from the group to the chief vet.It asks her to ensure the department retracts "insupportable claims that its badger cull policy...

  • 12 November 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Image caption Cabinet ministers in discussion at Chequers in July, when the Brexit plan was agreed Multiple cabinet ministers expressed significant doubts about the prime minister's preferred Brexit plan from the start, the BBC has learned. Parts of Theresa May's plan were described as "worrying", "disappointing" and "concerning"...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright PA Image caption Ronald Freeman has worked as an engineer contractor in Parliament for 11 years A lawyer was assaulted after he followed a Houses of Parliament contractor who had yanked his security pass off his neck, a court heard.Ronald Freeman is accused of shoving Peter Brooksbank to the ground outside a House of Commons bar on 5 December.Mr Brooksbank said...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright PA A member of the House of Lords should be suspended for sexually harassing a woman and offering her "corrupt inducements to sleep with him", the Lords Privileges Committee has said.The committee recommended a suspension of Lord Lester of Herne Hill until 2022, which would be the longest in modern parliamentary history.The House of Lords will debate a motion to...

  • 12 November 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister.The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest.Mr Drakeford, considered to be the favourite to win the...

  • 12 November 2018 Ministers have defended the choice of Sir Roger Scruton to head a new housing body, amid calls for him to quit.The conservative academic was recently named as chairman of a new public body to encourage better designed homes.But Labour said past "hateful" comments about homosexuality, which he once said was "not normal", and Islamophobia, which he called a "propaganda word",...

  • 12 November 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals?The government is facing a rebellion over when a crackdown on fixed-odds gambling machines is introduced.Ministers have promised to cut the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in October 2019 - but some MPs are calling for it to happen sooner.More than 20 Conservatives have...

  • 12 November 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"All options are on the table" if there is a no deal Brexit, Starmer tells TodayParliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a negotiated agreement, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has claimed.Asked during a BBC interview whether MPs could prevent a no-deal...

  • 12 November 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May returning to Downing Street on Monday Ministers have been told "judgement day is coming" over Brexit as the UK and EU strive for a deal within 48 hours.Officials are trying to hammer out an agreement on the terms of the UK's exit by Wednesday to enable EU leaders to agree it by the end of the...

  • 11 November 2018 Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Trump is in France to mark 100 years since the end of World War One A British minister has appeared to join growing criticism of US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday due to rain.Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood took an apparent swipe at the president on Twitter, saying "rain did not prevent our brave...

  • 11 November 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmily Thornberry: 'All options on the table' on BrexitLabour frontbencher Emily Thornberry has told the BBC "all options remain on the table", including a new referendum, if MPs vote down a Brexit deal.She was asked about party leader Jeremy Corbyn's comment to a German newspaper that Brexit cannot be...