• 21 February 2020 Image copyright ReutersNorthern Ireland's new Secretary of State Brandon Lewis will meet Tánaiste (Irish deputy prime minister) Simon Coveney at Stormont later on Friday. It is their first meeting since Mr Lewis replaced Julian Smith. It also follows the Irish general election which saw Mr Coveney's Fine Gael party come in third place. That government, under Taoiseach...

  • By Nick Eardley BBC political correspondent 21 February 2020 Related Topics Alex Salmond case Image copyright EPATake a quick glance at Scottish politics and things could hardly look better for the SNP. The party won more than three-quarters of seats in Scotland at December's election. The Conservatives and Labour languish far behind in the Scottish polls. Those polls also suggest support for...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesHouseholds in England face further council tax rises from April, according to research. The County Councils Network said the majority of councils that run social care services would be raising council tax by the full amount allowed - 3.99%. But it said councils faced a funding shortfall of £19bn over the next five years and it has called for...

  • 20 February 2020 comments Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright Getty ImagesLabour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy has said she would would be "happy" to serve in a shadow cabinet led by either of her rivals. Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, she said she, Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey were "quite good mates behind the scenes". Sir Keir, seen as the...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright PA MediaHome Secretary Priti Patel has tried to move the most senior civil servant in her department, it is understood. Responding to a report in the Times, a well-placed source told the BBC there had been a "genuine disagreement" between Ms Patel and Sir Philip Rutnam. But they denied claims that she "bullied and belittled" officials. The Home Office said "no...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn 'would consider shadow cabinet role'Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider serving in the shadow cabinet if offered a job by his successor as Labour leader. One of the candidates, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has said she would offer Mr Corbyn a place in her team if...

  • 20 February 2020 comments Image copyright PA Media Image caption Barlinnie dates from the 19th CenturyMSPs say "urgent action" is needed to address the pressure on Scotland's overcrowded prisons. Holyrood's public audit committee said conditions in the largest jail, HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow, were so poor that a contingency plan was needed in case it became uninhabitable. The report warned "if...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Stormont deal Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Julian Smith said the prime minister signed off on the Stormont dealThe former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith says Prime Minister Boris Johnson read and approved the agreement for the restoration of Stormont. Mr Smith was sacked during the cabinet reshuffle last week. There was speculation he was...

  • 20 February 2020 Related Topics Labour Party leadership election Image copyright AFP/ Getty ImagesTony Blair will say that "nothing less than 'born again' head-to-toe renewal will do" for Labour, as party members prepare to choose their next leader. The ex-PM - who led Labour from 1994 to 2007 - will warn the party could be out of government for a decade unless it adopts a new "radical"...

  • 19 February 2020 Image caption The legislation would give ministers a duty to enforce the free provision of period productsThe Scottish government is to support legislation to make period products available free of charge to all. Labour MSP Monica Lennon put forward a bill at Holyrood aiming to tackle "period poverty" across Scotland. Ministers had previously opposed it, citing worries about...

  • 18 February 2020 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDominic Cummings leaves for work after Andrew Sabisky rowThe prime minister's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, has told journalists to "read Philip Tetlock's Superforecasters, instead of political pundits who don't know what they're talking about". His comments followed the resignation of Downing Street adviser Andrew...

  • 19 February 2020 comments Related Topics Storm Dennis Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rescuers take a resident through floodwaters in MonmouthPoliticians and officials have held talks on the damage and disruption caused by recent storms in Wales, at a Welsh Government summit. Representatives from councils and emergency services took part. First Minister Mark Drakeford has promised up...

  • 18 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jackson Carlaw comfortably defeated Michelle Ballantyne in the Scottish Tory leadership contestJackson Carlaw has dropped his former leadership rival Michelle Ballantyne from his Scottish Conservative front bench team at Holyrood. Mr Carlaw was announced as Ruth Davidson's replacement as party leader on Friday, defeating Ms Ballantyne....

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright UK ParliamentAndrew Stephenson has been appointed minister for HS2 - the high-speed rail link connecting London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. He also has responsibility for the Transpennine and Northern Powerhouse Rail routes. Earlier this month Boris Johnson said he would appoint a minister to "restore discipline" to HS2. It has come under fire over...

  • 19 February 2020 Image caption Caroline Lucas said she didn't believe she had done anything wrongGreen MP Caroline Lucas is under investigation for a possible breach of parliamentary rules for offering a tour of the Commons in exchange for £150, as part of a fundraising drive. The Code of Conduct for MPs states members must not offer tours of the House in raffles or auctions. A complaint...

  • 18 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesLow-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to "move away" from relying on "cheap labour" from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU...

  • 18 February 2020 Image copyright Virginia Crosbie Image caption Virginia Crosbie won the hotly contested seat of Anglesey by more than 1,900 votes in December's general electionA woman who has repeatedly "bad-mouthed" her MP on Twitter was rescued by her during Storm Dennis in an "awkward" encounter. Constituent Siobhan Davies flagged down a car in Rhosneigr, Anglesey, on Sunday driven by MP...

  • 18 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plaid Cymru had failed to declare cash from the House of Commons authoritiesPlaid Cymru has been fined £29,000 for failing to report cash it received from taxpayers' funds worth nearly £500,000. The Electoral Commission said over a two-year period Plaid had omitted 36 separate sums from quarterly reports. Plaid had failed to...

  • 18 February 2020 comments Related Topics Brexit Image copyright EPA Image caption Michel Barnier is the EU's chief negotiator for BrexitThe UK cannot have the same trade deal with the EU as Canada, according to the bloc's chief negotiator. Michel Barnier said the EU was ready to offer an "ambitious partnership" with the UK post-Brexit, but its "particular proximity" meant it would be different....

  • 17 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kate Forbes was formerly public finance minister, but has now been promotedKate Forbes has been appointed as the Scottish government's new finance secretary following the resignation of Derek Mackay. The 29-year-old became the first woman to set out a budget at Holyrood or Westminster when she stepped in for Mr Mackay earlier this...