• 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 Image copyright EDF Image caption Sizewell C (light grey on right) would be built north of the existing Sizewell B plant Energy consumers are being asked to share the cost of building new nuclear power plants, including any overrun costs. In a new document, the government outlined its new financing strategy for nuclear including Sizewell C, Suffolk. It said it has proved...

  • By Nabihah Parkar Newsbeat reporter 23 July 2019 Image copyright Mohammed Ali A mural painted on the side of a Birmingham takeaway has got the attention of US congresswoman Ilhan Omar.And the reason - the piece of art is based on her. Street artist Mohammed 'Aerosol' Ali wants it to be a sign of "solidarity" with the American politician.That's because Ilhan is one of four congresswomen of colour...

  • 23 July 2019 Image caption Beccy Barr had previously taken part in a have-a-go day at the fire service for a TV segment BBC TV presenter Beccy Barr is set to follow in her father's footsteps when she joins Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. The 41-year-old journalist from Lancaster is preparing to become a firefighter in September after almost 20 years in journalism.Her father Roy Barr spent...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Cotswolds Water Park Image caption A man's body was pulled from the water shortly before 20:50 BST A body of a man has been found by emergency services who were looking for a missing swimmer in a lake.The body was pulled from the water at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester shortly before 20:50 BST, Gloucestershire Police said.A spokesperson said the man was...

  • 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 Risks posed by right-wing extremists in the UK are to be included in the terror threat level system from now on.Previously the system only assessed the threat from "international terrorism".Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the assessment will now cover all forms of terrorism "irrespective of the ideology that inspires them" - including right-wing,...

  • 23 July 2019 Image copyright Chris McAndrew/ICVA Image caption Katie Kempen is chief executive of the monitoring body which pushed for the new rules Police in England and Wales must offer female detainees free sanitary products in case they are on their period while in custody, under new legislation.The amended codes of practice come after a watchdog suggested last year that police were...

  • 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...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 22 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows.Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced - so in that sense peat’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 Image copyright Getty Images British Airways pilots have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay, threatening a walkout over the key summer holiday period.The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said 93% of its members had voted in favour of industrial action.A strike would be likely to cause severe disruption, as Balpa represents about 90% of the airline's...

  • 22 July 2019 Image caption Mabuse said she was "thrilled and overjoyed" to be joining Strictly Motsi Mabuse, elder sister of Strictly Come Dancing star Oti, has been named as Dame Darcey Bussell's replacement on the BBC One show's judging panel.Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African champion and German Latin champion and a judge on Strictly Come Dancing's German...

  • 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 TopicsNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case Image copyright Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since April 2016 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for alleged spying, was kept in solitary confinement and chained to a bed in a psychiatric ward in Tehran, her husband has said.Richard Ratcliffe...

  • 22 July 2019 Related TopicsGulf crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt calls the seizure of the Stena Impero “state piracy"The foreign secretary has repeated his call for the release of a British-flagged ship and its crew detained in the Gulf by the Iranian military.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured the Stena Impero and its 23 crew members in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • By David Rhodes BBC News 21 July 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people may enjoy visiting the seaside but do they want to live there? More than half of England's coastal communities could see a decline in the number of residents aged under 30 by the year 2039.Analysis by BBC News of population projections has found seaside towns in northern England could see the biggest...