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SDLP: No deal leaves governments ’embarrassed’

SDLP: No deal leaves governments ’embarrassed’

Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption Colum Eastwood made the comments after the Prime Minister and the taoiseach held a series of meetings with the parties in Northern Ireland Colum Eastwood has said the UK and Irish governments have been “left embarrassed” after leaving Belfast without a deal to restore devolution. Theresa May and Leo Varadkar […]

MPs launch inquiry into workplace harassment

MPs launch inquiry into workplace harassment

Image copyright Getty Images MPs are to examine the use of non-disclosure agreements as part of an inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. The Women and Equalities Committee said it would consider whether they were being abused by employers and legal experts to “cover up wrongdoing”. How to protect staff and make it easier […]

Price cap on energy bills urgently needed, says committee

Price cap on energy bills urgently needed, says committee

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A select committee says an absolute price cap on energy bills is required to stop customers from being over-charged The government’s planned cap on energy bills should be introduced urgently, to stop customers from being overcharged, a report from MPs says. Competition was not working and had failed to […]

‘Political uncertainty spooks consumers’

‘Political uncertainty spooks consumers’

Image copyright Danske Bank Image caption Danske Bank says inflation has squeezed household spending Analysis by Danske Bank suggests “political uncertainty” has contributed to consumer confidence in Northern Ireland hitting a four-year low. It said confidence was also dented by inflation squeezing household spending. The bank monitors consumer sentiment in surveys of more than 1,000 […]

Theresa May urges ‘one final push’ on Stormont talks

Theresa May urges ‘one final push’ on Stormont talks

Image caption Theresa May said she had “full and frank conversations with the main parties” Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Northern Ireland’s parties to make one final push towards an agreement to restore devolved government. Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said he was hopeful that a deal would be struck this week. They were […]

Theresa May and Leo Varadkar meet Stormont parties

Theresa May and Leo Varadkar meet Stormont parties

Image copyright Leo Varadkar Image caption Leo Varadkar tweeted a photo of the intergovernmental talks at Stormont The British and Irish prime ministers have been holding a series of meetings with the Northern Ireland parties. It comes amid speculation the DUP and Sinn Féin are close to agreeing a deal to restore devolved government. Image […]

No shared leave for shared leave minister

No shared leave for shared leave minister

Media captionGovernment minister promotes a policy he can’t use himself The government minister in charge of persuading more couples to share their parental leave says he is not allowed to take up the scheme. Business Minister Andrew Griffiths, who is due to become a dad in April, said that as an “office holder rather than […]

Oxfam: Deputy resigns over sex claims amid crisis talks

Oxfam: Deputy resigns over sex claims amid crisis talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Penny Lawrence says she took “full responsibility” for the behaviour of staff in Chad and Haiti Oxfam’s deputy chief executive has resigned over the handling of a sex scandal involving aid workers. The British charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while […]

Ian Blackford rules out running for SNP deputy leader

Ian Blackford rules out running for SNP deputy leader

The SNP’s Westminster leader has ruled himself out of the contest to be the party’s next deputy leader. Ian Blackford, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said he will not be running to succeed Angus Robertson. In a post on Twitter, he said he wanted to concentrate on his constituency and his role as […]

Oxfam Haiti sex claims: Charity to meet government

Oxfam Haiti sex claims: Charity to meet government

Media captionPenny Mordaunt: ‘They did absolutely the wrong thing’ Senior Oxfam managers will meet the international development secretary later as the charity deals with a fallout from claims of sexual misconduct by its aid workers. Penny Mordaunt wants to hear more from Oxfam about allegations its staff used prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. She has […]