1 month ago
Tusk with @MichelBarnier to prepare for meeting on Brexit with PM @theresa_may on Friday
The National Health Service England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant says "we can no longer avoid the difficult debate about what it is possible to deliver for patients with the money available"
Britain slashed its growth forecasts for its Brexit-bound economy and expects to borrow a lot more going into the next decade - Hammond
UK Office for Budget Responsibility says "the consequence of introducing the relief will be to increase house prices"
Blackford (SNP): The difference in average annual gender gap in pay has jumped from 19.8% to 20.8%
Blackford (SNP): We know that the PM is going to present a financial deal to the EU next week, but there was no mention of that in this budget
Blackford (SNP): We're heading for a no deal Brexit, but the chancellor made no mention of that. He has failed to act because the Brexiteers have set the agenda for this government. He's in office, but not in power
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has set out his Budget today. Key points of it
Blackford (SNP): Let me welcome the removal of VAT on fire and police services, but let me remind chancellor that he could have backed an amendment to the Finance Bill in 2015 that would have saved our emergency services £140m
Blackford (SNP): This is what post Brexit Britain looks like. An absolute shredding of growth forecasts
Morgan (Conservative): Brexit hangs over this budget like a cloud. Some think it has a silver lining. Some think more rain is to come
Single biggest UK Budget line item changed today in 2019/20 - domestic spending on EU exit preps of £1.5 billion
Corbyn: This lack of investment has consequences- sluggish growth . Britain has the lowest rate of public investment in the G7
Corbyn: The govt promised 200k starter homes 3 years ago, not a single one has been built
Corbyn: There is a crisis of low paid, insecure work. A record of 7m people in working households living in poverty
Corbyn: I say the Chancellor again, put [UC] on hold so we can keep 1.3m children out of poverty
Corbyn: The poorest 10% of the country will lose 10% of their income by 2021. The richest get richer
Corbyn: 120,000 children will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation. 3 new pilot schemes simply does not cut it
Corbyn: the test of the budget is the way it affects ordinary people's lives. The reality will be that a lot of people will be no better off. The misery people are suffering will be continuing
Hammond: We are at a turning point in our history and we resolve to look forwards not backwards, to embrace change to build a Britain fit for the future
Philip Hammond announces that he will abolish stamp duty for all first time home buyers up to £300,000
Hammond: That is a stamp duty cut for 95% of first time buyers today we have made a substantial down payment
"We will deliver an additional £10bn of capital investment in frontline NHS services", says @PhilipHammond
The Chancellor has announced at least £44bn of funding to support the housing market over the next five years with the aim of building 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s
Extra £28m promised for Grenfell victims. @PhilipHammondUK says "financial constraints" cannot get in the way of fire safety
Hammond: We'll establish a homelessness task force to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and to eliminating it by 2027
Hammond: We will not allow financial constraints to get in the way of any essential fire safety work
Hammond: There's a wider concern across the house about the tax system in the digital age Multinational digital businesses pay bns in royalties in jursidictions where they are not taxed. We will apply income tax on these royalities
_May responds to MP who asks if Universal Credit will "continue to shame" her government
Greater Manchester Police says a 31-year-old man has been arrested in Nelson in Lancashire on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says the scientific evidence does not support a causal association between hormone pregnancy test Primodos and pregnancy risks
UK PM says a number of members are concerned about Primodos but says review was comprehensive. I recognise these conclusions are hard to accept, says May
UK PM claims animal welfare standards will be enhanced post-Brexit. This comes after MPs voted to exclude animal sentience from Withdrawal Bill
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman says the Budget will include "significant investments for the future in skills, infrastructure and research and development"
Downing Street says Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget will "adopt a balanced approach, continuing to restore the public finances to health while investing in the NHS and public services and tackling the chronic shortage of housing"
Financial Times: UK and EU aim to conclude withdrawal deal within three weeks
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Robert Mugabe's resignation is a "moment of hope" for the people of Zimbabwe and the former President "squandered" his legacy
MPs push May for U-turn on plan to ditch EU rights law
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Robert Mugabe's resignation provides Zimbabwe with an "opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression"
Britain to detail Brexit bill when EU agrees to move talks forward
Amsterdam and Paris win post-Brexit EU agencies in lucky dip
Britain will honor commitments made to EU: May's spokesman
UK Brexit minister Davis says reaching a deal with the EU is the most likely and best outcome
The National Police Chiefs' Council says an investigation into alleged data manipulation by individuals working at a Randox Testing Services forensics laboratory in Manchester has identified more than 10,000 cases which "may have been affected"
The UK lead non-executive director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Steve Holliday is to step down over demands made by Environment Secretary Michael Gove – sources
UK Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis says he hopes to publish immigration White Paper before Christmas
May meets senior ministers to discuss Brexit divorce bill offer
DUP says Northern Ireland will leave EU on same terms as rest of UK
Interfax: Farnborough air show bans Russia from displaying its military planes.