Politics UK




UK manufacturing growth 'accelerates'

Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated last month, according to a closely watched survey, with output, orders and employment all picking up. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in…


DUP wants an immediate return to Stormont

The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, proposed an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland along with a parallel, time-limited process to deal with culture and language. Mrs Foster described it as a “common-sense solution”…



Westminster whispers

Whispers of collaboration waft through the air. Rumours of a new political entity emerging into the light. Stories of politicians ready to cast aside tribal instinct and join something new. But that is quite enough…



UK summons North Korean ambassador

A government minister has held a face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s ambassador to condemn the country’s latest missile test. Mark Field, Britain’s minister for Asia and the Pacific, summoned the ambassador after North Korea fired…


Brexit hard grind

Michel Barnier’s urbanity never deserts him of course and David Davis wears his breezy demeanour like armour-plating. But behind their polished podium performances it’s clear there are major gaps between the EU and the UK…