'McMafia' law: woman who spent £16m at Harrods is jailed banker's wife

'McMafia' law: woman who spent £16m at Harrods is jailed banker's wife

The woman at the centre of the UK’s first McMafia-style “dirty money” investigation who has a £1.6m-a-year Harrods spending habit has been unmasked as Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker jailed for defrauding his state-owned bank out of as much as £2.2bn. The court of appeal has lifted a veil of secrecy allowing […]

UK army investigates after Tommy Robinson poses with soldiers

UK army investigates after Tommy Robinson poses with soldiers

The army is investigating after the far-right activist Tommy Robinson posted a photograph of himself surrounded by what appeared to be soldiers or cadets. The former English Defence League (EDL) leader, 35, shared a picture of himself posing with a group of grinning young men in camouflage uniform. He also posted a video of himself […]

Uber UK strike: users urged not to cross 'digital picket line'

Uber UK strike: users urged not to cross 'digital picket line'

Uber customers are being urged not to cross a “digital picket line” on Tuesday during the first coordinated national strike by British drivers with the app-based service. The 24-hour strike starts at 1pm and there will be protests by drivers outside the company’s offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham. The action is part of a […]

Brexit: Japan 'would welcome' UK to TPP says Abe

Brexit: Japan 'would welcome' UK to TPP says Abe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May met Shinzo Abe on an official visit to Japan last year Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with “open arms” after it leaves the EU, Japan’s prime minister has said. While the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after […]

To get a deal, let's allow EU officials at UK borders

To get a deal, let's allow EU officials at UK borders

Two years ago, over 17 million people voted to leave the EU to take back control of our laws, money, borders and trade. It’s now clear that the Prime Minister’s Chequers proposal doesn’t deliver this for the UK because we would be required to follow the EU’s regulatory rulebook, hobbling our ability to do trade […]

Reality Check: Does the UK export many of its services?

Reality Check: Does the UK export many of its services?

The claim: The vast majority of services produced in the UK economy are not traded internationally. Reality Check verdict: That is true. But the vast majority of goods produced in the UK are not traded internationally either. Chancellor Philip Hammond was on BBC Radio 4 on Monday morning talking about the proposals in Prime Minister […]

Cuadrilla to revive UK fracking drive within days at Lancashire well

Cuadrilla to revive UK fracking drive within days at Lancashire well

The UK shale industry’s long-delayed fracking drive will begin again next week, after the leading company Cuadrilla confirmed it will start working on a well in Lancashire within days. The well at Preston New Road, between Blackpool and Preston, will be the first to be fracked in the UK since 2011, after years of hold-ups […]

Free time should be measure of UK's well-being, say Greens

Free time should be measure of UK's well-being, say Greens

Image copyright Green Party/PA Image caption Co-leaders Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley were elected in September People’s free time should be recorded as a way to measure the UK’s “well-being”, the Green Party says. The party will call for a “Free Time Index” and say that time spent outside work and commuting is a better […]