Mark Sands is City A.M's political reporter.
Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that US President Donald Trump was "being a gentleman" when he was pictured holding her hand as the two walked outside the White House earlier this year. May was the first state leader to visit Trump after his inauguration, and an interview with American Vogue has seen the Prime Minister [...]
Former chancellor George Osborne has come out in defence of his new role as editor of the Evening Standard, arguing parliament is "enhanced" by such opportunities. Labour tabled an urgent question calling on the government to asses the functioning of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) and the Ministerial Code following Osborne's appointment. The former chancellor submitted [...]
The kick-off date for the Brexit process has been confirmed as Wednesday 29 March. The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, contacted EU council president Donald Tusk today to provide advance notice of the launch of Brexit talks. May will contact Tusk directly to launch negotiations. A spokesperson for May said: "We have always been [...]
Six out of 10 firms facing increased business rate bills are already planning cutbacks, new figures reveal. The revaluation of business rates is due to come into force next week, and after building pressure chancellor Philip Hammond introduced some transitional protections for firms in his Budget. However, a survey of London's firms has now laid [...]
Prime Minister Theresa May will kick off a nation-wide tour with a visit to Wales this week as part of a move to "strengthen and sustain the precious Union." Details of the trip were announced as Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon doubled down on her commitment to holding a second independence referendum. Dates for May's [...]
Prime Minister Theresa May could accelerate energy market reform, bringing forward plans within weeks after hinting at an intervention on Friday. A green paper on energy pricing had been expected next month, but now speculation is rife that it could emerge even sooner as Downing Street seeks to capitalise on growing momentum. Former Tory minister John [...]
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of taking her party's support from the business community "for granted", and issued a stark warning to Conservative MPs to "defect or resign". Speaking at the Lib Dem's spring conference in York, Farron said that May had "hung out to dry her own backers in British [...]
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to secure Scotland's membership in Europe's Single Market after last week declaring she would seek a referendum on independence. Last Monday, Sturgeon announced she would call on MSPs to back a motion demanding a vote on remaining within the UK by Spring 2019. Downing Street has already slapped down the [...]
Prime Minister Theresa May will tomorrow vow to protect the UK's “precious” union as she hits back at plans for a second independence referendum in Scotland. Speaking in Cardiff, May will lay out an expanded “Plan for Britain”, vowing to put Britain first and issuing a warning to Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon. Expanding on the themes [...]
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