95% of UK burglaries and robberies not solved, data suggests

95% of UK burglaries and robberies not solved, data suggests

Britain’s largest police force has said it is doing all it can to bring thieves to justice after figures suggested 95% of burglaries and robberies across the UK are not being solved. The Metropolitan police said they were putting a “huge amount of effort” into tackling a rise in crime related to motor scooters, which […]

Leave.UK faces new questions over contacts with Russia

Leave.UK faces new questions over contacts with Russia

A leader of the Leave.EU campaign suggested sending a “message of support” to the Russian ambassador after the then foreign secretary made a speech that was critical of Russia, documents seen by the Observer suggest. The material also appears to show that Andy Wigmore, spokesman for the Leave.EU campaign and the business partner of Arron […]

Medical cannabis in UK: Billy Caldwell case renews debate over 'inhumane' laws

Medical cannabis in UK: Billy Caldwell case renews debate over 'inhumane' laws

Alfie’s grandmother has described the condition as “a death sentence” as the amount of steroids currently needed to treat it can eventually lead to psychosis, organ failure and death. Last September, Alfie, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication prescribed by a paediatric neurologist, and saw his seizures reduce […]

UK visa of Russian oligarch who met Arron Banks under review

UK visa of Russian oligarch who met Arron Banks under review

The oligarch who met Arron Banks to discuss a lucrative gold deal is one of 700 wealthy Russians whose “tier one” visas are being reviewed after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Siman Povarenkin is entitled to residency in the UK, and eventual citizenship, through his wife Irina’s visa. She moved to Britain in […]

UK auditor slams cost and rollout of universal credit benefit

UK auditor slams cost and rollout of universal credit benefit

The UK government’s rollout of universal credit benefits may cost more than the system it is replacing and officials will “never be able to measure” whether the reforms have increased employment, the government’s auditors have warned.  A highly critical National Audit Office report released on Friday concluded that the new system “has not delivered value […]

Can apprenticeships plug the UK's alarming digital skills gap?

Can apprenticeships plug the UK's alarming digital skills gap?

The UK has been struggling to make apprenticeships work for decades. Young people often see them as unfashionable and boring, with government statistics revealing the number of apprentices starting work over the last year has slumped by almost 100,000. British startup WhiteHat, which was co-founded in 2016 by Euan Blair, the son of former prime […]

Brexit: MPs reject bid to stay in EEA amid Labour revolt

Brexit: MPs reject bid to stay in EEA amid Labour revolt

Image copyright AFP Attempts to keep the UK in the European Economic Area after Brexit have been defeated in the House of Commons, amid a major Labour revolt over the issue. MPs reversed a move to retain the UK’s EEA links after it leaves the EU next year, which had been backed by the House […]

UK inflation at one-year low, but petrol prices hit three-year high – business live

UK inflation at one-year low, but petrol prices hit three-year high – business live

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. Britain’s cost of living squeeze is in the spotlight this morning, as we get new inflation figures showing how price changed in May. City economists predict that the Consumer Prices Index rose to around 2.5% last […]

UK parliament's Brexit showdown

UK parliament's Brexit showdown

LONDON — The Brexit show rolls on — and now it’s the turn of MPs to steal the spotlight. Consumed for weeks by Brexit battles with her Cabinet at home and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will face a third front in the battle for Brexit — the […]

Epileptic boy's mother barred from bringing cannabis oil into UK

Epileptic boy's mother barred from bringing cannabis oil into UK

The mother of a child who has up to 100 epileptic fits a day has had potentially life-saving cannabis oil confiscated from her by customs officers at Heathrow airport after trying to “openly smuggle” the substance into the UK. Charlotte Caldwell was not cautioned when she was stopped after a flight from Toronto, Canada, and […]