The year the metro mayors took centre stage | Mayoral elections

There was a telling moment on the local election campaign trail in Gloucester this week when Boris Johnson was asked if he knew who the West of England mayor was. Waffle ensued. Johnson – who once said that as the first prime minister since Clement Attlee to have been a mayor, he knew the “the … Read more

‘No country immune’ from UK’s aid cuts, says Raab | Global development

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has told MPs that “no country is immune” from the impending aid cuts, but failed to clarify when specific plans would be made public. Speaking after the release of the first details of the £4bn cuts to international aid, which have been widely criticised as “draconian” and opaque, the … Read more