All articles by: Chris McLaughlin

May’s transition deal condemned

Published: March 20, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Businesses, fishermen and Irish politicians have condemned the “decisive step” deal agreed between Britain and the European Union. Chief negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier announced following lengthy talks that …

Data theft company to face new probe

Published: March 20, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Ministers are under pressure to act following claims that millions of voters private data was used to help sway the result of the Brexit referendum. The social media company Cambridge …

Northamptonshire may bite the dust

Published: March 18, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A Tory local council is about to be scrapped following a damning report by government investigators which found its financial and political management “sloppy” and out of control. The report …

Poisoned spy linked to Trump dossier agent

Published: March 10, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

The former Russian double agent mysteriously poisoned by nerve gas in Salisbury has been linked to a security consultant involved in the controversial investigation into President Donald Trump and allegations …

Corbyn slams Saudi prince over Yemen

Published: March 9, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A visit to Britain by the Saudi crown prince came under fire from human rights campaigners protesting at breaches of civil rights in Yemen? The protests, which included an outspoken …

Italy faces chaotic election hangover

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A populist anti establishment backlash has cast doubts over the long-term future of Italy in the European Union after initial general election results indicated a hung parliament. With final results …

SPD risks all in new German coalition

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Five months of political paralysis in Europe’s largest economy have ended in a “grand coalition” in which the Social Democrats have one again risked their historical soul. In a deal …

Call for supermarkets to abandon plastics

Published: March 2, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Supermarkets are being urged to follow European pioneers and open stores with no plastic packaging. The call follows action by a Dutch company which has opened its first non-plastic shop …

GPs paid to avoid hospital refererrals

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Family doctors are being encouraged with financial bonuses to reduce the number of patients referred on for treatment in hospitals. The financial incentives are being offered to GPs as part …

Cash for homeless still not paid

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Government cash to help the homeless and rough sleepers has been shelved during the worst weather conditions on recent record. The decision comes at a time when a ministerial task …

Energy price hike is on the way

Published: February 28, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Householders have been told to expect increases in energy prices. Warning of the rises, by smaller suppliers wanting to pass on increases in wholesale costs, comes in the middle of …