All articles by: David Hencke

Tory membership slump puts party in crisis

Published: September 29, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The Conservative Party is facing oblivion and doesn’t have enough activists to fight another general election successfully, John Strafford, chairman of the Campaign  for Conservative Democracy (pictured), has told Tribune …

Corbyn effect boosts political activity

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The number of political activists in Britain has doubled in the last four years – mainly but not entirely due to the resurgence of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, a paper …

NAO discovers benefits overpayments

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The government has overpaid people an estimated £5bn in benefits and tax credits despite initiating a harsh crackdown on benefit claimants and tough checks on tax credits, the National Audit …

Northern Ireland boundary changes could scupper May

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The fragile arrangement between Theresa May’s government and the Democratic Unionist Party could fall apart next year because of highly controversial proposals by the boundary commission to redraw constituencies which …

Attempt to gag watchdog after patients put at risk

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A French-owned private company and an accountancy firm has tried to gag Parliament’s financial watchdog from reporting the scandal of mislaid 700,000 NHS correspondence files. The report reveals that BDO, …

Tories plan rights clampdown

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A tough and controversial new law to curb extremism following the two terrorist outrages during the election campaign is certain to be included in the delayed Queen’s Speech by the …

Unison official ‘broke rules’

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A  £70,000 a year senior Unison official  has been savagely criticised by a part time judge for breaking union campaigning rules to ensure the re-election of Dave Prentis as general …

Citizenship scheme costs taxpayers millions

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Taxpayers have paid out millions of pounds up front to organisations for “ghost places” on  David Cameron’s flagship  National Citizen Service  programme  which were never filled, a report by the …

Directors quit Adam Smith group

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by David Hencke

One of the major bidders for taxpayers’ money from the Department for Inter­national Development has withdrawn from the overseas aid programme  following scathing criticism by MPs for “improper behaviour”. Adam …

Watchdog questions value of youth projects

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Theresa May has tweaked the progress of  National Citizen Service – one of David Cameron’s “big society” projects – by limiting money and dropping a commitment to a statutory requirement …

Equalities watchdog faces strike action

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by David Hencke

Compulsory redundancy notices were expected to be issued to staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission this week as  unions PCS and Unite pledged themselves to further one day …