All articles by: Ian Hernon

Tories set to crash in London elections

Published: March 20, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

A new analysis has found that the Tories are heading for a record all-time low in local elections in London on 3 May. The number of Conservative councillors in the …

Putin calls spy attack charge ‘drivel’

Published: March 19, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Vladimir Putin dismissed claims that Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, as “drivel”. In his first public comments about the nerve agent attack, …

Sacked cancer sufferer wins landmark case

Published: March 18, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Workplace protection for cancer sufferers was boosted by a landmark legal case supported by the Unite general union which should ensure that people suffering with “pre-cancer” will be protected under …

NHS ‘necessary evils’ fail thousands

Published: March 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The Royal College of Surgeons reported that thousands of patients in England have been left in “pain and discomfort” because of the decision to postpone operations, with those waiting for …

Momentum’s Lansman quits Gen Sec contest

Published: March 12, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Momentum founder Jon Lansman has pulled out of the contest to become Labour’s new general secretary amid claims of rifts within the party’s Left. He Twittered that he had achieved …

McDonnell demands end to ‘failed austerity’

Published: March 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called on the government to use its spring statement to end an “immediate crisis” in public services and ditch its failed austerity programme. McDonnell (pictured) …

Bercow embroiled in new Westminster bullying row

Published: March 9, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

A BBC Newsnight probe has uncovered more complaints that MPs bullied, harassed and intimidated House of Commons staff and allegations that complainants were not taken seriously. Among those accused of …

Tories obey media tycoons over Leveson

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The government has controversially announced that it will not implement the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry which followed the phone-hacking scandal. The Tories have also U-turned over plans to …

News in brief

Published: February 25, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Unemployment increased for the first time in 17 months at the end of last year.

Obituary: Ian Aitken

Published: February 23, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Long-serving Guardian political editor Ian Aitken top and tailed his career providing erudite and perceptive articles for Tribune, chronicling post-war politics and the Thatcher and Blair eras. He is much …

Corbyn pressed on Brexit stance

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn has come under increased pressure to clarify Labour’s position on Brexit. The party’s national executive chair, Andy Kerr, received 17,000 emails over five days from people lobbying for …

Ramaphosa takes on SA’s poisoned chalice

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected South Africa’s president as the only candidate nominated by parliament, dominated by his African National Congress, a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. In …