All articles by: Ian Hernon

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 …

Johnson ‘reassurance’ fails to reassure

Published: February 14, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Boris Johnson warned both fellow Tories and the Opposition that any bid to reverse Brexit would be “disastrous” and leave millions of citizens feeling betrayed. The foreign secretary, who led …

No deal yet over NI Assembly

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May returned to London after talks failed to end the 13-month stalemate between the parties which has seen Northern Ireland run by civil servants. SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said …

Labour launches renationalisation assault

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour’s big guns have put re-nationalisation of public services firmly back at the top of the political agenda. Leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the questions of ownership and control “go …

Tesco faces huge equal pay case

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Supermarket giant Tesco is facing possibly the largest equal pay challenge in UK history after law firm Leigh Day announced legal proceedings claiming up to £4 billion to compensate workers. …

Maternity fuels gender pay gap

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Gender differences in rates of full-time and part-time paid work after childbirth are an important driver of differences in hourly wages between men and women, a briefing from the respected …

Ryanair pilots win union rights

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) and Ryanair signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement. The breakthrough came after Ryanair’s announcement before Christmas that it was changing its stance towards …

Northern workers most at risk from robots

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The Centre for Cities has warned that workers in northern England and the Midlands are most at risk of losing their jobs to robots. The think tank estimated that by …

Think tank attacks vocation ‘snobbery’

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The Social Market Foundation has warned of “institutional snobbery” against vocational exams. It reported that half of white working-class students in England have vocational qualifications as well as A-levels, while …

Older people need more housing aid, say MPs

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The cross-party communities and local government select committee has urged that older people should be given more help with housing to help them stay healthy and reduce the need for …

Misbehaving MPs could be thrown out

Published: February 8, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

A cross-party Commons committee has ruled that MPs found to have bullied or harassed their staff should apologise, undergo training, and in more serious cases, be suspended or forced to …

Sargeant wins late father’s Senydd seat

Published: February 7, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The son of sacked former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant, whose death sparked an Assembly by-election in Alyn and Deeside, has won the vote with an increased margin for the …

May told to deliver as challengers circle

Published: February 4, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has been warned she must deliver a “clean Brexit” or face further divisions in the Conservative Party, leading to a possible backbench leadership coup.

Loan scheme for Carillion creditors

Published: February 3, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Contractors hit by the collapse of Carillion will be free to apply for Government-backed loans as part of a £100m support package. The British Business Bank will support high street …

May says no to Customs Union

Published: February 2, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has insisted the UK will leave the EU’s Customs Union and negotiate a free-trade agreement. The prime minister’s move was seen as an attempt to curb Tory fears …

Defiant May tries to swap EU for China

Published: January 31, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has pledged to build on a “golden era” of UK-China relations while dismissing domestic threats to her premiership, saying “I’m not a quitter.” Brushing aside the Tory civil …