All articles by: Ian Hernon

Trump isolated over Iran nuclear deal

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Key US allies have promised to stand by the Iran nuclear deal which President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up. After Trump said he would not sign off on …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

After months of summer recess and the party conference season, during which Theresa May’s woes and Tory infighting over Brexit have snatched the headlines, MPs are finally getting to grips …

Lives at risk as promises broken

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour has warned that the government is putting lives at risk by refusing to provide funding to local authorities to pay for tower block sprinkler systems. After the Grenfell Tower …

Single parents suffer income squeeze

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The single parent charity Gingerbread has found that harsh welfare policies, low quality work and the high cost of living mean that single parents are finding it increasingly hard to …

Watchdog pushes for wage enforcement

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Underpayment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) affects as many as 580,000 workers at different times of the year, according to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) Underpayment is highly seasonal …

Younger workers are being left behind

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The TUC has warned in its evidence to the Low Pay Commission that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates risk leaving younger workers behind As the rate for 21- to …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

There is nothing new in Tory turmoil over Europe – as every party leader since Ted Heath will testify – and this week’s conference shindig in Manchester has only highlighted …

Boris backs off – but for how long?

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

After weeks of sniping over Brexit, Boris Johnson used his Tory conference speech to heap praise on Theresa May, claiming he backed “every syllable” of her recent Florence speech setting …

Tech advances must serve all

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey outlined Labour’s plan to ensure the “fourth industrial revolution” serves the many, not the few. She said: “The pace of change we have seen in …

Levy on bookies

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour intends to force bookmakers to pay a levy to help treat problem gamblers. Deputy leader Tom Watson said the cash would be used for NHS treatment and to end …

Thousands protest at Tory conference

Published: October 2, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that up to 30,000 people joined various anti-austerity protests, rallies and marches as the Conservatives opened their annual party conference. arriving at their conference in Manchester …

May derided for youth vote grab

Published: October 2, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s desperate attempts to appeal to the youth vote which cost her a majority at the last election were met with almost universal derision. At the start of her …

Corbyn slams Brexit bungles

Published: September 27, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of “self-interested Brexit bungling” and told the government to “pull themselves together or make way”.. Ahead of his keynote speech to the Labour conference in …

NHS needs huge cash boost

Published: September 26, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour called on the government to spend an extra £500m on a winter bailout fund for the NHS. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (pictured) told delegates at the party’s Brighton …

Labour calls for ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Published: September 26, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey outlined Labour’s plan to ensure the “fourth industrial revolution” serves the many, not the few. She told the conference: “The pace of change we have …

New anti-semitism row hits Labour

Published: September 26, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour frontbenchers moved swiftly to prevent the latest controversy over alleged anti-Semitism within the party hi-jacking conference coverage. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that members who make “disgusting” comments …

Labour ducks debate on Brexit

Published: September 25, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has denied Labour’s leadership is aiming to stifle the Brexit debate after conference delegates blocked a vote on the issue. Pro-EU MPs had pushed for a …

Labour to take action on debt

Published: September 25, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour has pledged legislation limiting the amount of interest that can be charged on credit card debts so that nobody would pay more in interest than they had originally borrowed. …

Billions lost through Tory inaction on tax

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The cost of the Government’s inaction on tax avoidance is the equivalent of building 21 new hospitals or 365 new secondary schools. The comparison was made by Shadow Chief Secretary …