All articles by: Ian Hernon

Holyrood slammed over GP funding

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Royal College of GPs has accused the Scottish government of “long-standing under­funding” of GP practices and slammed the “confusion” surrounding £500m of future spending commitments. In a written submission …

US may send arms to Ukraine

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Kurt Volker, the new US special representative for Ukraine, confirmed that the Trump administration is considering sending weapons to help government forces fighting Russian- backed rebels. He insisted that such …

News In Brief

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Public sector workers are thousands of pounds a year worse off than they were in 2010, the TUC has reported. With inflation outpacing the government’s 1% limit on pay rises …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With MPs away for the summer recess, it is time to look back at the many achievements of Theresa May’s government. They make her “strong and stable” mantra look like …

No fall in asbestos deaths

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The number of deaths from mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops following the inhalation of asbestos fibres, continues to run at over 2,500 a year. There were 2,542 such …

Tribunals victory for workers’ rights

Published: July 26, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Supreme Court, in a breakthrough for the labour movement, ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful, and that the government must repay up to £32m …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

There is a battle royale going on within the Parliamentary Conservative party. The killing zone, however, is largely outwith the public eye – with Tories competing for the chairs of …

Charities back Living Wage

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Living Wage Foundation has reported a groundswell in support for responsible pay in the charity sector, with more charities signing up to the real Living Wage (LW) than ever …

News In Brief

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Thousands of people marched by Downing Street and on to Parliament Square on July 1 on a demonstration against the government’s economic policies organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. …

Call for Ukraine to join NATO

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Ukraine’s president has asked for discussions to begin on an action plan that could eventually lead to the country’s membership of Nato. Petro Poroshenko said the will of the Ukrainian …

Venezuela Supreme Court frees López

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has praised the decision to free one of the country’s main opposition leaders. Leopoldo López has been moved to house arrest after more than three years …

Tories buy power with ‘cash for votes’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

In a very narrow sense, the Democratic Unionist Party’s sleazy deal to prop up Theresa May’s administration has done us all a favour by exposing the hyp­ocrisy of the Tories …

Pay rise ‘on the agenda’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt signalled he will press the Chancellor to give public sector staff more pay.. He praised the way NHS staff and the other emergency services responded to …

News In Brief

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Barclays Bank and four of its former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case concerns the way the …

Tanzania: ‘No school for mums’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Tanzanian President John Magufuli faced outrage after saying that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. A pan-African women’s organisation is mobilising via an online …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The eventual, inevitable downfall of Theresa May could well prove to have been triggered by post-election reports from Tory constituencies whose incumbents either lost or only narrowly survived. A good …