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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. …

Labour Hits at May over tuition fees

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Tribune web editor

Labour’s conference opened in Brighton with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell throwing down a challenge to the Government on tuition fees. But while the party leader accused the Government of …

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 …

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 …

‘Injustice’ as patients denied care costs

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients, in some cases denying them care. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb MP (pictured) said England-wide data obtained …

Debt repayment problems on the rise

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New figures from the Money Advice Service show that in at least 10 areas of the UK more than a fifth of the residents are missing bill payments repeatedly, with …

Legal bills threaten NHS care

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The National Audit Office warned that rising cost of litigation is threatening the financial health of the NHS in England. The bill for clinical negligence has quadrupled in the last …

Academy plans may founder

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

An academy trust which runs 21 schools pulled out in the first week of the new term, throwing doubt on the nationwide programme. Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it …

Tunisia marriage law relaxed

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Tunisian government has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to …

Ken Clarke hits out at BoJo

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Tribune web editor

Former Cabinet veteran and pro-EU Con­ervative MP Ken Clarke accused the Foreign Secretary of “exploiting” the PM’s weak position. Mr Clarke said that “in normal circum­stances” Boris Johnson would have …

Call for more rights for mums and dads

Published: September 19, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC report found that asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to low-paid mums and dads being penalised. Almost half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to …