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Labour ready for election battle

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour insists it is ready to fight the surprise June 8 election called by Theresa May. The party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was a chance to get a government …

Nurses to be consulted over strike

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want …

Leaseholders suffer ‘extortion’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has condemned “legalised extortion” after new  figures showed that there are now four million leasehold homes in England. Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said: “Home-owners who own their home …

Motability vehicles cut

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially adapted vehicles taken away since changes to disability benefits in 2013. The Motability scheme entitles disabled people to lease a specially adapted …

Paltry fines over asbestos

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Two companies have been fined a total of just £15,000 for putting people at risk of cancer caused by asbestos at a property in Leatherhead. A Health and Safety Executive …

Turkey votes for Christmas

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

President Recip Tayyip Erdo?an, as expected, won his battle to be granted sweeping new dictatorial powers, though only by a narrow margin. Afterwards, international monitors reported that Turkey’s referendum campaign …

Big three seek to defuse nuclear tensions

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

America, China and Russia appear to be moving towards an uneasy alliance to pressure North Korea into pulling back from the brink a nuclear war. But tensions were being ratcheted …

Protestor dead in Venezuela unrest

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A teenage demonstrator was one of two killed during growing unrest in Venezuela, as the country’s political and economic crisis deepens. The 14-year-old boy and another protester were shot dead …

126 refugees killed in Syria attack

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in a car bomb attack on buses carry­ing evacuees from besieged Syrian towns. The explosion shattered buses and set cars on …

Row continues over Livingstone

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Some Labour MPs and prominent members of the Jewish community have reacted angrily at the suspension for two years of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was accused of “bringing …

CEOs pocket 386 times average pay

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Equality Trust has estimated that chief executives of the UK’s top 100 companies now pocket an average of £5.3 million each year, or 386 times that of a worker …

School standards at risk as finance is squeezed

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Public Accounts Committee has warned that school standards in England are at risk as schools are required to make savings during the most significant financial pressure since the mid-1990s. …

Abuse rises after Brexit vote

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC-commissioned poll has found that over a third (34%) of black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following last June’s …

Male labourers at high risk of suicide

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that the risk of suicide among low skilled male labourers, particularly those working on construction, is much higher …

Government ‘must regulate’

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A survey for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that almost two-thirds (63%) of those who work in the gig economy think the government should regulate …

Disclosure reveals wealth of Trump’s sidekicks

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Financial analysts Bloomberg have estimated that Donald Trump’s cabinet and senior staff are worth some $12bn after documents released by the White House revealed their personal assets. The President’s daughter …