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Czech tycoon wins election

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic’s general election Babis is the country’s second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With …

Venezuela opposition wins EU prize

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners have collectively been awarded the European Union’s top human rights accolade, the Sakharov prize. EU parliamentary president Antonio Tajani said many people in Venezuela had …

News In Brief

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard will try for a second time to become a member of Labour’s national executive committee. The LGBT rights campaigner, who failed to win an NEC …

Tories fuel house-building slump

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

New figures show that since the Tories came to power in 2010 fewer homes per year have been built than under any political party in peacetime since the 1920s. By …

Venezuela opposition alleges fraud

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Elections for state governors in Venezuela saw President Nicolás Maduro’s supporters win 17 of 23 state governorships, but opposition leaders have alleged fraud. The opposition Democratic Union Roundtable coalition refused …

Hotel staff win new rights

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The UK’s leading supplier of outsourced hospitality and housekeeping services is to scrap zero-hours contracts. WGC has said it will be a major step forward for workers and is calling …

High cost of poor mental health care at work

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through lost production, recruitment and absence, according to the employment relations service Acas. New guidance, which aims to …

Millions in pension deficit

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A report by the Defined Benefits Taskforce has found three million members in the most vulnerable pension schemes have only a 50/50 chance of receiving full benefits when they retire …

Retirement ‘time bomb’

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A TUC analysis has identified five pension blackspots – UK industries where workers are not enrolled into a pension scheme – which amount to a “ticking time bomb” which could …

Labour wants move on energy cap

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has told the government to “get a move on” after it emerged that a price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister is unlikely to take effect …

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 …

Weah leads the poll

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are heading for a November 7 run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. According to the electoral commission, Weah, the first African to …

News In Brief

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned that the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, …

What is now the rallying cry for Brexit?

Published: October 10, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Tory divisions over Brexit are dominating all within the cabinet, not least the fate of the Prime Minister Theresa May. Now, talk about the possibility of there being no negotiated …