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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 …

China: Dying campaigner freed

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been freed from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. The human rights campaigner was jailed in 2009 on …

Lame duck guts her own programme

Published: June 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Lame duck premier Theresa May’s legislative programme is notable only for what she left out after a dismal general election campaign left her with a minority government. Out went disastrous …

Tories plan rights clampdown

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A tough and controversial new law to curb extremism following the two terrorist outrages during the election campaign is certain to be included in the delayed Queen’s Speech by the …

Women win Glasgow pay fight

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay victory which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. Women in Glasgow had been excluded from sizeable bonuses for many …

OU facing job cuts

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Open University has launched “a radical overhaul” which looks certain to result in staff job losses as it aims to save £100m from an annual budget of £420m, according …

Food banks still growing

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research that highlights the rapid growth of charity food provision in austerity Britain showed that there are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency …

Poor fear tuition fees

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research has confirmed that students from poorer families are more likely to be deterred from university by tuition fee debt. A study by the UCL Institute of Education compared …

Union membership falls again

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The overall membership of trade unions fell last year, and, allied with a growth in employment, union density also dropped again. The key findings in the annual survey published by …

Norway to ban veil in some sectors

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Norway is to ban the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing, the first Scandinavian country to do so, in nurseries, schools and universities. Most parties support the government …

Puerto Rico votes for statehood

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The US territory of Puerto Rico has voted once again to ask Congress to make it America’s 51st state More than 97% of voters favoured the move over becoming inde­pendent …

May isolated as aides fall on swords

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s closest advisers fell on their swords after a disastrous election campaign which lost the Tories their Commons majority. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, joint chiefs of staff in Downing …

May faces Tory backlash

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has faced a backlash from Tory MPs over her election gamble that backfired. They remain furious with the Prime Minister for losing her Commons majority, blaming both her …

May clings on

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A shaken and desperate Theresa May remains determined to cling onto power despite losing her Commons majority. The prime minister headed to Buckingham Palace to seek the Queen’s permission to …