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General election 2017: Workers’ rights protections promised by Tories

General election 2017: Workers’ rights protections promised by Tories

Image copyright AFP/Getty Theresa May is promising what she says would be the biggest expansion of workers’ rights by any Conservative government, if the party retains power. Its manifesto will promise to keep all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by EU law, put worker representation on company boards and protect pensions from “irresponsible” bosses. Economic growth […]

General election 2017: Labour pledges £37bn for the NHS by 2022

General election 2017: Labour pledges £37bn for the NHS by 2022

Image copyright PA Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. The investment, including £10bn on upgrading IT systems and repairing buildings, would be funded by tax increases and capital borrowing. Jeremy Corbyn blamed the NHS cyber attack on “Tory cuts”, […]

General election 2017: Theresa May rules out votes at 16

General election 2017: Theresa May rules out votes at 16

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sixteen- and 17-year-olds took part in the Scottish referendum Theresa May has ruled out lowering the voting age at UK elections if the Conservatives win power on 8 June. Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and the Greens all back votes at 16 – only UKIP and the Tories are […]

Warwick councillor suspended over ‘racist’ Eurovision tweet

Warwick councillor suspended over ‘racist’ Eurovision tweet

Image copyright Google Image caption Nick Harrington has been suspended from the Conservatives on Warwick District Council A councillor has been suspended over a racist tweet sent from his account during the Eurovision Song Contest. The tweet, which appeared on the feed of Nick Harrington, who sits on Warwick District Council, contained offensive and racist […]

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Media captionPeople in Scotland shouldn’t have to “like it or lump it” with any Brexit deal, says Nicola Sturgeon The curriculum followed by Scotland’s schools needs to focus more on literacy and numeracy, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Scottish first minister admitted “we need to do better” after figures […]

General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

Image copyright PA The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election. They say they would make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Their plans involve offering “fixed term” council houses to be sold off after […]

NHS ‘dangerously short of nurses’

NHS ‘dangerously short of nurses’

Image copyright Science Photo Library The NHS in England is drastically short of the nurses it needs, with 40,000 posts unfilled, figures suggest. The total is double what it was in 2013 – and means one in nine positions is now vacant, according to the analysis by the Royal College of Nursing. The union said […]

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

Image copyright EPA Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems, security experts have warned. A UK security researcher known as MalwareTech, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, warned of “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”. The virus, which took control of users’ files, […]

General election 2017: ‘Robin Hood tax’ on City pledged by Labour

General election 2017: ‘Robin Hood tax’ on City pledged by Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been a long-running campaign to introduce a so-called Robin Hood tax around the world Labour says it would raise billions of pounds for public services with a new tax on financial transactions – known as a “Robin Hood” tax. The party said extending the way shares were […]

Gordon Brown accuses Tories of ‘waging war against poor’

Gordon Brown accuses Tories of ‘waging war against poor’

Image copyright PA Theresa May is “waging a war against the poor” and risks leaving the country more divided than at any time in 50 years, former PM Gordon Brown has said. Addressing Labour activists in Fife, he said poverty levels were set to eclipse those last seen in the early 1990s. He acknowledged the […]