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Broadcast of Enoch Powell’s rivers of blood speech defended by BBC - The Times

Enoch Powell was sacked as shadow defence secretary after his speech

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The BBC has been criticised for planning to air a reading of Enoch Powell’s infamous “rivers of blood” speech to mark its 50th anniversary.

The Radio 4 broadcast on Saturday is the first time that the controversial speech will have been heard in full on British…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on April 13, 2018 at 11:54 — No Comments

White supremacists Generation Identity plan to hold a secret conference in London. Anti-fascists aim to stop them - The Independent

Hundreds of people set to rally against a group now deemed the most active far-right organisation in the UK

Hundreds of people are set to rally against a “new breed” of white supremacism in London this weekend as racist group Generation Identity (GI) prepares to hold its first official conference on British soil.

The “Identitarian” movement, which propagates the far-right conspiracy theory that white people are becoming a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on April 13, 2018 at 11:26 — No Comments

5 things you can do now to protect your Facebook data - Vox

You do have a little control over what you share with apps and advertisers.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has put data privacy on Facebook under the spotlight. The…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on April 13, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Trans visibility is greater than ever – but that's a double-edged sword - The Guardian

Along with increased profile comes media hostility and divisive theoretical debates. Even so, there’s much to celebrate

Laverne Cox

“To you the press, I say shame, shame on all of you.” The words of Michael Singleton, coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 30, 2018 at 10:26 — No Comments

Academy trusts use public money to pay 'unjustifiably' high salaries to bosses, MPs warn - The Independent

'Too often academy chains are falling short of high standards of governance, accountability and financial management and the Department for Education is too slow to react'

Academy trusts that pay their bosses “unjustifiably” high salaries could spend taxpayers’ money better on improving children’s education, MPs have said. 

Too often academy…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 30, 2018 at 10:11 — No Comments

Theresa May fails to guarantee women's refuges will not close amid funding overhaul - The Independent

Campaigners say four in 10 refuges could close if supported accommodation changes go ahead

Theresa May has failed to rule out the closure of some women’s refuges amid warnings from campaigners that a major funding shakeup could threaten the future of shelters for women fleeing violent partners.

In an interview on International Women’s Day, the Prime Minister was repeatedly pressed to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 9, 2018 at 11:43 — No Comments

House of Commons denies staff work in ‘culture of fear’ - The Guardian

Allegations of bullying against several senior MPs unearthed by BBC Newsnight investigation

John Bercow, the House of Commons Speaker

The House of Commons has been forced to deny claims of bullying by several senior MPs including the Speaker John Bercow, amid claims staff work in “a culture of fear”.

Female clerks who work with MPs claimed to experience harassment…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 9, 2018 at 11:39 — No Comments

NHS staff offered 6.5% pay rise over three years if they forfeit day's holiday - The Guardian

Exclusive: £3.3bn deal nears for staff in England, eight years after last meaningful pay rise

A busy hospital ward

The government is set to offer around 1 million NHS staff a 6.5% pay rise over the next three years but is insisting that health workers give up a day’s holiday in return for the £3.3bn deal.

Ministers hope they are close to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 9, 2018 at 11:37 — No Comments

Oxfam Haiti allegations: How the scandal unfolded - BBC

An Oxfam sign above one of its shops

Oxfam, one of the UK's biggest charities, has dominated the headlines in recent weeks following allegations its staff hired prostitutes while working overseas.

Since then, the story has continued to develop, with the Charity Commission launching a statutory inquiry - the most serious action it can take.

Oxfam - which has nearly 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries - denies any cover-up.

Here is a summary of the…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 1, 2018 at 11:32 — 1 Comment

Brendan Cox resigns from charities amid sexual assault claims - The Guardian

Brendan Cox

The husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox has resigned from the two charities he set up in her memory after being publicly accused of sexual assault.

Brendan Cox has stepped down from his posts at More in Common and the Jo Cox Foundation after allegations, printed in the Mail on Sunday, that…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on March 1, 2018 at 11:19 — No Comments

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise - The Guardian

Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson

The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.

Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, wants to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

Council tax rises on the way as local authorities try to stay afloat - The Guardian

95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services

A council tax bill

Local authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Surrey, UK’s richest county, hit by £100m cash crisis - The Times

Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget

Surrey’s usable reserves have been vastly depleted since 2013

Britain’s richest county is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation has found.

Surrey county council has one of the worst financial shortfalls in the country, according to research seen by The Times. The disclosure came as nearly every part of England warned of tax rises to make ends meet and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments

Number of council homes sold off under Right to Buy increases five-fold in six years after Tories lift cap - The Independent

Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted

The rapid loss of social housing because of the Right to Buyscheme has been laid bare after new figures revealed more than five times more homes are being sold now…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments

Finsbury Park attack: man 'brainwashed by anti-Muslim propaganda' convicted - The Guardian

Darren Osborne is found guilty of terrorist killing outside mosque, triggering review of extreme right threat

A man “brainwashed” within a month by anti-Muslim propaganda has been found guilty of a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque, triggering a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right.

A jury took less than an hour to be convinced that Darren Osborne, 48, drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Christmas ambulance delays led to 40 patients dying or being seriously harmed, says whistleblower - The independent

Serious cases could affect as many as 80 patients according to ambulance trust source, after MPs warn delays caused 20 deaths

Forty people are thought to have died or been seriously injured as a result of lengthy delays at one ambulance trust which meant patients were left waiting hours for emergency responders, a whistleblower has said.

On Wednesday, Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis told the House of Commons that a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country - The Guardian

The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment

Carillion cranes in Manchester

Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments

Esther McVey becomes DWP minister: Four alarming statements she's made about people on benefits - The Independent

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.

Esther McVey's appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary has been met with a backlash from MPs and campaigners over previous comments she has made in the past about benefit claimants.

The former TV…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments

A million callers to universal credit helpline get no answer - The Times

Universal credit was also at the centre of controversy when users were charged 55p a minute to use the helpline

More than a million calls to a helpline for the government’s universal credit benefit scheme were abandoned without being answered, new figures have shown.

A Labour MP suggested that many claimants were giving up and going without the means-tested welfare payments because staff were unable to cope with the volume of calls.

Almost one in eight calls to the helpline ended without the caller receiving an answer. Some claimants may have called several…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:07 — No Comments

Theresa May faces investigation after 'misleading Parliament about scale of homelessness' - Independent

Prime Minister accused of 'using spin rather than understanding and solving the problem'

Britain's statistics watchdog is considering an investigation into comments made by Theresa May following complaints that they misrepresented the extent of homelessness.

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) confirmed concerns had been raised after the Prime…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on December 15, 2017 at 11:50 — No Comments

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