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Northern Ireland in crisis: What’s really at risk in a DUP/Tory deal

With wall-to-wall media coverage of leaving the EU and then a general election, if you live in England, Wales or Scotland you’d be forgiven for having no idea what’s been going on in Northern Ireland. In the days since the … Continue reading

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2 million more registered to vote since election announcement

From BBC News: More than two million people have applied to register to vote in the month since Theresa May announced plans for a snap general election on 8 June. The highest number of applications so far was on 18 … Continue reading

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17 Edinburgh schools built under private finance close over structural safety

From BBC News: City of Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns has said his authority had ‘no option’ but to close schools over safety concerns. Seventeen schools in the city are to be closed indefinitely from Monday. The schools were all … Continue reading

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Tampon Tax: List of MPs who voted against scrapping VAT on tampons

305 MPs voted against scrapping VAT on tampons, here’s a list of them: Mp Name Constituency Vote Nigel Adams Selby and Ainsty Con Adam Afriyie Windsor Con Peter Aldous Waveney Con Lucy Allan Telford Con Heidi Allen South Cambridgeshire Con … Continue reading

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GPs being paid to cut patient referrals

From BBC News: Some doctors in England are being offered thousands of pounds to cut the number of patients being sent to hospital, an investigation has found. GP practices are being paid to help local NHS groups limit the number … Continue reading

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Housing association federation and government propose right-to-buy deal

From The Guardian Government ministers and housing association leaders have negotiated a deal that, if accepted, would effectively push through controversial plans to extend the right-to-buy policy without parliamentary scrutiny. Under the proposed deal, ministers would abandon plans to legislate … Continue reading

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Judge rejects case against man taking waste food from Tesco

From Sunderland Echo: Paul Barker was seen sifting through out-of-date groceries at the back of Tesco in Hetton when the couple were caught on CCTV at midnight on January 5, Sunderland magistrates heard. But after a judge said he could … Continue reading

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Government plans “significant changes” to strike laws

From BBC News: Newly appointed Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be “significant changes” to strike laws under the new Conservative government. A strike affecting essential public services will need the backing of 40% of eligible union members … Continue reading

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England’s biggest hospitals veto NHS budget over patient safety fears

From The Guardian: Hospitals that provide 75% of all NHS services refuse to sign deal, saying £1.7bn cuts involved will put patient care at risk. England’s biggest hospitals are refusing to sign off their annual budget deal with the NHS, … Continue reading

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Environment Agency pension fund invests in industries the agency regulates

From The Independent: The Environment Agency (EA) has been accused of having a “clear conflict of interest” after an Independent on Sunday investigation found the UK regulator’s pension fund invests millions in controversial industries which it then regulates. In the … Continue reading

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