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A cheap stunt by the government over Universal Credit will lead to thousands of children a year being worse off

Written by : STEVE TOPPLE The government has made a significant change to the controversial roll out of Universal Credit. It’s launched a consultation on proposed changes to a policy affecting over one million children. It says more children will be helped by the plans. But dig a little deeper into …

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The Tories have made the crisis in our schools so bad that volunteers are now having to renovate them [TWEETS]

Written by : STEVE TOPPLE Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner says the education system is in “chaos” and “crisis”. And the situation is now so bad that volunteers are having to carry out renovation work on schools. But the government has announced this like it’s a good thing. When it all falls down In August, the …

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The latest Brexit u-turn provokes war inside the government. Again. [TWEETS]

Written by : TIMOTHY J. WOODS The Conservative government’s latest announcement to put the final Brexit bill before parliament has provoked a backlash from Conservative MPs. Brexit Secretary David Davis appears to have made the concession to ward off a brewing Tory revolt. But it hasn’t been enough. U-turning heads Any agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from …

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May and Johnson reveal embarrassing split over alleged Russia meddling [TWEETS]

Written by : TOM COBURG n her Lord Mayor’s banquet speech, Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in “our democracies”. But just over a week earlier, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson essentially said the opposite. So who’s telling the truth? The Prime Minister, or the man who was photographed having lunch with a …

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12 words from a Labour MP just blew the Paradise Papers wide open

Written by : JAMES WRIGHT In the House of Commons, 12 words from Labour MP Margaret Hodge just blew the Paradise Papers scandal wide open. The papers The Paradise Papers detail the offshore tax affairs of more than 120 politicians and leaders and over 100 corporations. The investigation came about after a leak of millions of documents from …

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Theresa May made a major mistake in her Lord Mayor’s speech. We’ve fixed it for her. [VIDEO]

Written by : TRACY KEELING Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at the Lord Major’s Banquet on 13 November. But she made a major mistake in it (something that’s not uncommon in her cabinet these days). So we’ve fixed it for her. Myanmar During the event in the City of London, May …

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A prominent economist just explained how a Labour government will boost Britain’s economy

Written by : TIMOTHY J. WOODS Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis just explained why a Labour government could boost the British economy. Speaking to Business Insider, Varoufakis highlighted Labour’s focus on businesses that produce “real stuff” rather than so-called big business. Unbalanced economy The Global Entrepreneurship Index named Britain as the most entrepreneurial country in …

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Disabilities minister quietly ‘blocks PIP benefit payments to 160,000 people’

Written by : Lucy Pasha-Robinson Conservative ministers have introduced emergency legislation which denies 160,000 people from receiving benefits that are “rightfully theirs”, it has been claimed. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was advised to expand the reach of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by two tribunals to cover a …

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Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

Written by : Juliette Garside The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home. Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the …

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415 peers get more in expenses than the average Brit takes home in a year

Written by : Andrew Gregory Hundreds of peers claimed more in expenses at the House of Lords last year than the average worker’s take-home pay. Despite the House sitting just 141 days over the year, 455 members each claimed over £22,226 tax-free for turning up and, in some cases, doing little …