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‘Disgusting’ posh dinner for Tfl bosses to celebrate 800 job losses

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has branded a black tie dinner to celebrate the closure of Underground ticket offices and the loss of 800 jobs, as “disgusting and obscene.” The RMT alleged that nearly 50 Tfl chiefs went to the plush event at a swanky Mayfair club to celebrate shutting Tube ticket offices. The choice of venue in one the most exclusive postcodes in the UK, if not the world, may seem too...

Video – What would happen if humans disappeared?

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Would the earth survive without us? If every human suddenly vanished, left the planet or were wiped out (cheery thought) what would happen to the planet? A video has been produced that illustrates what they think would happen, and the earth does pretty well without us to be fair. It is a pretty harsh start with domesticated animals passing away but things do improve. Our towns and cities will become covered in foliage and vegetation....

Video – BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg booed by Corbyn supporters

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg was booed and hissed at during a Q & A with the Labour leader. Corbyn raised his hands to calm the activists, but did not attack them for their hostile reaction. Many Corbyn supporters see Kuenssberg as "biased" and this comes just a day after a Vide documentary on Corbyn said the BBC was "obsessed" with attempting to discredit him and ruin his leadership. It seems clear from this...

Corbyn pledges to scrap TTIP

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to bin the EU’s highly controversial free trade deal (TTIP) with America. During an anti-Brexit rally he promised to get rid of the trade deal if he is voted in as PM before it is implemented. He hates the deal so much he said he is happy to work with rebel Conservatives and SNP in parliament to halt the deal. TTIP has worried people on both sides of the electoral divide...

First time developing countries spend more than rich countries on renewables

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Investment in green energy was higher for poorer countries rather than wealthy nations for the first ever time. India, China and interestingly Mauritania are leading the record levels of investment. Developed nations are being left behind in the green race to sustainable energy. A reliance on fossil fuels could leave them lagging in terms of access to energy in years to come. Overall £196.5bn was invested in renewables globally, according to the Renewables 2016 report...

Global number of slaves reaches 46 million

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Shocking news has emerged that almost 46 million people are estimated to be living as slaves. The research was carried out by the Walk Free Foundation and is supported by A-list star Russell Crowe. The foundation is paid for by wealthy business man Andrew Forrest, who developed the 2015 global slavery index. They believe that 45.8 million people are in some form of slavery across the planet. India has the highest total number of slaves while...

Baby Boomers Will Be The Final Generation To Enjoy Financial Security

People born in the decade following the World War will be the final generation to enjoy financial security unless action is taken, according to Synaptic research. Thanks to financial ignorance, today’s UK consumers face a future where financial security and well-being are under real threat. Relative salaries have increased since the 1940’s yet every generation after has spent more and saved less, reducing their financial security. Those currently aged 35 and under will be most impacted by today’s expensive housing, lack of...

Brexit – How Cameron needs to negotiate whether we leave or stay

By Simon Horton Whatever happens in the poll on June 23rd, David Cameron will be doing plenty of negotiations from June 24th onwards, both with the European Union and within his own party. So what strategies should he be taking? The odds-on favourite with the bookmakers is that we will stay within the union and if this happens there will be no need for too much negotiation with Europe, most of that already took place earlier this year. The mother...

NHS WON’T fund drug that helps prevent HIV

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor For the second time NHS England has refused to fund a preventative treatment for HIV. Earlier this year they said they would not fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug described as a "game changer" by HIV charities.
 The decision has caused wide spread anger by AIDS charities and those at high risk of catching the infection and the wider general public. PrEP helps prevent infection in people without HIV who are at substantial risk of...

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