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Tories vote to cover up secret source of massive Brexit campaign donation funnelled to DUP

A Tory three-line whip instructed Conservative MPs to ensure we will not be finding out who funnelled £435,000 to the leave campaign in the last few weeks of the Brexit campaign. Whoever it was chose to do it through the DUP party in Northern Ireland to keep their identity secret as party donors at the time were anonymous in Northern Ireland. The Electoral Commission demanded the government allowed the same transparency over donations to Northern Irish parties during the EU...

Union triumphs in battle with bosses at Hinkley C over withheld payments after strike action

Yesterday over 500 Hinkley C nuclear factory workers refused to work after they were told that they would not be paid wages or substance during the “Beast from the East,” even though they workers were available for work. One member of staff the London Economic spoke to said he was down over one thousand pounds due to the refusal to work This led to over 500 workers staging a sit-in in the canteen until they get paid. It seems that...

FTA only possible route for UK – here’s a timely reminder of how that will impact the regions

Donald Tusk has today confirmed that a free trade agreement (FTA) on goods with no tariffs is the only possible route for the UK's exit from the European Union. The President of the European Council said the EU does not want to build a wall with Britain, but Brexit means "we will be drifting apart". He said the EU wanted an "ambitious and advanced" free trade agreement, but the UK's red lines limit what it can get from the final Brexit deal. Tusk...

Campaign to restore full tube service at Kensington Olympia reaches 10k signatures

A campaign to restore a full tube service at Kensington Olympia station has reached 10,000 signatures. The campaign, called ‘Connect Kensington Olympia’, calls on Transport for London to reinstate a full London Underground timetable following reductions in service numbers in 2011. The campaign claims that an increase in tube services will improve air quality and ease congestion in the area and has been backed by the local MP and councillors, businesses, residents, event organisers and visitors to the area.  The petition is...

Reality TV show The Apprentice ‘put Trump in The White House’

Hosting hit TV show The Apprentice put Donald Trump in The White House, suggests new research. The long-running show led to viewers seeing the real estate tycoon as a 'friend' - helping him become more believable, according to the study. The phenomenon is known as 'parasocial relationships' where strong emotional bonds are formed with people you've never met. Scientists say they often involve a celebrity and grow as more information about them is sought on Instagram or Twitter - even...

Trump’s steel tariffs show dangers UK faces post-Brexit

Protectionist trade tariffs signed by Donald Trump show the dangers faced by the UK post Brexit, union GMB has warned. This week the US President officially sanctioned a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports, 10 per cent on aluminium, and is now threatening a tax on cars entering the US, together with a threat to ignore the protections on foodstuffs of specific geographical origin - posing a threat to Scotland’s whisky industry and Cornish pasty production. GMB says the...

NHS Cornwall’s plans to ‘privatise’ are shelved after public outcry

Public pressure appears to have played a part in NHS Cornwall’s decision not to privatise a part of it’s service, reports Cornwall Live The county was planning to launch the “Accountable Care System” for health services. It was claimed that this would push the NHS towards privatisation. Protests took place outside the County Hall during inquiry sessions over the plans, and eventually it has been shelved. Critics had said that the ACS would create an "Americanised" health system. The Council...

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