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Nicola Sturgeon rated in 50th most powerful women in world

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor SNP supporters will be overjoyed to find that the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has been placed in the top 50 most powerful women in the world. Scotland appears to be flexing its muscles on the world stage and it’s being led by Sturgeon, who is beginning to gather powerful allies across he globe. The only woman from the UK who came in above her was the Queen. Sturgeon was rated 50th in the latest...

Researchers say Trident is being secretly upgraded

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A report has claimed that secret work is underway to upgrade the current Trident weapons to be more accurate and devastating that ever, while an entirely new system is being developed. According to the Nuclear Information Service upgrading work in happening at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory. The report has revealed that at two sites, Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, they believe work has already begun to produce a “Mark 4A” warhead, which is much more...

Tories ditch law allowing police to spy on unions

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor John Hayes, a Tory and “proud union member,” is a rare beast in the corridors of Westminster. Unlike many in his party he believes in the need for strong unions and he accepted Labour alterations to the Investigatory Powers Bill. This means that the Government have now canned a law which would have allowed intelligence agencies and the police to spy and monitor union activity. The changes were agreed after Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary,...

Boris Johnson and Sadiq Kahn To Lock Horns At Wembley

The former and current Mayors of London are set to lock horns at Wembley in front of 6,000 people in a live debate on Europe. Labour Mayor Sadiq Kahn will face the former Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson just hours before the country goes to the polls. According to The Standard, the debate will see each side of the argument advocated by three speakers at the event on June 21, to be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm. It will be...

UK Christian schools teaching children gay people are ‘unnatural’ and girls must obey men

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It has been claimed that fundamentalist Christian schools in the UK are teaching children that being homosexual is unnatural and girls have to obey men. Ex-pupils have turned whistleblowers and have come forward to say that various private schools across the UK are teaching these old fashioned prejudices during lessons, reports the Independent. The people who have come forward have said that the textbooks they use told them that creationism is actually a fact, women...

Labour considering universal basic income, says John McDonnell

By Joe Mellor,  John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, has said that the Labour party has been considering a radical approach to ensure everyone in the country receives an income. Universal basic income would see everyone receiving a flat fee rather than the current means-tested benefit system. McDonnell said: ““It is an idea Labour will be closely looking at over the next few years.” This plan “could prepare our country for any revolution in jobs and technology to come.” A report...

Video – John Major calls Brexit “squalid” and “deceitful

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Ex-PM John Major, wasn't known for his strong personality when leading the country, but he was very animated when he discussed the Brexit Campaign on Andrew Marr's BBC show. Major, who was born in Brixton and whose father was in the circus, called Boris Johnson a "court jester." He also told Marr "All my life people have regarded me as being guilty of understatement. I am angry at how the British people are being misled."...

Top 5 London “Survival” Boroughs For Start-Ups

Richmond upon Thames and Bexley have both been ranked in the top five "survival" boroughs for start-up businesses, according to new data. The riverside boroughs join the City, Sutton and Hackney on the top five list, with a 71.9 per cent survival rate. The City of London came top with only ten per cent of start-ups failing and a huge 76.4 per cent surviving. But Jeremy Corbyn's borough of Islington didn't fare as well. It topped a list of the...

UK Entrepreneurs ‘Forged in the Fires of Adversity’

Almost a third of businesses founded in the UK in the last five years were in response to redundancy or long-term unemployment, according to new research. The financial crisis has shown that Brits are rather resilient folk, with many people bouncing back by staring adversity in the face and starting up on their own. With massive rises in childcare costs since 2010, starting a business is becoming a popular way out of in-work poverty for squeezed parents. And ‘grey entrepreneurs’ are also...

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