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VIDEO – PM calls Israeli settlement policy ‘genuinely shocking’

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor In the previous PMQs Cameron told the the house that Israeli settlement policy in East Jerusalem was "genuinely shocking." He said: “Yes, we are supporters of Israel, but we do not support illegal settlements, we do not support what is happening in East Jerusalem. “I am well known as being a strong friend of Israel but I have to say the first time I visited Jerusalem and had a proper tour around that wonderful city and...

LISTEN – Black MP Dawn Butler reveals colleague assumed she was a cleaner

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A Labour MP has discussed a comment from a colleague that would shock any right minded individual. Dawn, who is a black woman, said on BBC Five Live's Piennar's Politics that another MP assumed she was a cleaner. Butler didn't name the bigot but said it happened in the Members'-only lift in the Palace of Westminster. She said: "It was a Members’ lift that Members of Parliament use specially in cases (where) we have get...

Almost 9/10 calls to DWP’s “benefit cheat line” closed due to lack of evidence

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A Freedom of Information request has found that 85% of calls to the Government’s benefit cheat hotline were not pursued due to lack of evidence. Over a million calls have been dealt with since 2010, leading to accusations that the Tories have cynically attempted to turn the poor against themselves; with some claiming friends, family and neighbours are cheating the system. However, 887,468 of the 1,041,219 reports of fraud were closed and deemed to have...

Use of fossil fuels must fall twice as quickly to contain global warming

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A study has revealed that the available carbon budget is half as big as thought, if the 2C limit is going to be kept. It is troubling news for the 195 nations who agreed to the limits in Paris in December, they will now have to cut fossil fuel use at a rate nobody had predicted before and puts the agreement in France in doubt. Joeri Rogelj, research scholar at the International Institute for Applied...

Rough sleepers in England rises at ‘unprecedented’ rate

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Shockingly the amount of people sleeping rough on the streets of England rose at an “unprecedented” rate in 2015. According to a Government report on any evening in autumn 2015 there were 3,569 people without shelter. This is a 30% rise compared to the same count the year before, and also signals the largest annual rise since there reporting methodology began six years. Rough sleepers are defined as anyone found, either sleeping or about to...

Stark warning over England’s ‘teacher brain drain’

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor An Ofsted chief has warned that thousands of teachers are being enticed abroad with generous pay packages, while English schools are struggling to recruit staff. Elite public schools have been opening up branches abroad, leading to a boom in international schools, and soaring demand for teachers whose first language is English. A higher number of people left the UK to teach (18,000) than trained on English post-grad routes (17,000) in 2015. Chief Inspector Sir Michael...

VIDEO – Junior doctor labels Hunt a ‘liar’ over strike danger fears

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor During Question Time an unnamed doctor branded Jeremy Hunt a "lair" over his claims that the upcoming strike will cause serious harm to patients. The doctor personally said he would ensure people would be safe in his hospital during the industrial action. He also added that the claims by a Conservative peer, Lord Julian Fellowes that there are 11k more deaths over the weekend, is wrong. The angry junior doctor said: "The stats are wrong. 11,000...

Can a Free Trade Commonwealth replace the EU?

By Dean Hochlaf New Zealand MP, Winston Peters has thrown his voice into the great EU referendum debate, by suggesting Britain leaves the EU, and “heal a rift” with the nations of the Commonwealth that emerged when Britain joined the EEC. He has even gone as far as suggesting a Commonwealth free trade area, which has been enthusiastically picked up by the UKIP Commonwealth spokesman. The concept of a Commonwealth free trade area pops up every now and then as...

VIDEO – Mhairi Black demolishes the Tories…again

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor SNP MP Mhairi Black has attacked the government again, this time on pension reform, as ever she didn't hold back and showed she might be young in age, but is wise well beyond her years. She said: "I have yet to hear of a general or a defense minister say: “we can’t bomb that country because we’ve exceeded our budget, we can’t find the money”. "When we want to bomb Syria we can find it. When...

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