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“Parliament has taken back control” – reaction to Theresa May’s humiliating Brexit defeat on Amendment 7

After a tentative agreement was finally achieved in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, Theresa May was not expecting a major defeat on her Brexit plans in the House of Commons. Eleven Conservative rebels voted with the opposition for Amendment 7 - an amendment by former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve to ensure that parliament has a meaningful vote on the Brexit Deal negotiated by the Government. Tumultuous cheers broke out across the house of Commons as the shock result...

Prime Minister accused of “one law for her own constituency” as Parliament hears it’s the least hit by austerity

In a question about sprinklers being urgently needed in tower blocks after the Grenfell Tower disaster, Prime Minister’s Questions today heard how the Prime Minister’s constituency has been protected from the austerity cuts that have ravaged other local authorities around the country. “Not one penny to fit sprinklers to Birmingham’s 230 tower blocks from Government,” said Jack Dromey, MP for the Birmingham constituency of Erdington. "Now the city suffering the biggest cuts in local government history is to suffer a further...

Electoral data highlights stark racial divide in Alabama

White Alabamans voted enthusiastically for Donald Trump's Republican candidate in yesterday's election. Doug Jones became the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49. Mr Moore has been criticised for being a white supremacist in the past and has alleged sexual assaults against his name....

“British” turkeys could have mysteriously changed their nationality because of EU loophole

Millions of Brits are being tricked into buying FRENCH turkeys for Christmas dinner because of an EU loophole, experts warned today (Weds). Campaigners say some supermarkets will be selling birds from the continent due to an outbreak of avian flu which hit UK turkey production. They are warning that by the time the turkeys hit the shelves the birds could have changed nationality thanks to the EU’s “flag of convenience” labelling rules. Agriculture activist Richard Haddock says turkeys can be...

Dozens of Crossrail workers sacked before Christmas over “bonus disputes”

Dozens of workers on London’s multi-billion pound Crossrail project claim they have been ‘sacked’ just days before Christmas - after a dispute with bosses over a £5,000 bonus. A total of 54 electricians were axed from their jobs yesterday by Balfour Beatty, the infrastructure company awarded a £70 million contract for Woolwich Crossrail station in south east London. They claim they were ‘sacked’ by the company after voicing concerns over a finishing bonus of up to £5,000. The electricians say...

UK cities fall like dominoes for Uber as York joins London and Sheffield in refusing to grant licence

York has become the latest UK city to deny Uber a license to operate in the city. The historic town joins Yorkshire counterpart Sheffield in banning the taxi hailing app, with London famously leading the charge earlier this year. A committee at the City of York Council cited the number of complaints it had received about the service and a recent well-publicised data protection breach as reasons for the decision. Saf Din, chairman of the York Hackney Carriage Drivers Association,...

The Express backtracks on Brexit

Pro-Leave daily The Express has dramatically backtracked on Brexit - admitting that the UK will be worse-off under "most plausible scenarios". The paper, which actively encouraged Brits to vote Leave before the referendum, has today published a damning report seemingly reversing its stance on the breakup. A report from the Rand Corporation found a no-Brexit deal would cost the UK nearly five per cent of its overall GDP – around £104 billion – over the course of ten years after...

Struggling honey bee could be saved by boosting its gut bacteria

The struggling honey bee could be saved by boosting its gut bacteria, according to new research. Just like humans, the vital pollinator has bugs in its intestinal tract that improves digestion and fuels health. But the system is much simpler, relying on only a few different species - compared to up to a thousand in ours. This has enabled scientists to identify those that allow them to digest a pollen rich diet - a breakthrough that could lead to bacterial...

Amazon drivers forced to deliver 200 parcels a day and urinate in bottles as Jeff Benzos net worth hits $100 billion

Amazon drivers are being forced to deliver up to 200 parcels a day and urinate in plastic bottles so as not to leave their vans, a shocking new investigation has revealed. With deliveries ramping up ahead of Christmas a saddening report finds many drivers routinely exceed the legal maximum shift of 11 hours and finish their days dead on their feet. They also have so little time for food or toilet stops they snatch hurried meals on the run and urinate into...

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