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Number of racial attacks rise dramatically on railway system since Brexit

There was a worrying spike in racially motivated attacks after the UK decided to leave the EU Referendum, across the UK. It has been reported that there were over six thousand reported race crimes in the UK in the four weeks after the UK opted for Brexit, which was showed an increase of a third on the same period on 2015. Now new shocking figures released have shown an increase of race hate attacks on Britain’s railways. The data was...

Watch – Sadiq Khan booed at Corbyn rally

After London Mayor Sadiq Khan decided to back Owen Smith for leader rather than Jeremy Corbyn in yesterday's Observer, he was always going to face some amount of criticism. It didn't take long for Corbyn supporters to vent their anger, they roundly booed Khan at a Corbyn rally last night. The divisions in the party continue to grow and as Corbyn loses even more support from senior figures in his party, the grassroots support appears to grow and appear certain that...

The Burkini Debate: To Betray Laws Of Their Country Or The Customs Of Their Faith

The Burkini debate in France has left most of us in disgust at the French government's decision to ban the full-body swimsuit, but one cartoonist has summed it up better than most. French illustrator Pierre Marchetti, who goes by the nom de plume "Nawak", drew a cartoon that addresses the choice faced by Muslim women - whether to betray the laws of their country or the customs of their faith. French prime minister Manuel Valls said the swimsuit is based on the "enslavement...

Student Debt Could Top £100k With Interest Added

Students could end up paying over £100,000 for their degree by the time they clear their debt. New analysis has revealed that interest rates of up to 4.6 per cent on student loans could more than double the estimated £44,035 of debt that students are saddled with. Despite being pinned to the retail prices index (RPI), that percentage is still significantly higher than most other types of finance such as mortgages. Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, told the Sunday Times: "There is...

£9.3bn! Private landlords have doubled housing benefit income in a decade

A shocking new report has found that private landlords hauled in £9.3bn in 2015. It is huge figure and double what the level was a decade ago. The study was undertaken by the National Housing Federation (NHF) and they said the figure was due to a huge increase in private tenants who are receiving housing benefit. A decade ago the there was £4.6bn handed out to private landlords by the state. These figures will anger many, who will see taxpayers’...

Sadiq Khan turns on Corbyn & backs Owen Smith

The newly installed mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader last year, has backed Owen Smith to be the next Labour leader. Many Corbyn supporters will see this as stabbing him in the back. However, Khan claims he didn’t actually vote for Jeremy for leader. Khan said he had only backed Corbyn so members had a chance to have a choice of a left-wing candidate. As we have seen the support for Corbyn has swelled the...

The Night Tube: What You Need to Know

After months of delays, strikes and negotiations, the London night tube is finally set to run from midnight tonight. Trains will initially run on the Victoria and Central lines on Fridays and Saturdays, before moving to a 24/7 model across Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. According to the BBC, there are also plans to expand the service to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines after modernisation and on parts of the London Overground...

Uber Set to Introduce First Self-Driving Cars

Uber will have no concerns about industrial action in Pittsburgh in the next few weeks, as the ride-hailing taxi service is set to introduce self-driving cars. Autonomous Ford Fusion vehicles will start their first commercial journeys very soon, although human backup drivers will still be in the cars just like normal Uber vehicles. Uber has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh and is working on autonomous technology. Last week, Uber and Volvo announced a $300 million deal for Volvo to...

Floods destroy home of preacher who believes God sends natural disasters to punish homosexuals

A Christian preacher, who told his followers that God sends natural disasters to punish homosexuals, home has flooded. Tony Perkins, a Christian lobbyist and leader of the Family Research Council - a religious group that has sparked major controversy in America. His home in Louisiana has now been flooded in a what Perkins described as “near biblical proportions.” This story echoes the thoughts of a UKIP councillor who said gay people where to blame for extreme weather. Perkins has also...

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