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£10m payout from construction firms to blacklisted workers

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Around ten million pounds will be paid to 250 construction workers who had been “blacklisted” by building firms. Construction giants like Sir Robert McAlpine and Balfour Beatty are among the companies who are liable and have agreed to compensate union members who they denied work to. The final payout from the out of court deal by the Unite union on behalf of nearly 800 workers could be as high as £75m once all claims have...

How To Lose The Mayoral Race And Alienate People

By Abeer Sharma Soon after midnight on Saturday morning, Labour’s Sadiq Khan vanquished his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith and became the next Mayor of London. Khan’s comprehensive victory was the denouement in what ultimately proved a procession of a mayoral race. This was in no major part down to Zac Goldsmith's dire campaign, a case study in how to destroy your hopes of the London mayoralty and alienate people. How on earth did it all go so badly? Well… His...

The costliest object on the planet will be in Britain

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It has been claimed by Greenpeace that the new Hinkley power station will be the most expensive object on Earth. The environmental group believes the total cost of the controversial project will cost up to a colossal £24bn, eighteen time more the world’s tallest building, which is in Dubai. But while Hinkley C may well be the most expensive object on Earth, it doesn't touch the International Space Station, which cost £77.6bn. Greenpeace claim that...

Hunt’s weekend death claim ripped apart by study

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A medical expert has said that Jeremy Hunt might be “trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist,” regarding increase weekend death claims. Prof Peter Rothwell laid into Hunt in the Mirror for not carrying out “due diligence” in a report which dismissed his claims that more NHS patients die at the weekend. Rothwell called for an urgent investigation by MPs into "flawed" data behind the top Tory's claims. Mr Hunt has often quoted studies...

Army’s new vehicles will be built in Spain using Swedish steel

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A new range of British army fighting vehicles will be constructed abroad, even though the PM hailed the £3.5bn deal as a huge boost to UK manufacturing. According to the Mirror, there will be a hundred of the Ajax fighting vehicles will be “fully manufactured and assembled” in Spain, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The hulls for almost 500 more will be made in Spain before the vehicles are transported to the UK for...

VIDEO – PM says “Brexit’ could start World War Three

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The PM has told “remain” campaigners that if “Brexit” happened, "can we be so sure peace and stability on our continent are assured?" Cameron wants Britain to stay part of the European Union to ensure that the continent doesn’t get dragged into a new conflict. He highlighted the UK’s involvement in ensuring peace in Europe as he went on the referendum campaign, only hours before a rival message from Boris Johnson. In the speech in...

Officers Attacked At Wormwood Scrubs Just Days After Walkout

Two prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs were attacked whilst on duty this morning. The assault follows a walk-out by 50 members of staff on Friday over health and safety concerns. Further walkouts have been discussed by the union, and new industrial action can be expected after today's news. Previously, the POA had said the jail was "flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons". The Prison Officers' Association (POA) say the prison officers were "seriously injured" and taken to hospital after...

Government climbdown over academies plan

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The government’s plans to force all of England’s schools to change into academies has been dropped, signaling a huge policy u-turn. George Osborne announced the initiative during his budget speech, but it was met with fierce resistance from teachers, parents and within his own party. The Chancellor described the move to academies as freeing schools from the "shackles of local bureaucracy". Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, still wants all schools to eventually move towards academy status,...

Is Katie Hopkins A Women Of Her Word?

With sizzling hot weather forecast in London this weekend there's likely to be a sausage shortage across London as the BBQs are dusted off ready for the summer. But one woman may be heading down to the butchers for an entirely different reason. If Labour candidate Sadiq Khan wins the mayoral election, which is looking increasingly likely, outspoken television personality Katie Hopkins has promised to run down Regent Street naked with a sausage up her bum. In her Daily Mail...

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