UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million in the three months to November, official figures show. The number of those in work increased sharply and wages rose at their fastest rate in almost a year, the Office for National Statistics said. But the growth in wages at 2.4% remained below inflation at 3.1% in […]

Former Labour minister opens up about being diagnosed with brain cancer

Former Minister for Public Health and Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell, has spoken about having a “clear sense of purpose” despite being diagnosed with brain cancer last year. In May 2017, Baroness Jowell was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumour known as glioblastoma. In her first interview on the subject, she spoke to the Today programme […]

Carillion: Kier Group boss urges new bid process

Image copyright HS2 The government will have to issue new tenders for Carillion’s halted building projects if it wants to get value for money, the boss of one of the UK’s biggest construction firms says. Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group, said other firms would be “daft” to pick up Carillion’s projects under their […]

Budget cuts ‘could damage Scotland’s climate change ambitions’

Image copyright PA Image caption The environment committee welcomed overall budget increases but said some sectors were losing out Holyrood’s environment committee has warned budget cuts in some policy areas could damage the Scottish government’s climate change ambitions. Despite an overall increase in spending, the committee said funding for key areas like mitigating agricultural emissions […]

Labour NEC intervenes in Haringey development row

Image copyright PA Image caption Haringey Council in London has been the scene of Labour infighting Labour’s National Executive Committee has called on the party’s councillors in a north London borough to halt a controversial housing project. It has advised Labour-run Haringey to pause the project – which has split the local party – if […]

Boris Johnson to push for more cash for NHS

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is expected to push for an extra £100m a week for the NHS in England at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the BBC understands. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will give ministers a routine update on how the NHS is coping with winter pressures. The foreign secretary is expected to use […]

Lord Lawson: Civil servants want to ‘frustrate Brexit’

Image caption Lord Lawson of Blaby served as chancellor between 1983-89 Civil servants will “do their best to frustrate” Brexit, Lord Lawson has said in an interview with BBC Newsnight. The former chancellor said Whitehall felt uneasy about Brexit because it represented radical change. His remarks highlight unease in the cabinet at the civil service’s […]

Labour faces possible equality probe over BAME discount

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn visited the East Midlands during last year’s election Equality watchdogs are looking at whether Labour broke the law by offering discounted rally tickets to black and minority ethnic members. Members of the party’s BAME wing were offered tickets to the event in the East Midlands next month […]

Army chief calls for investment to keep up with Russia

Media captionGeneral Sir Nick Carter: Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than expected Britain’s ability to respond to military threats from Russia will be “eroded” without further investment, the head of the Army has said. Russian hostility could come sooner than expected and Britain must prepare to “fight the war we might have to fight”, General […]

Defiant UKIP leader Henry Bolton aims to ‘drain the swamp’

Media captionHenry Bolton says he will not be quitting as UKIP leader, adding: “It is time to drain the swamp”. Henry Bolton has insisted he will not quit as UKIP leader, saying it is “time to drain the swamp” of malcontents within the party. He said UKIP’s national executive committee, which passed a vote of […]

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