Labour would change law on High Street bank closures

Labour would change law on High Street bank closures

Image copyright PA A future Labour government would bring in a law preventing banks closing High Street branches, the party has said. Labour said it was part of the party’s plans to rejuvenate the High Street and protect local communities. The Consumers’ Association reports that 1,046 local bank branches closed in the UK between December […]

Heathrow third runway: Councils spent £350,000 on legal action

Heathrow third runway: Councils spent £350,000 on legal action

Image copyright PA Image caption The councils are concerned about the environmental impact of the third runway Four councils under Heathrow Airport’s flight path spent £350,000 on legal fees challenging the planned third runway, the BBC has learnt. Hillingdon Council’s leader said it would provide funding to challenge it for “however long it takes to […]

Jeremy Corbyn issues post-Brexit economy pledge

Jeremy Corbyn issues post-Brexit economy pledge

Image copyright EPA Labour will use “every power possible to upgrade our economy” post-Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged. The Labour leader said Whitehall and councils could obtain new opportunities to use their “incredible” purchasing power to support UK businesses and boost local economies. Labour also wants firms bidding for public contracts to have to recognise […]

Theresa May: Syria ‘highly likely’ behind attack

Theresa May: Syria ‘highly likely’ behind attack

Image copyright AFP The Syrian government was “highly likely” to have been behind last week’s chemical weapons attack, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. Mrs May said British scientists had analysed material from the site of the attack that killed 80 people in rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April. They had said it was “very […]

Grammar schools must be open to ‘ordinary families’

Grammar schools must be open to ‘ordinary families’

Media captionJustine Greening plans to lift the ban on new grammar schools Education Secretary Justine Greening wants England’s schools, including a new generation of grammars, to do more to help “ordinary working families”. The school system needs to support those who are struggling and not “the privileged few”, she will say later. But new government […]

Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit may ‘upgrade our economy’

Jeremy Corbyn says Brexit may ‘upgrade our economy’

Image copyright EPA Leaving the EU could offer new opportunities to “upgrade our economy”, Jeremy Corbyn says. The Labour leader said Whitehall and councils could obtain new opportunities to use their “incredible” purchasing power to support UK businesses and boost local economies. Labour also wants firms bidding for public contracts to have to recognise unions […]

Grammar school places must open to ‘ordinary families’

Grammar school places must open to ‘ordinary families’

Media captionJustine Greening plans to lift the ban on new grammar schools Education Secretary Justine Greening wants England’s schools, including a new generation of grammars, to do more to help “ordinary working families”. The school system needs to support those who are struggling and not “the privileged few”, she will say later. But new government […]

Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay

Image copyright Science Photo Library The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to strike before deciding whether to issue a formal ballot. It says a combination of pay freezes and caps on […]

Local elections 2017: Vote registration deadline looms in England and Wales

Local elections 2017: Vote registration deadline looms in England and Wales

Image copyright PA People in England and Wales have until midnight to register to vote in council and mayoral elections on 4 May. Elections will be held in 34 councils in England and all 22 councils in Wales, and six new regional mayors are being voted in. A Parliamentary by-election will also take place in […]

Boris Johnson ‘dismayed’ by Russia’s UN Syria veto

Boris Johnson ‘dismayed’ by Russia’s UN Syria veto

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has said he is “dismayed” at Russia’s veto of a UN resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The foreign secretary urged the country to stop acting “as a lifeline for Assad’s murderous regime”. World leaders had wanted an investigation into the chemical attack in Idlib last week, […]