Mental health chief hits out at gambling crisis – Tory donor-bookies...

The head of England’s mental health service has called on UK bookmakers to take urgent action to tackle the gambling-addiction crisis as it emerged Tory-donor-bookmakers are making millions from the NHS to treat gambling addicts. The NHS report that 430,000 people have a “serious betting...

BA boss slams Flybe bailout and files official complaint against government

The boss of British Airways has slammed the UK government’s rescue deal for the regional airline FlyBe with an official complaint filed to the European Commission against the plan. Ministers announced a rescue package for the country’s biggest domestic airline carrier on Tuesday night that...
NHS crisis

NHS crisis – Matt Hancock may abolish A&E waiting time targets

The worsening NHS crisis hasn't been helped by its failure to meet the four-hour A&E waiting-time target introduced in 2004. Speaking on BBC radio, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock signalled that he's considering scrapping them. NHS staff have made conflicting statements on this issue,...

UK won’t automatically deport EU citizens post-Brexit, says Downing Street

Downing Street has confirmed the United Kingdom will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not signed up to the settled status scheme. Guy Verhofstadt, the EU’s Brexit co-ordinator said the UK government had given assurances that EU citizens who miss the 30 June 2021 deadline will still be...

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NI power-sharing deal and Brexit Bill cap strong week for PM

Sinn Fein’s decision to back the deal returning power to Stormont has capped a strong week for Boris Johnson who can also celebrate the passing of his Brexit Bill. Just seven days ago reporters, politicians and pundits were pillorying the prime minister for remaining silent at a luxury resort on a Caribbean island while the world pondered all-out war with...

Big Ben blow for Brexiteers

Brexiteers have been dealt a big New Year blow after their campaign to get Big Ben to bong  for Brexit on January 31 has been dashed. An amendment to the...

Big Ben will bong for Brexit

The newly elected speaker of the House of Commons has given Brexiteers the Christmas gift they’ve campaigned for by announcing he will allow Big Ben to bong on January...

MPs return to parliament with BBC, Ministry of Defence and DfID in firing line

MPs return to the Commons today (Monday) following the Conservative’s seismic election victory with a number of the country’s key institutions in the new government’s firing line for reform...

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UK won’t automatically deport EU citizens post-Brexit, says Downing Street

Downing Street has confirmed the United Kingdom will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not signed up to the settled status scheme. Guy Verhofstadt, the EU’s Brexit co-ordinator said the UK government had given assurances that EU citizens who miss the 30 June 2021 deadline will still be able to make an application to stay in UK without...

PM ‘sunning himself, drinking martinis’ as UK takes ‘major lurch towards war’ with Iran

The prime minister has been criticised for his “deafening silence” following the assassination of Iran’s top general Qassem Suleimani by the United States that has seen the West take...

Civil Servants set for seismic shake-up

Civil servants are “woefully unprepared” for a seismic transformation of Whitehall under new plans the prime minister wants to implement. The sweeping reforms - which include merging, abolishing and creating...

‘Lives endangered’ by Cabinet Office’s New Year Honours data breach

Anti-terrorism officers, high profile politicians and famous celebrities have had their home addresses published online along with more than 1,000 recipients of the New Year Honours. The Cabinet Office has...
Stormont Assembly

Stormont Assembly proposal – governments urge parties to sign up

Three years to the day since the Stormont Assembly collapsed, the British and Irish governments have published a deal for the restoration of power in Northern Ireland. Late on Thursday night, the Northern Ireland Secretary, Julian Smith and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney published a joint proposal urging all parties to sign up and reconvene at...

Iran crisis – UK withdraws embassy staff in Iraq and Iran

The Iran crisis is gathering momentum. Revenging the US's killing of general Soleimani, Iran has fired 22 missiles at army bases hosting coalition and US soldiers in Iraq, warning...

N Ireland businesses want £100m Brexit compensation

Buisness leaders in Northern Ireland are demanding £100 million cash-compensation from the UK government for any disruption to trading caused by Brexit. The call comes following a meeting between leading...

Migrants crossing the channel desperate to start a better life

2019 has seen the number of migrants crossing the channel grow three-fold in 2019. On Boxing Day, the coast guard found 60 migrants attempting to reach UK shores. According...