Gary Beckwith

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Labour plans to allow members e-votes after democracy review

Labour is planning to introduce electronic voting for annual conferences, local constituency ballots and decisions over policy, a review of internal democracy has concluded.<p>As part of Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to give power back to members, they would be able to participate remotely without having to …

MPs back Heathrow third runway project as Johnson faces criticism

Boris Johnson has faced sharp criticism from fellow Conservative MPs over his decision to miss Monday night’s crunch vote on Heathrow expansion by flying out of the country on an official visit to Afghanistan.<p>The foreign secretary claimed that resigning over his opposition to the £14bn project, …

Government rejects plan for £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea

The government has rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, dashing industry hopes of Britain leading development of a new source of renewable energy and sparking widespread criticism.<p>Ministers said the project, which would have been subsidised through household energy bills for …

UK democracy under threat and need for reform is urgent, says regulator

The Electoral Commission has called for urgent reforms to electoral law after a series of online political campaign scandals, acknowledging concerns that British democracy “may be under threat”.<p>Following a series of revelations involving the likes of Cambridge Analytica, the elections regulator has …

I'm nearly 100 years old, I saw the 1945 refugee crisis firsthand – and I need people to listen to my warning

As the northern hemisphere wends its way into summer, my sense of calm has been broken by the anguished cries of refugees the world over who have …

The Tories’ NHS pledge puts them on a Brexit bus to nowhere | Matthew d’Ancona

Magical thinking can’t solve the conundrum of the leave ‘dividend’. But will the Tories stomach a wealth tax?<p>As Theresa May would say: let me be clear. There is no “Brexit dividend”. There is no glorious golden handshake to look forward to when we leave the European Union. If there is to be £600m …

Pro-Tory Facebook group filled with Islamophobic abuse

Angry Rees-Mogg says he was signed up without consent<p>A controversial pro-Conservative Facebook group has been exposed as containing Islamophobic, homophobic and racist comments about public figures including Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.<p>Comments include demands to …

Ruth Davidson

Chris Grayling to blame for rail chaos, says Lord Adonis

Former Labour transport minister says his successor should have blocked train timetable changes – ‘I did when I was in charge’<p>Pressure is growing on transport secretary Chris Grayling to take responsibility for the rail chaos that has disrupted the lives of thousands of commuters over the past …

Chris Grayling

Home Office prevented asylum seeker's urgent cancer treatment

Woman with advanced breast cancer was deemed ineligible for free NHS care<p>A 38-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer was denied potentially life-saving chemotherapy for nearly six weeks after the Home Office deemed her ineligible.<p>Kelemua Mulat, who has metastatic breast cancer in her abdomen …

Cancer

Heathrow airport’s polluting new runway is a macho folly | Simon Jenkins

This go-ahead is the worst decision taken by a UK government in modern times<p>The building of a third runway at Heathrow must be the worst decision taken by a British government in modern times. There is nothing in it but private profit for a Spanish company that appears to have the British cabinet …

Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales

The Guardian finds over 50 local authorities with PSPOs in place prohibiting begging and loitering<p>Growing numbers of vulnerable homeless people are being fined, given criminal convictions and even imprisoned for begging and rough sleeping, the Guardian can reveal.<p>Despite updated Home Office …

Brexit blamed for dramatic fall in UK business registrations

Collapse is mirrored by tumble in direct foreign investment into Britain of 90%<p>Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has sparked a dramatic fall in the number of French, Dutch and Belgian businesses registering in the UK, in a further illustration of Brexit’s impact on the UK …

Great Britain

Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon will go down in history | Diana Evans

The American bishop did it black. And he shocked the congregation by refusing to tone down his passionate message on power and love<p>The candle flames were trembling. The pulpit was on fire. The bride and groom were waiting. As were the Queen, Oprah, Idris Elba, and Doria Ragland, now the world’s …

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless | John Harris

It’s years since Silicon Valley gave us a game-changer. Instead, from curing disease to colonies on Mars, we’re fed overblown promises<p>Back in 1999, Google hit 1bn searches a year. Wifi began to make an impact about two years later. Thanks to the pioneers of Facebook and Twitter, the age of mass …

Social Media

Study shows economic impact of Arkansas electric cooperatives

Electric cooperatives in Arkansas contributed $1.76 billion annually to the state, according to an economic impact study. The cooperatives recently …

Cooperatives

Evergreen Cooperative Laundry taking over Cleveland Clinic-owned laundry facility

Evergreen Cooperative Laundry is taking over management of Cleveland Clinic's laundry facility in the city's Collinwood neighborhood, an expansion …

Anti-corruption campaigners hail 'huge win' as government caves in over dirty money hidden in UK tax havens

Campaigners against corruption are hailing a “huge win” after the government caved in to pressure to end the secret hoarding of dirty money in UK tax …

Government claim of voter fraud surge misleading, says watchdog

Statistics authority deals blow to argument in favour of making ID compulsory to vote in elections<p>The official statistics watchdog has condemned one of the government’s main arguments in favour of trialling compulsory voter ID, saying a claim that incidents of voter fraud had more than doubled in …

Has the House of Lords stopped Brexit?

Last night’s amendment requires a resolution in the Commons and a motion in the Lords before the UK government can conclude the withdrawal agreement.

Women’s Co-Operatives in Turkey: Success Stories

Women’s co-operatives were first established in Turkey in 1999. Since then, small cooperatives - most have less than 25 members - have been created …

Polling station voter ID plans are deeply flawed, say critics

Plans requiring voters to prove their identity before casting their ballot are deeply flawed, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has said.<p>The group said it appeared the plans were a “calculated effort by the government to make voting harder for some citizens”.<p>Pilot schemes will be in place at …

Polling

No Black Caribbean Britons Accepted On Civil Service Fast Stream, Despite Record Number Of Applicants

Labour MP says grandchildren of the Windrush generation likely to be affected.<p>HuffpostUK<p>Not a single person of Black Caribbean origin has won a place …

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Amber Rudd Told About Home Office Deportation Targets In 2017, According To Leaked Memo

The home secretary has denied she knew any targets existed.<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Amber Rudd’s claim she did not know the Home Office had deportation …

Amber Rudd

Ministers must have known of removals targets, says former immigration chief

Former border agency CEO blames ‘poor policy’ for scandal engulfing Amber Rudd<p>A former borders and immigration chief said it was “disingenuous” for Home Office ministers to suggest they did not know targets existed for removing people from Britain.<p>Rob Whiteman, a former chief executive of the …

Why the Brexiteers have no mandate for leaving the EU customs union

Vote Leave almost entirely ignored the issue during the referendum campaign.<p>Few of those who voted for Brexit, it is safe to say, did so for the …

New national body launched to fix “broken” student housing market | Co-operatives UK Newsroom

• New national body, Student Co‑op Homes, created to address “rip‑off” student housing<br>• 62% of students use loans to help pay rent and only half think …

Community Business Weekend returns to champion local enterprise | Co-operatives UK Newsroom

Organised by Power to Change, Community Business Weekend shines a light on the country's 7,000 community businesses – and this year takes place on …

Corbyn casts spotlight on crime and housing in local elections fight

Labour leader to appear alongside London mayor in campaign to push Tories out of power in key boroughs<p>Jeremy Corbyn will take his battle for flagship Conservative boroughs to the streets of London on Monday as he launches Labour’s local election campaign in the capital alongside the mayor, Sadiq …

The Tory Police Cuts Calculator

Theresa May promised to protect the police. But instead she’s slashed 21,000 police officers – and she won’t stop there.<p><b>The Tories have cut of police</b> …