British Politics by NotSoRedEd

By Edward Molyneux | Political articles of interest, found by political blogger NotSoRedEd (notsoreded.uk) 

Chris Grayling: Tory in combative mood to deal with rail union bosses

Transport secretary has shown no sign of toning down his tribal approach to politics in his handling of the Southern train strikes<p>Chris Grayling was for years the premier Tory attack dog of David Cameron’s days in opposition, happy to bash Labour and the trade unions at every opportunity.<p>His …

Brexit

Scottish budget increases by £800 million 'thanks to Westminster, not SNP tax powers'

Scotland will have £800 million extra to spend next year thanks entirely to the generosity of the UK’s Barnett formula but the SNP has given schools and hospitals an “unflattering settlement”, according to an analysis of the Scottish Budget.<p>Professor John McLaren, an eminent economist, said last …

Referendums

Social care crisis: Jeremy Corbyn seeks urgent meeting with PM

Labour leader calls for ‘emergency top-up’ funds to protect elderly people over winter as services struggle to cope<p>The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has asked to meet Theresa May to discuss emergency funding for Britain’s ailing social care system, which would be the first such cross-party meeting …

Social Work

Len McCluskey: 'Workers do best when labour supply is controlled'

Union general secretary says safeguards to reduce impact of free movement will help stability, as he launches re-election bid<p>Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, has said the union must listen to the concerns of working people, including about the impact of free movement on their …

Brexit

Pensions Regulator fires BHS warning shot with £255m Coats Group deal

Watchdog’s record settlement with thread maker shows it will continue talks even after launching legal proceedings<p>The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has fired a warning shot at Sir Philip Green by agreeing its biggest ever settlement with a private company in a case with similarities to BHS.<p>Coats Group, …

Fraud

Andy Burnham: Labour wrong to put single market ahead of immigration

Manchester mayoral candidate departs from Labour policy with suggestion that its priorities over Brexit are wrong<p>Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate to become the mayor of Greater Manchester, has accused his party of getting its priorities over Brexit wrong by placing single market access at the top …

Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn attends Stop the War’s Christmas fundraiser again despite Labour MPs' anger

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a backlash from Labour MPs after attending a Christmas fundraiser for a group criticised for its "anti-West" stance.<p><i>The Telegraph</i> has established that the Labour leader went to a three-course meal last week to raise funds for Stop the War.<p>A photo of the event shows Mr Corbyn …

Jeremy Corbyn

Nicky Morgan replaced by designer handbag on Have I Got News For You

Former education secretary had pulled out of BBC panel show after row with Downing Street over cost of Theresa May’s trousers<p>Nicky Morgan was represented by a designer handbag on Have I Got News For You, after deciding to pull out days after it emerged she had fallen out with Downing Street over …

Downing Street

Scottish government accused of cutting £330m from council funding

Critics say finance secretary is squeezing councils to pay for education and social care, a charge he denies<p>The Scottish government has been accused of cutting nearly £330m from council funding to help pay for education and social care spending in next year’s draft budget.<p>Opposition parties and the …

Referendums

Chris Grayling sent cyclist flying with his car door, video shows

Film shows transport secretary knocking Jaiqi Liu over in an incident that left rider in a state of shock by the roadside<p>Video footage has emerged of the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, knocking over a cyclist and sending his bicycle crashing into a lamppost, in an incident that left the rider …

Cycling

Jeremy Corbyn cooks up a storm at homeless centre

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn shows off his culinary skills as he makes vegetarian burgers during a visit to a Centrepoint homeless hostel in south London.<p>Mr. Corbyn became a vegetarian almost 50 years ago after working on a pig farm.

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain First’s Paul Golding Jailed For 8 Weeks For Breaching High Court Injunction

He recently stepped down citing "personal family issues".<p>Paul Golding has been jailed for eight weeks after admitting breaching a High Court …

Far-right Politics

University lowers entry grades for disadvantaged

<b>A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades.</b><p>The University of Bristol is to accept lower exam grades from disadvantaged local pupils and applicants from schools with poor A-level results.<p>Vice-chancellor Hugh Brady said this would …

Conservative MP Nicky Morgan pulls out of Have I Got News For You after Theresa May trousers row

Conservative MP Nicky Morgan has pulled out of a planned appearance on Have I Got News for You following a public spat with Number Ten after she …

NHS chief: bus passes and pensions must be up for discussion to tackle social care crisis

Free bus passes and pension protections for older people should be reconsidered if Britain has any hope of solving the crisis facing social care, the head of the NHS has suggested.<p>Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, told MPs that there is “no point” giving people free bus transport if …

Social Work

Unemployment rises by 14,000 in Scotland

<b>Unemployment in Scotland rose by 14,000 between August and October to stand at 145,000, according to Office for National Statistics data.</b><p>The figures contrasted with the UK as a whole, which saw the jobless total fall by 16,000 to 1.62 million.<p>The unemployment rate is now 5.3%, compared with 4.8% …

Economy

Jeremy Corbyn blames leadership contest for low poll ratings

Labour leader says party was distracted by contest and that some MPs will never accept his leadership<p>Jeremy Corbyn has attributed Labour’s low rating in opinion polls to the distraction of the leadership contest and said some Labour MPs will never be satisfied.<p>The Labour leader said he would …

Referendums

Prime Minister's Questions: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's claims fact checked

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over funding for social care at this week's Prime Minister's Questions.<p>The Telegraph has teamed up with Full Fact to check the claims made by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.<p>This week, the debate covered how the …

Brexit

Peter Wilkinson: the man the unions say is driving the Southern rail strike

Civil servant has become bogeyman at Department for Transport after ill-advised speech in February saying ‘we have got to break’ drivers<p>A casual observer might struggle to equate the man who appeared before the transport select committee looking like a French philosopher with the hatchet man whom …

Trains

Theresa May should make good on her fine words and end the legal persecution of all British troops

Revelations by this newspaper that members of the Armed Forces are facing what amounts to legal persecution from Ministry of Defence bureaucrats and activist lawyers over their military service in Iraq caused deep and justified public anger, a sentiment that proves once again how highly the people …

Theresa May

MP stands to make £1.5m from Kurdistan oil company sale

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has close ties to area and led series of visits by UK MPs and then London mayor Boris Johnson<p>A Conservative MP will receive a payout of nearly £1.5m if the sale completes of the Kurdistan-based oil company for which he has worked since July 2015 alongside representing his …

Oil

Jeremy Corbyn Slams Theresa May Over Social Care 'Con'; Demands Tax Cuts For Rich Spent On Elderly

'Are the elderly less valuable in poorer areas than rich ones?'<p>Jeremy Corbyn has slammed as a “con” Theresa May’s attempt to hike council taxes to …

Brexit

MPs' pay to rise again by over £1,000 despite cap imposed on public sector workers

MPs will see their salaries rise by over £1,000 after the parliamentary pay watchdog signed off another increase.<p>The £1,049 rise comes just months after the body pushed through a controversial 1.3 per cent salary increase despite opposition from some MPs and trade unions.<p>The latest 1.4 per cent …

Brexit

English voters, don’t be fooled by the SNP – its rhetoric hides its nationalism

Moderate Labourites are looking for a voice and Nicola Sturgeon quips about fielding candidates in England. But the SNP is more nationalist than leftwing<p>After the televised leaders’ debates before the 2015 general election, one of the most Googled queries was: “Can I vote for the SNP?” And although …

Referendums

If Northern Ireland is to address its violent past, it will require outside help

The government, police, security services and paramilitaries are all vested interests. Unless an international team runs it, no process can succeed<p>A year ago, the political institutions in Northern Ireland were saved by what was called the fresh start agreement. After another period of crisis, …

Brexit

Southern expects more disruption after talks

The leader of the UK's biggest rail union arrived at the ACAS conciliation service's London offices on Wednesday morning, alongside the leader of the …

Margaret Thatcher’s fashion influence is confirmed as her outfits go on display at the V&A

On the same day that Margaret Thatcher has topped a <i>Women’s Hour</i> list of the most influential women of the past 70 years, the former Prime Minister’s outfits have also been deemed museum-worthy.<p>The fashion galleries at South Kensington’s Victoria and Albert Museum will now display three significant …

Margaret Thatcher

Theresa May pledges to seek long-term solution to social care squeeze

Jeremy Corbyn challenges PM over ‘crisis’ after councils granted freedom to raise council tax to cover funding shortages<p>Theresa May has pledged to seek a “long-term solution” to the challenge of funding social care for older people, as she confirmed that local authorities would be allowed to bring …

Brexit

Britain First And Other Far-Right Facebook Pages Investigated For Possible Copyright Infringements

Pages could be removed from Facebook.<p>A number of Facebook pages belonging to far-right groups, including Britain First, are being investigated for possible copyright infringement.<p>Four of the groups being looked at by Facebook have repeatedly taken articles from established news sites and reproduced …

Far-right Politics