Len McCluskey’s Unite challenger Gerard Coyne wants end to ‘party politics’

Len McCluskey’s Unite challenger Gerard Coyne wants end to ‘party politics’

Image copyright PA Image caption Gerard Coyne is Unite’s West Midlands secretary A new challenger to lead the UK’s largest trade union says he will stop it “playing Westminster power games”. Gerard Coyne accused Unite’s current general secretary, Len McCluskey, of “dabbling in politics all the time”. Mr Coyne, the union’s West Midlands secretary, launched […]

Southern rail strike: 48-hour walkout causes chaos for commuters

Southern rail strike: 48-hour walkout causes chaos for commuters

Image copyright AP Image caption Passengers waiting to board the Gatwick Express at London Victoria faced long queues Rail passengers have been hit by travel chaos as striking train drivers bring the Southern network to a halt. Members of the Aslef union walked out for 48 hours at midnight. A further 24-hour strike is set […]

UK inflation at two-year high as clothing prices rise

UK inflation at two-year high as clothing prices rise

Image copyright Getty Images The biggest rise in clothing prices in six years helped to drive the UK’s inflation rate up to 1.2% in November, up from 0.9% in October. November’s Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate was the highest since October 2014, when it stood at 1.3%. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said […]

Carwyn Jones: Jeremy Corbyn needs plan for UK government

Carwyn Jones: Jeremy Corbyn needs plan for UK government

Image copyright Getty Images Many people do not know what Labour would do if it took power in Westminster, the first minister has said. Carwyn Jones told Buzzfeed News that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party needed a “ruthless focus on the things that matter to ordinary people”. He also warned that fake news was making it […]

Brexit: ‘Clear plan’ for interim deal needed, say peers

Brexit: ‘Clear plan’ for interim deal needed, say peers

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May has said her goal is a “red, white and blue” Brexit The UK must have “a clear game plan” for any transitional arrangement for Brexit early on in its negotiations with the EU, ministers have been told. A House of Lords committee warned that if no interim deal […]

McCluskey set to face Unite challenge from Gerard Coyne

McCluskey set to face Unite challenge from Gerard Coyne

Image copyright PA Image caption Len McCluskey is one of the most powerful figures in the Labour movement A leading Unite official is expected to announce he is challenging Len McCluskey for the leadership of the UK’s largest union on Tuesday. Gerard Coyne, Unite’s West Midlands secretary, is understood to be frustrated by the positioning […]

Voters’ well-being ‘key to election success’

Voters’ well-being ‘key to election success’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Mental health is a big contributor to well-being Politicians need to pay more attention to voters’ sense of well-being if they want to win elections, says the former head of the British civil service. Lord O’Donnell pointed out that areas which voted for Brexit were those with the biggest inequalities […]

Jo Cox MP charity single has VAT waived

Jo Cox MP charity single has VAT waived

Image copyright Brendan Cox Image caption Labour MP Jo Cox died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency A Christmas single in memory of Jo Cox MP is to have the VAT on sales given to charity, the chancellor has announced. Music stars and MPs have recorded the tribute to the member for Batley […]

Former Conservative minister Lord Prior dies

Former Conservative minister Lord Prior dies

Image caption Although never a close ally of Margaret Thatcher, he held key positions in her government Former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Prior has died at the age of 89. He served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles in the early 1980s. Before that, he was Secretary of […]

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

The prime minister is understood to be considering plans to allow councils in England and Wales to increase council tax to fund the social care system. It follows warnings that the system could “topple at any moment” leading to pressure on the NHS as patients cannot be released from hospital. Local councils have suffered more […]