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Seven day NHS pledge faces ‘staff shortages’

Seven day NHS pledge faces ‘staff shortages’

Image copyright Science Photo Library A confidential review of government plans for a seven-day NHS in England has identified 13 risks, according to the Guardian and Channel 4 News. These include concerns over a shortage of doctors and other health staff. The leaked risk register was drawn up by the Department of Health, and sets […]

Yemen crisis: Oxfam critical of UK-Saudi arms deals

Yemen crisis: Oxfam critical of UK-Saudi arms deals

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pro-government forces in Yemen are battling Shia Yemeni groups The aid agency Oxfam has accused UK ministers of “denial and disarray” over an agreement to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which could be used in Yemen. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government is fighting against Shia rebels. The UK government has faced […]

Labour leadership: Ballot papers for contest being sent out

Labour leadership: Ballot papers for contest being sent out

Image copyright Getty Images The two candidates to become Labour leader have urged members to back them as ballot papers begin to be sent or emailed to nearly 650,000 people. The party published figures showing a surge in members and registered supporters who will choose between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. Mr Corbyn pledged to […]

Extremist prisoners ‘may be separated’ from other inmates

Extremist prisoners ‘may be separated’ from other inmates

Image copyright PA Violent extremist prisoners could be held in separate special units inside jails under government plans to stop other inmates being radicalised. Justice Secretary Liz Truss will reveal the new measures on Monday, following a review into extremism in prisons led by former prison governor Ian Acheson. One of his key recommendations was […]

Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith as Labour Party leader

Media captionMs Dugdale does not believe Mr Corbyn can appeal to enough voters to win the next general election Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is backing Owen Smith in the Labour Party leadership contest. She said Mr Smith could reunite the party and win a general election. She said: “Owen Smith gets my vote. I […]

Rotherham MPs face electoral expenses fraud probe

Rotherham MPs face electoral expenses fraud probe

Image copyright PA Image caption The three Rotherham MPs all deny the allegations Three MPs in South Yorkshire are being investigated by police over alleged electoral expenses fraud. Labour MPs Sir Kevin Barron (Rother Valley), Sarah Champion (Rotherham) and John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne) have all denied the allegations. South Yorkshire Police said it was […]

Lord Heseltine: Theresa May won’t ditch plan for mayors

Lord Heseltine: Theresa May won’t ditch plan for mayors

Image copyright Reuters Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has dismissed reports Theresa May could “kill off” George Osborne’s elected mayor project. The push for English cities and regions to elect a “London-style” mayor was a key policy for the last government as it devolved powers out of Whitehall. But the Times claims the new […]

Labour leadership: Ballot papers for contest to be sent out

Labour leadership: Ballot papers for contest to be sent out

Image copyright Getty Images Ballot papers will be issued later to more than two thirds of a million people with a vote in the Labour leadership contest. The party said the number is made up of about 350,000 members, 129,000 who paid £25 each to be registered supporters, and 168,000 from other organisations. Jeremy Corbyn […]

Sadiq Khan: Jeremy Corbyn ‘failed to win trust of British people’

Media captionKhan tells the BBC: Corbyn “has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people” London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Labour voters to ditch Jeremy Corbyn as leader and vote for Owen Smith in the party’s leadership contest. Mr Khan told BBC News Mr Corbyn had “failed to win the trust […]

Labour leadership: Corbyn reveals reforms to boost trade unions

Labour leadership: Corbyn reveals reforms to boost trade unions

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn said Britain “needed to break open the closed circle of Westminster and Whitehall” Jeremy Corbyn has said he would look to bolster the bargaining powers of trade unions if he wins the leadership vote. Announcing a raft of reform plans, Mr Corbyn said he wanted to “democratise our […]