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The shocking numbers of insecure workers who died of coronavirus

Insecure workers died of coronavirus (Covid-19) at twice the rate of people in other jobs. That’s the finding of new research into the pandemic. It’s shone a damning light not only into the government’s response but also the state of employment in the UK more broadly. Insecure jobs...


#KillTheBill: here’s where you can join a protest this weekend

Home secretary Priti Patel’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has been in the public eye for weeks. Also known as the Police Bill, it’s resulted in protests up and down the UK. And they’re not ending anytime soon. Because this weekend dozens of #KillTheBill demos are happe...

A new poll shows Keir Starmer’s Labour is ‘behind the most corrupt’ government in a lifetime

Kier Starmer’s Labour Party are now 14 points behind the Tories, according to new polling. A YouGov poll for the Times has the Tories up two points to 43% and Labour down five to 29%. The Greens and Lib Dems are both up two points. Westminster voting intention: CON: 43% (+2)LAB: 29% (-5)GRN:...

PM will still visit India despite concerns over rising cases and new variant

Boris Johnson’s visit to India will still go ahead despite soaring coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and fears over a variant first identified there according to Downing Street. The trip Public Health England (PHE) reported that 73 cases of the B.1.617 variant have been found in England, as well as four ...

Ministers accuse DUP of ‘obstructing’ north-south relations

The DUP has been accused of “obstructing” north-south institutions. Sinn Féin and the SDLP say the DUP failed to nominate a unionist minister to attend two North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) sectoral meetings in recent weeks which prevented them from going ahead. One accompanying minister from t...

More than 200 jobs could be axed at car parts firm ‘due to Brexit and Covid’

More than 200 jobs at a car parts firm in south Wales face being axed partly due to Brexit and coronavirus, the company has said. Tory Britain Kautex Textron, which has a plant in Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly, South Wales, said it was discussing possible staff reductions with its workers as well as...

Second independence vote backed by 60% of UK Labour supporters, survey suggests

A new survey suggests that 60% of Labour supporters across the UK back another independence referendum “in principle” in the next few years, and 56% think the party should too. Labour out of step with its supporters? The YouGov study, which spoke to 1,073 Labour members between 17 March and 24 March...

Hancock accused of ‘cronyism’ over shares in family firm which has NHS contracts

Labour has said there are “serious questions to answer” after it was revealed that Health Secretary Matt Hancock has shares in a family company that has contracts with the NHS. Mr Hancock declared in the MPs’ register of interests in March of this year that he now owns over 15% of shares in company ...

US troops set to leave Afghanistan. That’s one down, another 150 or so countries to go.

US president Joe Biden recently announced his administration will pull troops out of Afghanistan. This brutal war has cost tens of thousands of lives and plunged the country into a protracted conflict. Additionally, it failed to break the Taliban’s power or bring ‘democracy’ to thi...

Met police officer jailed for attacking a Black man who was visiting his partner’s grave

Charlie Harrison, a Metropolitan police officer, has been jailed for breaking a Black man’s knee in a ‘clear case of racial profiling’. Harrison fractured Carl Abrahams’ knee while Abrahams was visiting his partner’s grave with his children. Southwark crown court found Harrison gui...

You will never walk alone: the Hillsborough disaster remembered

It’s 32 years since 96 men, women, and children died at an FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989. It became known as the Hillsborough disaster. The tragedy would come to symbolize Thatcher-era Britain – a byword for class war, corruption and gutter press lies. All of those who died that day...

BBC coverage of death of Philip Windsor breaks UK TV complaints record

The BBC’s coverage of the death of the duke of Edinburgh has drawn 110,000 complaints, the highest number ever published in the UK about television programming. Philip Windsor died at Windsor Castle on 9 April at the age of 99, prompting the corporation to clear its schedules across both BBC One and...

Equality watchdog warns of ‘two-tier society’ with vaccine passports

Introducing coronavirus status certificates (vaccine passports) could create a “two-tier society” which discriminates against certain groups, the equalities watchdog has warned. Tiers The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said vaccine passports could be a “proportionate” way of easing rest...

Civil servants’ new jobs must be approved after Greensill affair – ex-mandarin

A former Home Office boss has said he was “absolutely amazed” to learn a top civil servant was allowed to work as a part-time adviser at Greensill Capital while still in Whitehall. He called for more scrutiny of civil service hires. Sir David Normington, who led the department for five years until 2...

Tory government’s ridiculous claim that it’s a ‘world leader’ on climate is proven wrong, again

The UK government loves to describe itself as a ‘world leader’ on tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. Its actions, however, rarely live up to its rhetoric. A new report from the Woodland Trust is a case in point, as lays bare the dire state of the UK’s trees and woods. On...

Call to support Kevan Thakrar, held in the ‘most restrictive’ conditions in the UK prison system

Campaigners are calling for action to support a vulnerable prisoner at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan Thakrar has been imprisoned for over 13 years, 11 of which have been spent in the UK’s Close Supervision Centres (CSC), where prisoners face the “most restrictive conditions” seen in the U...

What you don’t see with seafood

Image description This cartoon begins by depicting a smiling person holding a shopping bag and standing in front of a counter with a big sign that reads “Fresh Seafood”. On the counter are are three containers with labels as follows; the first is labelled “prawns”and contain...

Police want Twitter to stop people sharing videos of them

An organisation that represents police officers is kicking off about people sharing videos of arrests and other police interactions on social media. It’s calling for platforms like Twitter and YouTube to do something. But the group’s claim that cops are somehow the victims here doesn&#82...

New polling says it’s time for a coup against Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer has been leading the Labour Party for just over a year. And judging by the latest opinion polls, this means that a coup is incoming – well only if you judge him by the standards Labour MPs held Jeremy Corbyn up to – obviously. Starmer: approval shot to pieces As Stats for Le...

Thousands of British Gas staff are waking up today without a job simply for refusing to sign away their rights. The company told workers to accept new contracts or face unemployment. Despite months of negotiations, British Gas is firing them anyway. If you’re a customer, you can actually make ...

A former army barracks being used by the Home Office to house asylum seekers is “unsafe and entirely unsuitable”, the High Court has heard. The Napier Barracks in Kent has been used to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers since last September, despite the Home Office being warned by Public Health ...

Facebook has allowed politicians to use a loophole on the platform to “deceive and harass” their citizens, according to a Guardian investigation. Company internal documents and an account from a whistleblower show that world leaders have been able to get away with political manipulation ...

Minnesota police shot and killed a Black man on Sunday, as the trial for the officer accused of killing George Floyd continues in Minneapolis. Brooklyn Center police shot Daunte Wright, 20, after they pulled him over for a traffic violation, according to his mother, Katie Wright. A medical examiner ...

In the UK, if you’re found guilty of something that is deemed an imprisonable crime, you’re sentenced to a period of time in prison, right? And when you’ve served your time, you’re released, yes? Well, no. Not if you’re one of thousands of people stuck in prison with no...

On 9 April, when writing in Byline Times about British loyalist rioting in the north of Ireland, Otto English (Andrew Scott) wrote: The roots of the violence that flared up over the past week on the streets of Belfast are like everything else in Northern Irish politics – complicated. And, given Engl...

Refugees are being moved back into Napier Barracks despite enduring concerns over conditions and coronavirus. One resident who arrived last Friday said the military site in Kent is “like prison”, despite claims from the Home Office that improvements have been made. More people are expected to arrive...

Children’s laureate Cressida Cowell has warned of “vast inequality” in the provision of primary school libraries, and said the gap in educational achievement and opportunity “remains stark, worrying and urgent” as she called for Boris Johnson to ring-fence a yearly investment of £100m. Reading The a...

People are being urged to take steps to help butterflies and moths this spring as part of a project which experts said could boost the mental health of those who take part. Boost The campaign by charity Butterfly Conservation to prevent further declines in species of butterflies and moths comes afte...

One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black US army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired, authorities in Virginia have said. Two officers from the town of Windsor are accused of drawing their guns, pointing them at US Army second lieutenant ...

Mosques are preparing for Ramadan after the holy month had to be observed during coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions last year without the usual community prayer gatherings. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, begins with the first sighting of the new moon. It’s expected on 13 April th...

Mosques are preparing for Ramadan after the holy month had to be observed during coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions last year without the usual community prayer gatherings. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, begins with the first sighting of the new moon. It’s expected on 13 Ap...