Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Theresa May launches race audit of public services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty and be victims of crime Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review into how ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools, police and the courts. The audit is aimed […]

Labour signs deal with conference security firm

Labour signs deal with conference security firm

Image copyright Getty Images The Labour Party has signed up a company to provide security at its annual conference meaning the event will go ahead as planned. It follows a stand-off between the GMB union and another security company, Showsec, over union recognition, which threatened to derail the event. Labour’s General Secretary Iain McNicol announced […]

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn urges probe into excluded voters

Media captionJeremy Corbyn ‘concerned’ over voter exclusion claims Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fears some of his supporters may have been “unfairly” barred from voting in the party’s leadership election. He has handed a list of names to party officials, saying he wants a “fair and open” contest, with all those eligible to take part able […]

UN blames UK politicians for Brexit hate crime spike

UN blames UK politicians for Brexit hate crime spike

Image copyright Ewa Banaszak Image caption A Polish family targeted by arsonists in Plymouth in July received what police called a “hate-filled” letter “Divisive” and “anti-immigrant” rhetoric by UK politicians during the EU referendum helped to fuel a spike in race hate crimes in the weeks before and after the vote, a UN body has […]

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter

UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter

Image copyright Reuters Strong growth in spending by consumers helped to drive the UK economy ahead of the Brexit vote, official figures show. Consumer spending in the April to June period grew by 0.9% from the previous quarter, the fastest pace since 2014. A rise in business investment also helped growth, the Office for National […]

John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

Image copyright PA Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claims there has been a “rigged purge” of supporters of Jeremy Corbyn in Labour’s leadership contest. Mr McDonnell said thousands of members were being denied a vote “without being given an explanation”. He was reacting to the suspension from Labour of Ronnie Draper, who leads the Corbyn-supporting Bakers, […]

Greens’ Caroline Lucas proposes Labour election pact

Greens’ Caroline Lucas proposes Labour election pact

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has raised the prospect of an electoral pact with other parties to prevent them “fighting each other”. She indicated she would be prepared to consider deals with Labour that could involve candidates standing aside in some constituencies. Counting of votes is due to start today in the Green Party leadership […]

Labour leadership: Smith claims Corbyn ‘happy’ about Brexit vote

Labour leadership: Smith claims Corbyn ‘happy’ about Brexit vote

Image copyright PA Image caption The hustings debate is being held at the SECC in Glasgow Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has claimed Jeremy Corbyn was “happy” about the UK voting to leave the EU. Speaking during a sometimes ill-tempered hustings debate in Glagow, he also warned that the party could split unless Mr Corbyn […]

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Image copyright PA Poland has overtaken India as the most common non-UK country of birth for people living in the UK, Office for National Statistics figures show. It comes as net migration estimates show it remains near record levels, at 327,000 for the year to March. The figures – for the period before Britain voted […]

Labour leadership hustings: Corbyn against coalition with SNP

Labour leadership hustings: Corbyn against coalition with SNP

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is backing Mr Smith (right) while her deputy Alex Rowley has spoken in support of Mr Corbyn The current leader of Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, has ruled out his party entering into a coalition with the SNP. He made his view clear ahead of taking […]