Category Archives: UK Politics

CUMMINGS LOCKDOWN COTTAGE VISITED BY COUNCIL FOR COUNCIL TAX AVOIDANCE

Dominic Cummings outside his London Home

Durham County Council (DCC) have now confirmed that the cottage Dominic Cummings travelled to during lockdown was not registered for council tax despite it be a separate dwelling. The council also found that planning breaches during a site visit on June 1st but, due to the uncertainty of when they took place, no further action will be taken. Regarding council

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Durham Council open investigation into cummings lockdown cottage

Dominic Cummings Durham County Council

Durham County Council (DCC) have confirmed that they have opened an investigation into Dominic Cummings cottage at North Lodge following complaints that it does not have the correct planning permissions or council tax banding. The investigation came about after I broke the story surrounding the “spare cottage” Mr Cummings stated he stayed at during his trip north during lockdown. I

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Dominic Cummings Owns “Spare Cottage” in Durham

Dominic Cummings told people that when he made his questionable trip to Durham, that he stayed at a “spare cottage” on his parents estate. However, as of today, Mr Cummings is still shown as the registered owner of the property along with his parents and another family member. Therefore, Cummings trip was more of a journey to his second home,

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Devolved Governments Snub Johnson’s Stay Alert Slogan

Nicola Sturgeon with Boris Johnson

Saturday evening saw the UK government unveil the new slogan that is meant to send a message to the public on how to act during the lockdown restrictions. However, far from being a clear concise message, the new slogan has been met with ridicule and confusing. The devolved government’s in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast have also distanced themselves from it

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Nurses Don’t Need Clapping & Medals, They Need a Pay Rise

There has been an outpouring of gratitude for the work of NHS Staff and others helping on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s taken hold so much that every Thursday at 8pm people are dutifully going out of their front doors and “Clapping For Our Carers”. Whilst this is a nice gesture, it is being used by the government

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Prime Minister and Chancellor Laugh at Plight of Zero Hours Care Staff

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak at Prime Minister's Questions. PMQs

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn raised the issue of Care Workers who are on zero hour contracts. As the the Labour leader pointed out that 25% of carers in England are on the unpredictable and much criticised contracts, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and new Chancellor Rishi Sunak seemed to find it highly amusing

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How we treat unaccompanied child refugees is a test of our humanity

An unaccompanied child refugee on train tracks

I was saddened to discover this week that Conservative MPs voted unanimously to reject rights for unaccompanied child refugees to be put back into the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). The guarantee for the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family living in the UK, was removed from the WAB by the Conservatives after the General Election

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The Definitive Guide for Voters

Tomorrow, December 12th 2019 sees the culmination of one of the most ugly General Election campaigns in history. From outright lies, to misleading figures, there’s a lot of confusion out there. Even when it comes to actually casting your vote, people seem to be unsure of their rights. Here is some essential information for anyone who wants to exercise their

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The Latest Poll Isn’t Good News for The Tories

Boris Johnson standing at a lecturn

YouGov have released their much anticipated MRP poll seeing the Tories lead halved since the last one on November 27th. The MRP method was one of the few polls to correctly predict the 2017 General Election result. Although the result still has the Tories in the lead, some seats given to the Tories are simply too close to call. This

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Boris Johnson Rolls Back On Helping 1950s Women

Back to 60 women standing outdide the High Court in London

Boris Johnson had a tough time with the audience during tonight’s live leadership debate on the BBC. Those present were clearly unimpressed with the Prime Minister avoiding answering questions. However, one important point came when Johnson was asked about the help he’d promised 1950s women affected by the rise in the state pension age. After previously promising to work to

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John McDonnell Confirms Labour Will Scrap Universal Credit

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell gave a passionate speech at a rally in Brighton pledging to get “rid of the bloody Universal Credit”. Speaking about how Labour plans to transform the economy should they win the likely upcoming General Election, McDonnell vowed to reverse the Tories hostile and oppressive welfare reforms. While some may want Brexit to dominate any impending

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The Ravages of Austerity – An Analysis

austerity

The current form of austerity was introduced by the Conservative-Liberal coalition government that came to power in 2010. The world was still recovering from the aftermath of the financial ‘crash’ of 2008; the most significant global economic downturn since the Great Depression (1929-39). It is effectively a campaign of budget cutting designed to reduce the UK’s (at the time) unsustainable

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UN Report Brands Austerity as “Ideological, Harsh & Uncaring” Part 1

Professor Philip Alston of the UN

Today saw the long awaited report from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston. Alston visited the UK last November and was highly critical in his initial findings. The full report is damning about the Conservative’s use of austerity. Due to the length and content of the report, I’m breaking it down into a

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Tim Farron Blames Jeremy Corbyn For Austerity – Selective Amnesia?

Tim Farron MP

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron seems to be suffering from a case of selective amnesia. Following the Lib Dem gains in the English Local Council Elections, Farron tweeted blaming Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for being the “enabler of crushing austerity”. Has he forgotten that when in government, his party thought a 5p bag charge was worth allowing

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