Policy & Politics

The DUP has been accused of holding Northern Ireland to ransom over its demands for major reform of the Northern Ireland protocol. Boris Johnson’s attempt to get the power-sharing executive at Stormont up and running ended in failure after talks in Belfast today (Monday) with the DUP demanding “action” instead of “words”. Sinn Féin  has accused Johnson of complicity with the...

Queen’s speech shows government’s ‘time has passed,’ says Starmer

The Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s legislative programme, has been attacked by Labour for lacking any strategy, detail or ideas to deal with the cost of living crisis. While Boris Johnson effused about the need for legislation to “level-up” and...

Local elections 2022 – first Johnson vs Starmer head-to-head

As voters head to the polls to cast their ballot in the local elections, the Prime Minister and opposition leader will be pitched against each other for the first...

Rwanda to take UK asylum seekers announces PM, who faces 3 more fines

Asylum seekers to the UK will be given a one-way ticket to Rwanda, Boris Johnson has announced amid fresh reports the prime minister will receive more fines for lockdown...

Energy Security Strategy ignores ‘silver bullet’ and offers households no help now

The government’s long awaited Energy Security Strategy for the UK has finally been published – and immediately condemned for ignoring energy efficiencies and offering no help to deal with...

Govt has time to privatise Channel 4 but not for Employment Bill

Boris Johnson’s government does not have time to include an Employment Bill in the Queen’s Speech – even after the recent mass sackings by P&O Ferries. It means legislation to protect the rights of the...

Shapps says ‘no’ to Labour’s call for fuel rationing plan

Labour has called for the government to take contingency measures in case fuel rationing is needed in the UK as Russia’s war in Ukraine deepens. Shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds said “there’s a lot of...

Protests against energy price hike while climate activists block oil terminals

Protests around the country have seen thousands march against record energy price rises while climate change activists target the country’s fossil fuel infrastructure. Protestors in Cardiff and Birmingham joined those in central London, marching on...

April Fools? MPs £2,200 pay rise on day of energy hikes and tax rises

On the same day that energy bills are hiked 54% and council tax and national insurance contributions rise, MPs have been given a £2,212 pay rise. It takes their basic pay to £84,144, which doesn’t...

Sunak stalls PM’s energy security strategy with cabinet split over plan

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has stalled the prime minister’s already delayed energy security strategy. It is nearly three weeks since Boris Johnson pledged the government’s energy plan will be published “in the next...