DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit. A white paper from 2010, which set out the government’s plans for the new programme, suggested … Continue reading DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

38 Degrees planning to compile a damning report that will be “impossible for Jeremy Hunt to ignore” about state of the NHS

The expert research needed for this report has already kicked off. And if enough of us chip in, we can make sure they scour every area in England. When it’s finished, here’s what we can do together: Get the damning report in front … Continue reading 38 Degrees planning to compile a damning report that will be “impossible for Jeremy Hunt to ignore” about state of the NHS

The government refuses to publish data showing the impact of the badger cull on local ecosystems

Conservationists have warned that eliminating badgers from certain areas is “likely to trigger an increase in other predators, such as foxes, leading to serious consequences for species and habitats”. The government is refusing to publish data showing the impact of … Continue reading The government refuses to publish data showing the impact of the badger cull on local ecosystems

LBC radio presenter James O’Brien asks Tory MP Theresa Villiers same question over and over for six minutes

James O’Brien was forced to ask the same question to Theresa Villiers over and over for six minutes, as she would not answer the question he was asking. He wanted to know how the government could ensure impartiality – a … Continue reading LBC radio presenter James O’Brien asks Tory MP Theresa Villiers same question over and over for six minutes

A review into the funding of extremism and radicalisation reported in 2016 still not made public

Caroline Lucas of the Green Party has written to the Home Office asking whether the Department’s report on foreign funding of extremism and radicalisation in the UK would be made public. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Prime Minister Theresa … Continue reading A review into the funding of extremism and radicalisation reported in 2016 still not made public

“Bumbling Boris” dodges Caroline Lucas’s question about arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Caroline Lucas, co-Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavillion, proudly tweeted that “bumbling Boris” was “a little defensive” after she asked him whether he is proud that the UK sells weapons to Saudi Arabia. Johnson replied instead … Continue reading “Bumbling Boris” dodges Caroline Lucas’s question about arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Priti Patel refuses to say whether she would run for Tory leadership

Though Priti Patel wouldn’t agree that Theresa May won’t be leader at the next election, she wouldn’t answer a question about whether or not she would run for leadership if the current prime minister was forced to resign. During an … Continue reading Priti Patel refuses to say whether she would run for Tory leadership

Boris Johnson “blunders” his way through “painful” interview with Eddie Mair

Boris Johnson, on a Radio 4 interview with Eddie Mair, “faced embarrassment … through a probing that had echoes of the Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott interview fails”, the Huffpost says. He didn’t know how to answer a question about … Continue reading Boris Johnson “blunders” his way through “painful” interview with Eddie Mair