Nicola Sturgeon should face MSPs over drug deaths say opposition leaders A Government statement on the latest shocking drug deaths statistics is to be made in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow. Opposition parties called on the First Minister to come before Holyrood after the statistics for 2020 showed a record 1339 people died, 291 of them in Glasgow.
Labour narrowing the poll gap with the Conservatives has got to be good news for Keir Starmer, right? Wrong, actually. Let me tell you why it isn’t and why the recent tightening of the polls should leave us more convinced than ever that the Conservatives are on course for a comfortable victory at the next general election.
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of breaking promises over draft proposals for indyref2. A leaked agenda for the SNP’s conference next month shows the party is planning to pass motions that would ramp up plans for a second vote on Scottish independence. A separate motion also states that legislation for a new referendum should be introduced at Holyrood "at the earliest moment" after a "clear end" to the pandemic.
Tory rebels force Boris Johnson into climbdown on planning: Reforms could be watered down amid fears almost 100 Government MPs could vote against them
Boris Johnson has championed changes to enable 300,000 homes built yearly But the plans have sparked a ferocious backlash among Conservatives Theresa May warned they will create 'the wrong homes in the wrong places' Controversial planning reforms may be watered down by the Government after whips warned that almost 100 Tory MPs could rebel and vote against them.
Unsurprisingly, the figure has risen over the last year More than £1.3billion has been spent on agency staff in Welsh health boards over the last five years, FOI data has revealed. In total £836.8million has been used on medical agency staff and nursing, midwifery and nursing assistants by Wales' seven health boards over a period stretching from 2016 to 2021.
Crime waive ISN’T it bizarre that in Britain 2021, the CCTV capital of the world, it should be so hard to get enough evidence to charge burglars and thugs? In a society where no occurrence is too trivial to be recorded on smartphone, conviction rates should be soaring.
Conservatives face questions after report that party co-chair created a club for most generous donors The Conservatives must publish the names of all ministers who secretly met an elite group of party donors, Labour has said. The party is facing questions over the conduct of the party’s co-chair, Ben Elliot, the nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall, after the Financial Times reported that he had created a club for some of the party’s most generous donors, some of whom gave £250,000 a year or more.
The prime minister’s opinion-poll ratings have taken a turn for the worse. John Rentoul takes a closer look Sunday 01 August 2021 21:30 Something is happening to public opinion. Labour is closing the gap on the Conservatives, and the prime minister’s ratings have dropped even more sharply.
Move would save billions by linking rise to inflation instead of wage growth, but risks provoking the ire of pensioner groups Rishi Sunak is considering a temporary suspension of the Conservatives’ "triple lock" election manifesto commitment on state pensions that would save billions by linking this year’s rise to inflation instead.
Government needs to think again about idea of putting up NI for working people to protect inheritance pots The Government is currently in a real tiswas about how to fund social care. Before the last election, Boris Johnson was adamant that he was going to sort this out.
Boris Johnson is coming under increasing pressure not to introduce vaccine passports amid demands to recall MPs to discuss the proposal. The Prime Minister faces a backlash from his own party over the ‘threat’ of a domestic document. Some 43 Conservatives have publicly backed a declaration against vaccine passports amid warnings of an ‘embarrassing defeat’ for the Government if it puts the move to a vote.
Both Labour and the Conservatives have called on the First Minister to make a statement on the drugs crisis when she updates Holyrood on covid rules on Tuesday. Nicola Sturgeon is facing calls to lay out plans for immediate action on Scotland’s drugs crisis. Labour and the Conservatives have called on the First Minister to make a ministerial statement on what she will do to stem the rising number of drugs-related deaths after she gives parliament a Covid update on Tuesday.
If the Conservatives want to win the hearts and minds of the under-25s they’d do better by incentivising vaccination Sun 1 Aug 2021 07.09 EDT Last modified on Sun 1 Aug 2021 12.48 EDT The Conservative party has a problem with young people. In the last general election fewer than one in six of the under-25s voted for Boris Johnson, and it is unlikely that the pandemic has improved matters.
Erin O’Toole approaches an election with a party so fractured that some Conservatives want him to lose
OTTAWA—The poles holding up the federal Conservatives’ big blue tent are wobbling, raising questions about whether the huff and puff of the next election could just blow it down. Multiple party sources tell the Star that discussions within their ranks these days bring to mind the early 2000s and a fractured right that rendered conservatives incapable of taking down the governing Liberals.
Government spending on grassroots sport almost halved under Conservatives Conservative governments have left the sporting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games “in tatters” by slashing grassroots funding by nearly half since coming to power, Labour has claimed. As Boris Johnson congratulated Team GB for a slew of medals at this year’s Tokyo Games, Labour released research showing a 47 per cent cut in government support for sports and recreational facilities.
Labour says 47% less spent on grassroots facilities, wasting chance to build on success of 2012 London Olympics Labour has accused the Conservatives of squandering the London 2012 Olympic legacy by slashing grassroots sport funding by nearly half since coming to power. The party said that during the final year when Labour was in government, it spent more than £1bn on sport and recreation facilities during the financial year ending in 2010.
Businessmen warn of dire consequences if Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak raise taxes at the Budget to pay Covid bill and fund social care Businessmen who have donated millions of pounds to the Conservatives are urging Boris Johnson not to increase taxes this autumn, warning it would “choke off a recovery when we need it most”.
The shock survey follows the party’s humiliating defeat in last month’s Chesham and Amersham by-election - which a polling chief said was “no isolated incident” Boris Johnson risks losing several seats in Tory "blue wall" heartlands, a new poll suggests. Constituencies under threat include Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ’s seat in Esher and Walton.
TODAY (July 31), Make Votes Matter (MVM) will be campaigning for electoral reform on Taunton High Street from 11am to 2pm. This event is part of a Summer Day of Action for PR (proportional representation) across the UK. Our parliament, elected under First Past the Post within individual seat boundaries, does not reflect how people actually voted.