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TUC: Labour’s John McDonnell pledges ‘gig economy’ rights boost

TUC: Labour’s John McDonnell pledges ‘gig economy’ rights boost

Image copyright Getty Images Labour would extend workers’ rights and “restore the balance of power in the workplace”, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He promised more rights for people working in the so-called gig economy. In a speech to the Trades Union Congress in Manchester, Mr McDonnell said a “new workplace environment” would boost […]

Brexit: Jaguar boss issues stark warning for jobs and profits

Brexit: Jaguar boss issues stark warning for jobs and profits

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of the UK’s biggest carmaker has warned the government to get “the right Brexit” or it could wipe out his firm’s profits and end in big job cuts. Jaguar Land Rover’s Ralf Speth called the prospect of a cliff-edge break with the European Union as “horrifying”. He was speaking […]

Boris Johnson backs ‘nothing to fear’ Brexit research

Boris Johnson backs ‘nothing to fear’ Brexit research

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson was among leading Tory MPs present to endorse the launch of the report Boris Johnson and other leading Tory Brexiteers have endorsed new research making the economic case for leaving the EU without an agreement on trade. The Economists For Free Trade report said the UK had […]

Labour pledges ‘gig economy’ rights boost

Labour pledges ‘gig economy’ rights boost

Image copyright Reuters Labour would extend workers’ rights and “restore the balance of power in the workplace”, shadow chancellor John McDonnell is to pledge. He will promise more rights for people working in the so-called gig economy. In his speech to the Trades Union Congress in Manchester, Mr McDonnell will say a “new workplace environment” […]

UK unemployment falls 55,000

UK unemployment falls 55,000

UK unemployment fell by 55,000 in the three months to July to 1.36 million, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. Wages, excluding bonuses, grew by a faster-than-expected 2.9% compared with a year ago. Including bonuses, total pay growth picked up to 2.6% from 2.4%. Employment remained “robust,” the ONS said. UK […]

Boundary changes: Final proposals to be published

Boundary changes: Final proposals to be published

Image copyright Getty Images Final recommendations for new parliamentary boundaries that could see the number of MPs cut from 650 to 600 will be published later. The Boundary Commission for England submitted its proposals to the government, but they must now be presented to Parliament. The commission said it was “confident” in its new map, […]

Brexit: TUC issues new EU referendum warning to May

Brexit: TUC issues new EU referendum warning to May

Media captionTUC boss Frances O’Grady: Union will back “popular vote” on Brexit deal if it fails working people The Trades Union Congress has warned Theresa May it is poised to throw its “full weight” behind calls for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. TUC leader Frances O’Grady said that unless the government struck “the […]

PSNI chief warning over post Brexit threat

PSNI chief warning over post Brexit threat

Image caption Chief Constable George Hamilton issued a similar warning before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in June The PSNI Chief Constable has accused some Westminster politicians of failing to understand the dangers of terrorism in Northern Ireland post Brexit. In an interview in the Sunday Times, George Hamilton warns that the government is failing […]

Vince Cable could stand down as Lib Dem leader next year

Vince Cable could stand down as Lib Dem leader next year

Media captionThe Vince Cable story Sir Vince Cable could stand down as Lib Dem leader as soon as next year – and wants the contest to replace him to be opened up to non-party members. In a speech later, he will set out plans to transform the party into a “movement for moderates”. Party sources […]

Councils under the most financial strain

Councils under the most financial strain

Image copyright Getty Images Away from the permutations of Brexit negotiations, ongoing leadership jostling and racism rows a less discussed debate continues a lot closer to home: the future of local government finances. As English councils strive to balance their yearly budgets, keep reserves stocked and plan future savings any service that can be cut […]