Ministers ‘must act’ on modern slavery

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ministers must act “quickly and effectively” to ensure thousands of victims of modern slavery in the UK are protected, a report has said. A review of the Modern Slavery Act said laws must be strengthened and it makes 80 recommendations. Laws introduced in 2015 included tougher sentences and more help […]

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Poverty in the UK is ‘systematic’ and ‘tragic’, says UN special rapporteur

Image copyright Bassam KhawajaImage caption Prof Alston met people across the UK, including these Belfast residents The UK’s social safety net has been “deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos”, a report commissioned by the UN has said. Special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said “ideological” cuts to public services since […]

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British Steel should be nationalised, urges Labour

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn Scunthorpe, residents fear the town will “shut down” if British Steel collapses Labour has urged the government to nationalise British Steel in order to protect jobs and the steel industry. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the collapse of British Steel would have a “devastating impact” on […]

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Tory MPs launch rival campaign groups

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEsther McVey: Tories ‘have broken trust’ of Leave voters Two groups of Tory MPs are launching campaign groups aimed at shaping the future direction of their party. Former cabinet minister Esther McVey has launched Blue Collar Conservatism, aiming to target “working people”. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber […]

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