General election 2017: Lib Dems would end public sector pay squeeze

General election 2017: Lib Dems would end public sector pay squeeze

Image copyright ITN Image caption Tim Farron was addressing the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool Nurses and teachers could be £780 better off by 2021 as part of Lib Dem plans to help struggling workers. The party wants to abolish the pay cap on the public sector, which limits pay rises for staff […]

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood ‘took drugs as student’

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood ‘took drugs as student’

Media captionVan share: Plaid’s Leanne Wood sings and admits drug use Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has admitted she took drugs as a student. Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, Ms Wood also despaired of hot flushes caused by the menopause and spoke of sexism she had experienced. An independent Wales was a long-term project […]

The electoral register’s hidden benefits

The electoral register’s hidden benefits

If you’re planning to vote in the general election on 8 June you’ll need to get yourself on the electoral register. To be eligible to have your say you must be signed up by midnight on Monday 22 May. There are other “hidden” benefits to registering – it could help you get a loan or […]

General election 2017: Workers’ rights protections promised by Tories

General election 2017: Workers’ rights protections promised by Tories

Image copyright AFP/Getty Theresa May is promising what she says would be the biggest expansion of workers’ rights by any Conservative government, if the party retains power. Its manifesto will promise to keep all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by EU law, put worker representation on company boards and protect pensions from “irresponsible” bosses. Economic growth […]

General election 2017: Labour pledges £37bn for the NHS by 2022

General election 2017: Labour pledges £37bn for the NHS by 2022

Image copyright PA Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. The investment, including £10bn on upgrading IT systems and repairing buildings, would be funded by tax increases and capital borrowing. Jeremy Corbyn blamed the NHS cyber attack on “Tory cuts”, […]

General election 2017: Theresa May rules out votes at 16

General election 2017: Theresa May rules out votes at 16

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sixteen- and 17-year-olds took part in the Scottish referendum Theresa May has ruled out lowering the voting age at UK elections if the Conservatives win power on 8 June. Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and the Greens all back votes at 16 – only UKIP and the Tories are […]

Warwick councillor suspended over ‘racist’ Eurovision tweet

Warwick councillor suspended over ‘racist’ Eurovision tweet

Image copyright Google Image caption Nick Harrington has been suspended from the Conservatives on Warwick District Council A councillor has been suspended over a racist tweet sent from his account during the Eurovision Song Contest. The tweet, which appeared on the feed of Nick Harrington, who sits on Warwick District Council, contained offensive and racist […]

General election 2017: Tory housing plan ‘paid from existing budget’

General election 2017: Tory housing plan ‘paid from existing budget’

Image copyright PA The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election – and say it will be paid for out of existing budgets. They want to make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Defence Secretary […]

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Sturgeon says ‘we need to do better’ on education

Media captionPeople in Scotland shouldn’t have to “like it or lump it” with any Brexit deal, says Nicola Sturgeon The curriculum followed by Scotland’s schools needs to focus more on literacy and numeracy, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Scottish first minister admitted “we need to do better” after figures […]

General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

Image copyright PA The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election. They say they would make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Their plans involve offering “fixed term” council houses to be sold off after […]