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A cold Christmas: Quarter of a million children to go hungry this winter

A quarter of a million children will go hungry this Christmas. That is just one of the headlines from the Childhood Trust’s ‘Cold, Hungry and Stressed’ report, outlining the shocking levels of poverty families across London have been plunged into ahead of the festive season. Laurence Guinness, chief executive of The Childhood Trust, outlined some…

Conservative MP links male violence to women playing male roles in films

Nick Fletcher, the Conservative MP for Don Valley, has linked an increase in male violence to women being given acting roles previously only played by men, such as Dr Who, during a debate on International Men’s Day.   Speaking in Westminster Hall, Fletcher said: “Every male character or good role model must have a female…

Patel delivers statement on migrant crossing deaths

Following the deaths of over 20 migrants crossing the channel yesterday, home secretary Priti Patel told the Commons that “yesterday was a moment that many of us had feared for many years.” Patel reiterated her belief that harsher border control was needed, saying: “More than 20,000 have been stopped this year… We have dismantled 17…

No ‘quick fix’ to Channel crisis, says home secretary

The home secretary has told MPs that she has reiterated the British government’s offer to kickstart joint patrols in French waters in order to prevent the crossing of small boats. In a statement his afternoon, Priti Patel told MPs that she has spoken with the French interior minister Gérald Darmanin in order to approach a…

Government backs independent regulator to ‘fix’ football

A minister from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today told parliament that “football requires a strong independent regulator … I and the government endorse [this] in principle today”. Nigel Huddleston, parliamentary under-secretary for DCMS, said: “That is what the fans want, and this government is on the side of fans.” Labour supported…

Is Britain a racist country?

Last week’s testimony from Cricketer Azeem Rafiq on the institutional culture of racism in cricket sent shockwaves throughout the country. As questions turned to whether the failings seen in Yorkshire were indicative of wider society, Rafiq himself had to apologise for posting historic anti-semitic messages online. Politics.co.uk went out to ask the public: Is Britain a…

Foreign office launches ‘transparent’ development fund to counter China

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will today launch a revamped British development finance institution that will invest billions in infrastructure and technology in low and middle income countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The government says the new British International Investment (BII), will be a key part of its wider plans to mobilise up to…

Nationality & Borders Bill ‘harmful & discriminatory’ towards women, claim charities

Today, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, leading barristers and over 40 women’s charities have condemned the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill (the Bill) as “harmful and discriminatory” to women who have survived sexual and gender-based violence. The legal opinion of Stephanie Harrison QC and barristers Ubah Dirie, Emma Fitzsimons…

Boris sees some familar faces at Peppa Pig World

  In light of the recent controversies at Westminster, notably around the level of earnings from some MPs second jobs, and the accusations of sleaze against the former MP Owen Patterson, we saw the irony in the Prime Minister deciding to take a visit to Peppa Pig world. The post Boris sees some familar faces…

‘A huge imbalance of power’ – MPs hear evidence on conversion therapy

Arguments for and against LGBT conversion therapy were heard by the women and equalities parliamentary committee today. Dr Sheikh Ramzy, director of the Oxford International Islamic Information Centre, quoted someone who had asked for conversion therapy, and said: “He prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed to God. “He finished and he got married and…

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