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Foreign Office urges Britons to flee Ethiopia as civil war nears capital

The Foreign Office has issued a statement this afternoon instructing all British citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country as soon as possible. It is thought that commercial flights could soon cease as rebel forces near the capital of Addis Ababa. Vicky Ford, the Africa minister, said: “The conflict in Ethiopia is deteriorating quickly. In…

Report says compensation failures have compounded injustices of Windrush scandal

Four years after the Windrush scandal first emerged, the Home Affairs Select Committee has found that the vast majority of people who applied for compensation have yet to receive a penny. The report published today concludes that instead of providing a remedy, for many people the Windrush Compensation Scheme has actually compounded the injustices faced…

NATO-US relationship ‘very worrying’ – Rory Stewart

Former Conservative MP Rory Stewart says NATO’s inability to act independently from U.S. foreign policy is “very worrying”. Giving evidence to the foreign affairs committee on the UK’s foreign policy in Afghanistan, Stewart was asked by the chair Tom Tugendhat what the UK should have done differently. The former international development secretary argued the UK…

MPs back controversial social care reforms

MPs have passed a controversial amendment to the health and care bill that will change the way the social care cap is calculated. The government has been criticised by a number of its own MPs in recent days over plans to change the calculation of the social care cap. The new proposals would see those…

Patel defends government response to migrant Channel crossings

The home secretary Priti Patel has batted away suggestions her department is failing to deal with increases in migrant Channel crossings, accusing Labour of “standing up for unlimited migration”.Responding to an urgent question on the government’s handling of the migrant Channel crossings by small boats, the home secretary claimed: “The only solution to this problem is…

Prostitution: The oldest profession or an oppressive trade?

Prostitution has been a part of our society for centuries, but the women who engage in it are often overlooked. Whilst there are many reasons women become sex workers, the majority are forced into it by poverty, seeing it as last resort to earn money. At the moment in Britain, prostitution itself is not illegal…

Should MPs have second jobs?

Sleaze and cronyism has dominated the frontpages recently as a spotlight has been swung onto MPs’ second jobs. Notably Geoffrey Cox was paid as much as £6 million for work outside of parliament, leading to the government announcing a crackdown on outside work. But do the public think MPs should be allowed second jobs? Our…

Should MPs have second jobs?

Sleaze and cronyism has dominated the frontpages recently as a spotlight has been swung onto MPs’ second jobs. Notably Geoffrey Cox was paid as much as £6 million for work outside of parliament, leading to the government announcing a crackdown on outside work. But do the public think MPs should be allowed second jobs? Our…

‘He’s completely sold us out’ – Commons anger over scrapped HS2 plans

Grant Shapps faced discontent in the Commons over the government’s plans to scrap the eastern leg of HS2 between Leeds and the East Midlands. Announcing £96 billion of new funding, the transport secretary said: “The HS2 track would not have reached the East Midlands and the North until the early 2040s.” Clearly, a rethink was…

Shapps says scrapping eastern HS2 leg will help North ‘rival London & South East’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has officially confirmed that the eastern leg of HS2 planned between Leeds and the East Midlands, will be scrapped. He said the original plans “clearly needed a rethink”, having initially forecasted to have reached the East Midlands and North by the 2040s, and would not have served the East Midlands’ main…

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