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Education secretary says Iraq has ‘gone backwards’ since British Empire

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has been questioned by the education select committee over his department’s work. He was quizzed over “how” he thought “contentious” topics such as historic slavery in the British Empire “should that be taught in a balanced way”, as he has previously suggested.  Zahawisaid that “We should learn everything about the abhorrent…

Rayner questions Raab over Lebedev peerage

Angela Rayner and Dominic Raab faced off in Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, with the Labour deputy leader leading on security concerns around Lord Lebedev’s peerage. Rayner pressed the deputy prime minister over reports that British security forces warned against awarding Evgeny Lebedev a seat in the House of Lords. Raab stated Lord Lebedev’s peerage…

Health benefits: ‘Disability assessment process needs changing’

The health assessment system for awarding benefits doesn’t “capture the needs” of disabled people, according to an expert in the sector. Tracey Lazard, CEO at Inclusion London, told the work and pensions committee that “neither PIP or WCA actually accurately understand or capture the needs and the barriers that disabled people experience.” Lazard added: “It’s…

Oil prices: ‘Demand won’t drop until $160 a barrel’

Oil demand will not fall until prices reach a staggering $160 a barrel, according to an expert in the sector. Dr Amrita Sen, director of research at Energy Aspects, says despite record fuel prices, the cost of oil is “inelastic” and would need to skyrocket to affect demand. Dr Sen was giving evidence to a…

Ukrainian ambassador criticises UK refugee process

Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, has criticised the UK’s process for visa applications, claiming his own wife struggled to get a visa. Prystaiko said that despite being ambassador, the “bureaucratic hassles” of going through the UK visa application process meant even his wife couldn’t initially get a visa. The Ukrainian ambassador made the…

‘I felt pressure to look a certain way’

The lead guitarist of the Vamps says the pressure to conform to body stereotypes has had a lasting detrimental impact on his mental health. James Brittain-McVey revealed the pressures of trying to looking a certain way began to take over his life as a teenager. “The first thoughts I’d have when I would wake up…

MP urges colleagues to ‘lead from the front’ for a more respectful debate on gender rights

MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Elliot Colburn, told MPs that the issue with becoming involved in the debate on gender rights is that it is polarised to the point that “you are left with two options”.  Colburn explained that while this “toxic” debate plays out, trans people are stuck “in the middle of all of…

Minister on Storm Eunice: Government ‘working night and day’ to get people reconnected

Minister for business, energy and Industrial strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, made a statement to the House of Commons, regarding Storm Eunice. He told the House that Eunice brought “the highest speeds of wind ever recorded in England” and that the impact has been four people “tragically losing their lives” while 2% of those with power outages…

Defence minister: Putin still committed to an invasion

Defence minister, Ben Wallace, gave an update to the House on the situation in Ukraine. Wallace told the House that he feared Putin was “still committed to an invasion”, which could lead to a humanitarian crisis, “not just for Ukrainians but also the Russian people”. The minister told MPs that the UK has “not just…

Defence Minister: We need the US ‘more than ever’

As concerns of a Russian invasion of Ukraine increase, the Defence Minister, Ben Wallace, faced questions in the House of Commons. The shadow defence minister, John Healey said that Labour “welcomed” the doubling of UK troops in Estonia, but raised concerns that this was simply a case of “rotation” rather than “reinforcement”.  Wallace admitted that…

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