EPA Plans New Climate Science Critique, Swapping Peer Review For Red Vs. Blue Politics

July 1, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has already its website dedicated to climate change, of scientific advisory board members, and to alter her congressional testimony to include more political talking points. Now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to launch a new initiative aimed at challenging the widely accepted conclusion that the climate is changing due to the influx of planet-warming gases caused by burning fossil fuels, industrial farming and large-scale deforestation. The…


Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn calls for a reversal of emergency services cuts Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end. Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a “test case” of MPs’ willingness to oppose further austerity…


Theresa May to present Brexit plans to EU leaders – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNot got long? Here’s the Queen’s Speech in 90 seconds UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to address EU leaders on her plans for the issue of expats’ rights after Brexit. Mrs May will head to Brussels for her first European summit since she lost her Commons majority in the general election. It comes the day after measures to enable Brexit dominated…


General election 2017: Why people voted the way they did – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Image copyright AFP Despite the apparent increases in turnout among young people, Ipsos Mori and YouGov both agreed that older people were still considerably more likely to vote. YouGov estimated the turnout among over 70s at 84%. Another dividing line: Education A university education looks like an indicator as to how someone might have voted on 8 June. “While the Conservatives’ support decreases the more educated a voter is, the…


Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 18, 2017

But a deal designed to “punish” the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show. Campaign criticism Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the campaign before the general election, and it was reported he faced being replaced. “It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I…


General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…


PM ‘must listen’ to other parties over Brexit says Cameron – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Speaking in Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs May said there was a “unity of purpose” to get on with the process, reiterating that she wanted to maintain a “close relationship” with the EU. What are the Brexit options? Gove says Brexit ‘consensus’ needed Reality Check: Has the election changed EU views of Brexit? She is currently trying to negotiate the terms of a deal with the Democratic…


Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly…


General election 2017: Labour win Gower and Cardiff North – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Missing out on Bridgend and Wrexham is a huge blow for the Conservatives who failed to take two of their key target seats – which Prime Minister Theresa May visited during campaigning. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNo rush on who to blame for Tory loss says Craig Williams, who lost his Cardiff North seat to Labour But the loss of the marginal seats of Gower and…


Election 2017: The area of Scotland where two votes are taking place – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Voters in one part of Scotland will be choosing their MSP as well as their MP on 8 June. Here’s all you need to know about the by-election in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk. Why two elections? Under previous boundaries, as Roxburgh and Berwickshire, it was won by Lib Dem Euan Robson in 1999 and 2003, with the Conservatives in second place each of those years. Mr Lamont then dethroned Mr…


Election 2017 debate: Parties clash on Brexit – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit clash in Welsh election debate Mr Millar, the Tory education spokesman and AM, said the 8 June vote was a clear choice between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Attacking the other party leaders, he said: “We can ill afford to have them taking our seat at the negotiating table. We need a prime minister who is up…


Election blind dates: Georgia Toffolo and Jack Monroe – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Jack Monroe Describe yourself: I’m Jack Monroe, aged 29, and I’m a food writer and political commentator. Background: I used to be a 999 call-handler. I got pregnant with my son, and when I went back to work I couldn’t work the shift patterns any more. I ended up in a shoddy personal situation – I didn’t eat for three days in a row to feed my child. I started…


General election 2017: Sturgeon to unveil SNP manifesto – BBC News

May 30, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said that “now is not the time” for a second referendum on independence. ‘Strong opposition’ And the Conservative manifesto promises there will be no referendum until the Brexit process has “played out” and unless there is “public consent” for one to be held – although it does not specify what that means. Speaking ahead of launching her party’s manifesto, Ms Sturgeon said the SNP…


Who is Leanne Wood? A profile of the Plaid Cymru leader – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Born in 1971 to parents Jeff and Avril, she and her sister Joanna were raised in the village of Penygraig. Image caption Described as very clever by school friends, Leanne Wood became interested in political issues around the time of the miners’ strike in 1984-85 She has recalled how her father was laid off from the builders’ yard where he worked, and talked about the experience of joining a separate…


Could Labour’s love be lost in Mansfield after 94 years? – BBC News

May 29, 2017

His long allegiance however changed when he backed UKIP in 2010. He voted for the party again two years ago, but now plans to back the Conservatives. “Brexit has absolutely been the biggest issue here, which is why I’m going [to vote] Tory – I think they think will sort out the hardest Brexit,” the 79-year-old said. “They would vote for a goat if it was Labour here before, but…


Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow much household debt do we owe? People in serious debt can expect more legal protection from bailiffs, charges and interest after pledges in the major parties’ manifestos. The Conservatives and Labour have vowed to extend a “breathing space” scheme used in Scotland to allow people time to organise repayments. Others, including the Lib Dems, want more regulation in the debt sector….


Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…


Election 2017: People turn to Google ahead of election – BBC News

May 18, 2017

The data reveals “who should I vote for” was more popular in Willesborough in Kent than anywhere else between 9 May and Tuesday. The area comes under the Ashford constituency, which was last won by the Conservatives in 2015. Second on the list is Chorley in Lancashire, which was last won by Labour. Election 2017: All you need to know What do new voters make of the election? The maps…


Labour manifesto: Corbyn to unveil ‘programme of hope’ – BBC News

May 17, 2017

Election campaign: latest updates Labour to ‘nationalise water industry’ Lib Dems promise cash for entrepreneurs A tale of two election campaigns At-a-glance: Labour’s draft manifesto Mr Corbyn will contrast his “programme of hope”, which he will maintain is fully costed, with what he will claim is Theresa May’s “fear” based campaign and her “tight-fisted, mean-spirited” party. “People want a country run for the many not the few,” he will say….


General election 2017: Lib Dems promise 100-a-week for entrepreneurs’ living costs – BBC News

May 16, 2017

The start-up allowance scheme, costing 146m over five years, will be one of a number of announcements aimed at differentiating the Lib Dems from Labour and the Conservatives. Election campaign: latest updates Lib Dems promise to end pay squeeze General election 2017: Policy pledge tracker Mr Farron will suggest that by pursuing a so-called “hard Brexit”, which is likely to see the UK leave the EU’s single market and customs…