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…


Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Social services departments have become increasingly involved in identifying Prevent cases because of their duty to counter radicalisation. About 7,500 referrals were made to the scheme in 2015-16 – the equivalent of 20 a day – according to a Freedom of Information Request to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Out of those referrals, action was taken in one in every 10 cases. No action at all was taken in…


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…


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…