SHADOW Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has committed Labour to targeting full employment if it wins the next General Election and suggested councils should take the leading role in getting the jobless back into work.
A SEEMINGLY “safe” Labour seat on Rotherham Council has been taken by Ukip in a byelection, in what is the first time the party has won a seat from Labour.6 comments
The Government is to investigate whether it overpaid two major private firms for contracts to electronically tag criminals, the Justice Secretary has announced.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans for same-sex marriage have unnecessarily upset “vast numbers of people”, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.
PLANS to cull the number of firefighters who turn out to emergency calls in Hull have resurfaced in the latest round of cuts.
The use of dead children’s identities by Scotland Yard undercover police officers was “common practice”, a chief constable investigating the matter has found.
The Tourism Minister has ruled out any prospect of a VAT cut for the hospitality industry, revealing the Treasury is “unconvinced” of the case for lowering taxes in line with Europe.
UKIP surged on in the latest council by-elections, storming a previously rock-solid Labour stronghold at Rawmarsh in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.1 comment
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has likened parts of the Scottish nationalism campaign to fascism after being rescued by police when he was mobbed by rowdy protesters shouting “racist Nazi scum”.
Google was branded devious, calculating and unethical as furious MPs stepped up pressure on the internet giant over its efforts to shelter its multi-billion profits from UK taxes.
The Conservative Party’s youngest MP will push forward with plans to enshrine an EU referendum in law after David Cameron pledged to back his private Bill with a three-line whip.4 comments
COUNCIL tax payers in West Yorkshire could be asked to pay an extra precept on their bills to support a £1bn transport fund that its supporters say will help grow the area’s economy.
A TWEET by Commons Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow pointed “the finger of blame” at Tory peer Lord McAlpine during a media frenzy over allegations of child sex abuse, a judge has heard.
THE High Court has been asked to declare that the Government’s so-called bedroom tax unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing.
Sir Mervyn King has given his most upbeat signal yet over the UK’s recovery from the financial crisis during his last economic forecast as Bank of England governor yesterday.
Official figures showing a rise in unemployment and a tightening pay squeeze on households cast a cloud over the UK’s economic recovery hopes.
A Ukip county councillor could be removed from the party after admitting to sharing offensive material about Muslims on his Facebook page.
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans for anyone found guilty of murdering a police officer to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A compromise deal to shake up Europe’s controversial fisheries policy was hailed yesterday as bringing real benefits for British fishermen – if it wins approval from MEPs.
A PEER has resigned from the Labour Party days before he was due to face a hearing over allegations that he made anti-Semitic comments in a television interview.
British troops are to serve longer tours of duty in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced.
Household incomes in the UK fell behind those of Australia and France during the financial downturn as the country tumbled down the rankings of major economies.
The National Audit Office has criticised the BBC for failing to document fully the relocation allowances for staff moving to Salford.
Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has warned against singling out disgraced Yorkshire bankers Sir James Crosby and Andy Hornby for blame over the collapse of HBOS amidst the ongoing “hue and cry” over the financial crash.
First-time buyer numbers surged by a fifth in March amid signs that people are finding it easier to get on the property ladder with a small deposit, lenders reported today.
Rising unemployment, shrinking profits and plummeting confidence in countryside businesses means the rural economy is on the brink of a further recession, fresh data finds.
THE ex-wife of former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne walked out of prison and announced plans to use her experience behind bars as the inspiration for a book.
David Cameron yesterday received a welcome boost in his battle with Tory rebels over Europe, as US President Barack Obama backed his strategy of seeking a renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU before holding a referendum on withdrawal.
British Gas owner Centrica said it had made so much money from hard-pressed householders during the prolonged freeze at the start of the year that it was putting a lid on further price rises for the time being.
Taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is facing shareholder discontent at its annual meeting today over £607m of staff bonuses during a year when it lost £5.2bn.
AIRPORT bosses in Yorkshire yesterday said they were pleased MPs had recognised the need to reduce or remove passenger taxes on services operated from regional aviation hubs.
A REGISTRATION scheme could help councils combat rogue landlords, MPs were told yesterday.
A YORKSHIRE MP who needed surgery after being seriously injured during a skiing holiday will return to Parliament today.
New rules making banks hold more cash in reserve risk stifling the recovery unless they are phased in gradually, the CBI has warned.
A taxpayer-funded loans scheme to help young entrepreneurs get business ideas off the ground is to be extended to the over-30s, the Government said.
Unions backed demands for a £30bn injection of taxpayers’ cash into house building and other infrastructure projects, with research showing it could benefit the economy in the long run as well as kick-starting short-term growth.
THE Government said it was “looking at options” regarding UK Coal’s future after reports suggested that ministers were asking a taxpayer-funded body to it bail out.
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove has rubbished claims his party is in turmoil over Europe as it faces the prospect of a Commons rebellion on the subject this week.
WAKEFIELD Council leader Peter Box has told a Labour colleague to check his facts in a clash over his appearance before a committee of MPs.
EFFORTS to “nurture” economic revival were discussed by G7 finance ministers at the start of their UK talks, as Chancellor George Osborne said signs of improvement “cannot be taken for granted”.
Workers automatically enrolled into pensions schemes will not see their savings raided to cover advice received by employers under a Government crackdown on rip-off charges.
David Cameron has said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin share “fundamental aims” in seeking an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
UK withdrawal from the European Union would not be as “cataclysmic” for British jobs as supporters of membership claim, London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed yesterday.
A DEBT-ridden Yorkshire hospital that plans to cut 750 jobs is shelling out £25,000 a month, plus expenses, on an American IT expert.
RADICAL cleric Abu Qatada has pledged to finally leave Britain as soon as a new treaty offering guarantees that torture evidence will not be used against him becomes law, an immigration tribunal heard today.
Two Yorkshire MPs have been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds in profits on their taxpayer-funded second homes by the Parliamentary watchdog.
Lloyds Banking Group is under attack for cutting hundreds more jobs and closing a large office.
The Bank of England held back from injecting more emergency cash into the economy amid further encouraging signs after Britain avoided a triple-dip recession.
Michael Gove yesterday launched a scathing attack on the “infantilisation” of history teaching which is encouraging youngsters to study historical figures through Disney and Mr Men stories.
A YORKSHIRE MP and former Shadow Home Secretary has warned that plans to restrict immigrants’ access to the NHS could have “barbaric” implications on hospital wards.
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