Rail strikes, new technology and the Labour party’s woes over anti-Semitism will soon be making headlines. Chris Burn looks at the week ahead.
With Jeremy Corbyn’s record on dealing with anti-Semitism under intense scrutiny, there is likely to be considerable focus on the Jewish Labour Movement conference in London on Sunday,
Among those scheduled to speak is veteran MP Margaret Hodge, who recently had a party investigation into her dropped after she angrily confronted Mr Corbyn about the issue. She will be in conversation with Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland at the event, with other MPs scheduled to attend including Luciana Berger, Ruth Smeeth and Wes Streeting, as well as Momentum founder Jon Lansman.
A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “It’s been another difficult year as Jewish members of the Labour Party, and we hope this conference will take stock of the last year with our friends, provide a space to be inspired, but also set down the challenges as we look forward to Party Conference season.”
Rail passengers in the North of England are already unfortunate enough to be well-versed in service delays and cancellations so to some extent will be prepared for what is to come at the weekend as an Arriva Rail strike occurs.
Members of the RMT union who work for Arriva Rail North are to stage a 24-hour strike on Saturday as part of the long-running dispute about planned cutbacks to the use of guards on trains.
Further strike action is planned on Saturdays throughout September on Northern services and is expected to have an impact on thousands of travellers.
We’ve all had the phone calls and letters, even if we haven’t been victims, but for those people who were mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance time is starting to run out to get compensation.
On Wednesday, there will just be 12 months left until the deadline for making claims expires. With the cut-off falling on August 29, 2019, expect plenty of coverage of the issue this week. PPI was usually sold with products that you need to make repayments on, like a loan, credit card or mortgage and it is believed more than 64 million such policies were sold in the UK, mostly between 1990 and 2010.
More than £29bn has already been paid back to people who have complained about being handed unnecessary policies by the banks involved.
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Today sees the return of the colour and celebration of the Notting Hill Carnival with thousands expecting to pack the streets of the capital.
The long-running annual carnival, which first took place in 1966, covers a three and half mile route around west London, taking in Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Road. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and the festivities continue at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.
Fans of modern gadgets will be glued to events in Berlin, where the IFA technology trade show – the world’s leading exhibition for consumer electronics and home appliances – will get under way this week.
The event will include new gadget announcements from some of the world’s biggest companies, including Sony, Samsung and Huawei.
Somewhat incongruously, the schedule of events at the conference includes a live performance in the exhibition grounds by James Blunt, who will be performing songs from his current album The Afterlove to technology aficionados on Sunday. The former soldier is no stranger to Germany - he spent 10 years in the country as a boy.