Parents ‘shelling out for free nursery scheme’
Jan18

Parents ‘shelling out for free nursery scheme’

. . . Many nurseries now charge for meals and snacks Parents are subsidising a new flagship “free” nursery scheme for three- and four-year-olds in England from their own pockets, a survey suggests. Nurseries are making up losses by upping fees for younger children and charging for meals and nappies, a survey of 1,662 providers suggests. The survey, by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, suggests only a third are delivering...

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Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze
Jan17

Sir Desmond Swayne ’embarrassed’ by Commons snooze

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Desmond Swayne listens to Ken Clarke’s EU Bill speech A Tory MP who appeared to fall asleep in the House of Commons has said he is embarrassed and “annoyed” with himself. Sir Desmond Swayne, who nodded off during a speech by colleague Ken Clarke, said the image of him with his head on his shoulder was “horrible”. In his defence, he said he had...

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Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work
Jan17

Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work

. . A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street. Tracey Crouch MP will take on the role and aim to “shine a light” on an issue affecting about nine million UK people. The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by Ms Cox, who was killed before the EU referendum by a man who shouted “Britain first” during the attack. A 2017 report said...

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Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours
Jan16

Carillion: Small firms’ support ends in 48 hours

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Carillion collapse: What does it mean? Firms working for failed construction giant Carillion on purely private sector deals will only have two days of government support, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has warned. Carillion spent £952m with local suppliers in 2016 and used an extensive network of small firms, who are now waiting to learn if they will be paid....

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Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone
Jan15

Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarry McElduff regrets ‘deep and unnecessary’ hurt The MP for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff, has resigned as a result of a controversy over a Twitter video. The Sinn Féin MP posted a video of himself in a shop with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head. It was published on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmills murders, in which 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by...

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Pressure on UKIP leader over girlfriend’s Meghan Markle’s texts
Jan14

Pressure on UKIP leader over girlfriend’s Meghan Markle’s texts

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHenry Bolton tells the BBC’s Daily Politics he did not want the publicity his relationship with a 25-year-old model attracted UKIP leader Henry Bolton is under pressure to resign after his girlfriend was suspended by the party for apparently making racist remarks about Meghan Markle. Jo Marney apologised in the Mail on Sunday for saying Prince Harry’s fiancee would...

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