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Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities would be prevented from going bust under new plans unveiled by Labour to protect higher education and students from "rampant" market forces.The plans to overhaul regulator the Office for Students reflect fears about some universities' viability.Under Labour, the OfS would get an explicit objective of avoiding "disorderly failure" at universities, and be able to provide emergency loans.The government said the OfS already had strong
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Labour: 673 anti-Semitism complaints in 10 months

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour members have been protesting against anti-Semitism in the party The Labour Party has received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members. A letter from the party's general secretary, Jennie Formby, revealed the figures after she was pushed by MPs for specific details. She said 96 members were immediately suspended from the party for their conduct between April
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Labour MPs urge more action against anti-Semitism

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby gave MPs a "comprehensive update", the party said Labour MPs have unanimously passed a motion urging the party leadership to do more to tackle anti-Semitism. At a parliamentary party meeting, MPs called for more information about inquiries into those who had been accused of anti-Semitic behaviour.MPs accused general secretary Jennie Formby of refusing to give answers. But a
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Newspaper headlines: ‘May woos Labour MPs with cash’

[ad_1] Image caption The prime minister is planning to "entice" Labour MPs to back her Brexit deal by offering cash to their constituencies, reports the Times. The paper says Theresa May could provide "a cash injection into deprived areas that supported Leave, including former mining communities". Image caption Sticking with Brexit, the i sees reason for optimism for Mrs May, suggesting "cracks" are appearing in EU ranks. The paper says
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Labour shortages and slowing sales put squeeze on UK firms

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Finding workers with the right skills is becoming increasingly difficult, according to the British Chambers of Commerce UK firms are being squeezed by labour shortages, rising prices and a slowdown in sales.More companies than ever before are finding it hard to recruit staff according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).It warned that higher costs meant more manufacturers were expecting to raise prices.The
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Labour MP sorry for backing musician accused of anti-Semitism

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Labour MP Chris Williamson has apologised for tweeting in support of a jazz musician his own party called a "vile anti-Semite".Islington Council had banned saxophonist Gilad Atzmon from playing with Ian Dury's old band the Blockheads at the Islington Assembly Hall.The council said Mr Atzmon's appearance "might harm" relationships with the London borough's religious communities.The MP had posted a link to a petition calling for him
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Ivan Lewis MP quits Labour Party membership

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Ivan Lewis MP has resigned his Labour Party membership, a year after he was suspended over sexual harassment claims.Mr Lewis, who sits as an independent, quit with an attack on Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the anti-Semitism row.He has also claimed there had been an "unnecessary and politically motivated delay" in dealing with his case.Labour said it took sexual harassment investigations seriously and the process was
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Brexit: Labour gets behind bid to stop ‘no-deal’

[ad_1] Image caption Hilary Benn tabled the amendment attempting to block a "no deal" scenario Labour are backing a cross-party bid to ensure the UK cannot leave the EU without a deal.Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the amendment to 11 December's Commons vote on the PM's Brexit deal had his "full support".If MPs back the amendment it will not be binding but Theresa May would find it difficult
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Ian Austin: No action against Labour MP over anti-Semitism policy row

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ian Austin was reportedly involved in a heated exchange with the party's chairman over the issue Labour will not be taking disciplinary action against an MP involved in a row over how it is tackling anti-Semitism.Ian Austin, the MP for Dudley North, faced possible suspension following an argument with chairman Ian Lavery in which he called the party's code of conduct on anti-Semitism a
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How many Labour MPs will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson said the first rule of politics is being able to count. And looking at the numbers in the Commons Theresa May must wonder how on earth she can get a Brexit deal through Parliament, even if she breaks the impasse in Brussels. As it stands, Tory Brexiteers say they have dozens of MPs ready to vote against the