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Greater Manchester mayor to pursue legal action over exam grading system

As pressure mounts on the government to resolve the exam grades crisis, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has made public his intent to write to exam watchdog Ofqual and pursue legal action over the algorithm system which has calculated this year’s A-Level results.

Labour leader calls for A-Level results to be based on teacher’s predicted grades

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that the UK government must allow teachers’ predicted grades to take precedence following an “exams fiasco” in England which has seen 280,000 pupils have their final grades marked down.

Government in push for more “transparency” in online political content

The government has said that it wants political material from parties and campaign groups online to have a “digital imprint” which shows spectators where the content has come from as it unveiled new regulations on the issue.

UK enters recession

The largest economic contraction on record between April and June this year has officially seen the UK enter recession, after the economy shrank 20.4 per cent compared with the first quarter of the year.

PM hints at changes to UK asylum laws after Brexit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that his government must weigh up changing asylum laws after Brexit to deter migrants from attempting to cross the English Channel, calling it “very, very difficult” to legally return those who make the crossing from France at present.

Inquiry launched into Channel crossings

MPs have launched in inquiry into incidents of people attempting to illegally enter the UK by crossing the English Channel in small boats, after it emerged that over 1,000 migrants came into the country in this manner over July.

Sunak talks down extending furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has dismissed the idea of extending the furlough scheme beyond October, warning that it cannot “carry on indefinitely”.

Ross named new Scottish Conservatives leader

Moray MP Douglas Ross has been confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives, having been the only candidate to put his name forward by the deadline of noon on Wednesday.

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