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News | Published August 18 2019

The Weekly Review: Aug 12 - Aug 18

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics:

· Philip Hammond has said he is “very confident” that the means exist for parliament to express its view on a no-deal exit from the European Union.

· Jeremy Corbyn has reached out to opposition party leaders and Tory rebels, asking them to back him as a "caretaker" prime minister.

· Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman are both prepared to lead a government of national unity to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Jo Swinson has claimed.

· Former Conservative Sarah Wollaston has become the latest MP to join the Liberal Democrats after quitting Change UK back in June.

· Conservative MP Alberto Costa has urged Boris Johnson to fulfil his pledge to legislate for the rights of EU citizens.

Justice:

· Over the next two years, the Crown Prosecution Service will be provided with an additional £85 million of funding in a new crackdown on violent crime in England and Wales.

· The government has announced that prisons in England and Wales will receive £100 million of investment to improve security.

Industry:

· The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund, the state army pension fund for Turkey, has reached a deal to rescue troubled firm British Steel from liquidation.

Health:

· Dental surgeons in England have urged the government to encourage schools to provide sugar-free meals in a crackdown on cases of tooth decay.

Retail:

· The government has been urged to act after new industry figures revealed the number of empty shops in town centres is at its highest level in four years.

· Over 50 retail firms, including Asda and Boots, have asked chancellor Sajid Javid to reform what they call the “broken business rates system”, with taxes having risen 50 per cent since the 1990s.

Infrastructure:

· Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told by 19 regional leaders in the north of England to provide a “northern budget” of £39 billion to Northern Powerhouse Rail to provide high-speed trans-pennine transport connections.

Focus:

· Following the recent appointment of Boris Johnson's cabinet, we have launched a series of articles to assess how each sector views their new Secretary of State. Our third instalment focuses on Theresa Villiers, the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

· To assess the views of businesses on no-deal and their preparations for it, we spoke to Marius Foster, Director of John Hilton Estate Agents and Tony Shrewsbury, Managing Director of CGTech.

· In the third instalment of our series focusing on the issue of holiday hunger, we spoke to Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, about his efforts to tackle the issue in his city.

· In the fourth instalment of our series focusing on the issue of holiday hunger, we spoke to Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty.


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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
August 18 2019

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