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News | Published December 08 2019

The Weekly Review: Dec 2 - Dec 8

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors. Each story description contains a link to the full article.

Politics

The Labour Party has revealed plans to reduce train fares by a third as part of its wider ambitions to nationalise the rail network.

The Conservatives say that they will introduce automated exit and entrance checks as part of improvements to the UK’s border security after Brexit should they be re-elected this December.

Boris Johnson has claimed that his Brexit deal will be passed through Parliament and a Budget will be delivered within his first 100 days in power should the Conservatives win the general election.

Boris Johnson has attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to extend the right to vote in a future Brexit referendum to EU nationals residing in the UK, should Labour win the general election.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn presented a “confidential” Brexit report which he says disproves Johnson’s claim there will be no border down the Irish Sea if his Brexit deal is passed.


Retail

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that he would support implementing a digital sales tax in the UK, adding that large online companies need to make a “fairer contribution”

Consumers flocking to take advantage of Black Friday promotions has given the UK’s retail sector a welcome boost.


Health

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to US president Donald Trump ahead of a summit to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO, calling for “clarity” that the NHS would be off the table in a future trade deal.


Employment 

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, average pay for disabled workers is 12.2 per cent less than their non-disabled colleagues.


Education

The Labour party will put a 30-pupil limit on the size of classes at all schools in England should it win the December 12 general election.


Economy

According to a study from the Office for National Statistics, total household financial debt rose by 11 per cent between April 2016 and March 2018 compared to the previous two years.

The Labour party has revealed a number of plans to help small firms if it wins the general election, including replacing business rates with a land value tax and forming an agency to help small businesses seek expert advice and bid for government contracts.

State-owned Saudi Aramco has raised a record amount of $25.6 billion [£19.4 billion] in share sales after stakes in the company were offered out to the public in Riyadh.


Transport

Investors will vote on rescue options for stricken haulier Eddie Stobart on Friday.


Election coverage

In the run up to December's General Election, our election correspondent Joshua Sandiford will be creating profiles of key marginal constituencies around the country, combining the key statistics with interviews with the major candidates. This profile focuses on Hazel Grove.

In this article, Joshua interviews Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hazel Grove.

In this article, Joshua interviews Tony Wilson, Labour candidate for Hazel Grove


Focus

It is no secret that many businesses are growing more excited by Africa. The continent is home to the world’s largest free trade area and 1.2 billion people, many of whom are moving out of poverty and possessing disposable income for the first time.

The general election on 12th December is exactly one week away, with all three leading parties having unveiled their election manifestos. For those childcare providers working in the Early Years education sector, party policies on this issue have made for interesting reading in terms of how they propose to address concerns within the industry.

Concerns are rising over uses of a new wave of sophisticated technology which is able to forge convincingly faked videos and audio, largely considered to be the next generation of notorious fake news and misinformation.


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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
December 08 2019

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