News | Published February 09 2020

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Unison, the largest trade union in Scotland, has offered their support for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Speaking in Greenwich today, Boris Johnson called for the EU to agree to a Canada-style free trade deal, saying the UK would leave on WTO terms if this could not be agreed.

The full rollout of universal credit has been delayed once more, increasing the overall cost of the scheme by £500 million.

Leading reporters refused to attend a briefing in Downing Street on Monday, following their colleagues being turned away from key meetings.

According to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, Boris Johnson has nominated prominent Brexit critics Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke for seats in the House of Lords.

A leaked copy of the Windrush report has called on the government to overhaul the law which sees foreign-born offenders deported to their country of birth, prior to a deportation flight to Jamaica next week.

The government has appointed Dame Karen Pierce as the new ambassador to the US, making her the first woman to hold the post.


In order to solve underfunding issues, NHS leaders have released a new report, urging Boris Johnson to provide the health service with £7 billion more each year and construct 100 new hospitals.


Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, has announced that the government will launch a public consultation on whether failing to pay the licence fee should be decriminalised.

Shadow culture secretary, Tracy Brabin, has disclosed she is auctioning her off-the-shoulder dress for charity.


According to research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 50 per cent of the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK are disabled or are living with someone with a disability.

According to a report from the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, online companies should be compelled to create accessible archives for “high risk” targeted adverts.


A report has been published stating that breakthrough technologies should not be relied upon to meet climate change targets.


The default price and pre-payment meter cap have been lowered by £17, which will result in bill reductions in some 15 million houses, according to Ofgem.

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