News | Published December 01 2019

The Weekly Review: Nov 25 - Dec 1

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. 


SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that her party would be willing to support a minority Labour government but in a “less formal” manner than a coalition.

The Labour party have promised an investment of £1 billion in the arts, at the launch of their “Arts for All” manifesto yesterday evening.

A report from the Resolution Foundation has indicated that plans outlined in the three main party manifestos would all fall short on reducing the rate of child poverty by 2023-24.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that the spending plans outlined in both the Labour and Conservative manifestos ahead of December’s general election are "not credible".

The Conservative party has issued a complaint to Ofcom after Channel Four empty chaired prime minister Boris Johnson for its live debate on climate change.

The Labour Party is set to launch a campaign of regional manifestos which will outline more specific plans for investment in specific areas of the country.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claims to have evidence that the NHS would be on the table in a trade deal with the US after Brexit.


Staff from almost half of the UK’s universities are on strike between November 25 and December 4 over pensions and pay and conditions.

The Conservative party has pledged to empower England’s education regulator Ofsted with plans to introduce longer inspection windows and a funding boost of £10 million.


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has warned that UK car production could fall by over a third should the UK leave the EU without a trade deal.

Election coverage 

Constituency profile: Leeds North West

Election interview: Zamzam Ibrahim, President of the NUS

Election interview: Melanie Dudley, Labour candidate for Dudley North 

Election interview: Alex Sobel, Labour candidate for Leeds North West 


Carl McCarthy, executive headteacher of Frogmore Junior School and two other schools within the GLF multi-academy trust, is a champion of knowledge-rich curricula and powerfully explains the impact they can have on disadvantaged pupils. 

After Labour revealed its election manifesto which leader Jeremy Corbyn promised would be a ‘radical’ offer for ‘real change’, one pledge in particular will have seen those in the care sector sit up and take note.

Co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, The Rt Hon The Lord Blunkett, has opened a new Building Our Skills Academy, established in association with GQA Qualifications.

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December 01 2019

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