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Academics file first patents for inventions created by AI

An international team of patent attorneys headed by Professor Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, and including Robert Jehan of Williams Powell, has filed what are believed to be the first ever patent applications for two inventions created autonomously by artificial intelligence.

Over-50s contributed most to post-downturn growth

According to figures published by the ONS, workers aged over 50 made the biggest contribution to post-2008 growth. In 2008, over-50s accounted for 25 per cent of all hours worked with this figure rising to 30 per cent by 2018.

Food industry calls for leniency on competition law ahead of Brexit

The UK food industry has reached out to the government to request the waiving of specific parts of competition law which will enable firms to directly co-ordinate with each other and redirect supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Ian Lucas MP: We must tackle holiday hunger

In the second of our series focusing on the issue of holiday hunger, we spoke to Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham, about his efforts to combat the issue in his local constituency.

Labour won't prevent second referendum on Scottish independence, McDonnell says

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said that a Labour government would not stand in the way of a second Scottish independence referendum during an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Sturgeon makes case for second Scottish independence referendum in 2020

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in 2020, saying there is a "growing sense of urgency" for Scotland to secede from the UK "sooner rather than later".

Parliament cannot prevent no-deal Brexit, says Hancock

Health secretary Matt Hancock has told the BBC that Parliament will be unable to block a no-deal Brexit on October 31 after failing to do so in parliamentary votes back in June.

Vernon Coaker MP: Law must be changed to protect trafficking victims

Following his question during PMQs, we spoke to Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling, about the need to reform public policy to ensure victims of human trafficking are not treated as immigration offenders. Coaker is the co-chair of the APPG on Human Trafficking.

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