Image Courtesy of Sophie Riches Plain cigarette packaging regulations due to come into force in May 2016 are being challenged in the high court by four of the world’s largest tobacco companies. Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International claim that the legislation aimed at discouraging smoking will unlawfully impact their trademark intellectual property by making their packets look the same. The Chief Executive of anti smoking group ASH, Deborah Arnott, said: "This is a desperate last ditch move by the tobacco companies to try to protect their right to promote their products in glitzy brightly coloured packaging, hoping that they will attract children and young people to become the next generation addicted to s
Source: JesmondLocal Peers are about to present a new proposal to force the Government to allow 16 and 17 years old to vote in the European Union membership referendum Today they are putting down a new amendment in the House of Lords to question claims by the government that temporarily lowering the voting age to 16 would involve costs of around £6 million. Last Tuesday MPs at the House of Commons voted against the move by 303 to 253 overturning an amendment to the EU Referendum Bill passed in the House of Lords last month to let young people have a say on UK’s EU membership. The leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: “The Government will come with various excuses of why they can’t do it. It cost a little bit of more money, £6 million out of a budget which is much gre
Front National did not win any regions in the French regional elections after the second round took place on the 13th of December whereas one week before they were the first party after the opening round. Socialists and Republicans (right-wing) defeated the extreme party. As the Front National is a eurosceptic party, its rise in one of the founding countries of the European Union threatens the future of Europe. As Henry Samuel said in The Telegraph in March, Marine Le Pen is very keen to ally with Nigel Farrage’s Ukip in the UK that shares her point on major topics. Her party is now not only a French national issue. The way Socialists (governmental party) and Republicans (opposition) always defeat the Front National is called the Republican Front. It means that the third party
The rise in Islamophobic hate crimes has been compared to the 1930's antisemitism. A recent survey published by the Metropolitan Police reveals an increase in racial, religious and Islamophobic hate crimes in London. Figures show that Islamophobic crimes have increased by 41.8% in a year. According to Islamic societies factors that stimulated such hate crimes are the Syrian refugee crisis, UK airstrikes and Paris bombings, which took place 13th November 2015. Organisations such as Stand Up To Racism, tell MAMA (measuring anti-Muslim attacks) and The Refugee Welcome Board have stressed their concerns on the hate crime, which is spreading across the country. Zabi Dalu, Stan
The leaders of Brent Council will tonight propose cutting children’s social workers as part of a bid to save an additional £18.8m over the next three years. The cuts will be part of a wide range of measures launched at a 14th December meeting at Brent Civic Centre. These will include: cutting one in five jobs in the 'Community Services' department, charging residents more for waste removal and setting up pay-as-you-go WiFi hotspots on lamp-posts and rooftops. These £18.8m savings are in addition to a previously agreed package of £28.3m savings. This means over the next three years, the council will make cost-saving measures worth £47.1m. Cllr. Mohammed Butt, the Labour leader of Brent Council, said: "The proposals we're publishing today try to squeeze the very last penny o
Ecuador has agreed to allow Swedish authorities to visit Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at their embassy in London It is understood that Swedish authorities have been able to broker a deal with Ecuador, allowing them to visit the Ecuadorian embassy in London, to question Julian Assange. Mr Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London back in 2012. Swedish authorities had wished to extradite Mr Assange, over allegations of sexual assault, dating back to 2010. Mr Assange has denied the allegations, and also feared that extradition to Sweden would result in eventual extradition to the United States, where he believes he would be put on trial, for leaking sensitive US documents via Wikileaks. This development comes after allegat...
Climate change campaigners say the Paris Agreement does not go far enough to reduce carbon emission. UK-based campaigner, Joana Blackman, told Westminster News “we need to leave fossil fuel in the ground and stop extracting it”. According to her, the world will become a safer place if we “wean ourselves of using oil” and move to a future of renewable energy. On Saturday, climate change campaigners protested in London. They said governments across the world had once again failed “to agree a deal that will protect our future”. This comes at the same time as former Nasa scientist, James Hansen, who is also considered the father of global climate change awareness called the Paris talks “fraud”. He told The Guardian website that: “It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bull
The National Front’s rise in the polls in recent years is due to the public's ignorance of the EU system, according to a French political insider and academic. This statement comes immediately after a week which saw the National Front make major strides in regional election, though the party failed to win control of any of the regions in the final round. Marine Le Pen secured a disappointing 42.8 per cent in the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, with the far-right party finishing in third place in the 2nd round of voting in France. The party achieved 27 per cent, just a few percentage points below their result in the 1st round. The Union de la droite nationale, the coalition of conservative parties, emerged as the victor with 40 per cent, while the Union de la gau
Pro-Jeremy Corbyn group Momentum has made a series of moves to isolate and exclude non-Labour elements from joining, in a bid to root out members from the far left. The move follows comments made yesterday by Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson. Watson described Momentum as a “rabble” and warned about the possibility of an “entryist problem”. These comments are in response to comments made by moderate Labour MPs about threats of deselection. Caroline Flint MP denounced what she called "deselection intimidation" late last week. Despite these moves by Momentum, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's positions remain fixed. Yesterday, he was criticised for showing continued support for the Stop the War coalition. Mr Corbyn has rejected calls to cancel plans to attend a Christmas fundraiser fo
A new runway at Heathrow will not be built until the airport can demonstrate its ability to meet required air quality standards. At a meeting last week, a committee of MPs advised that the planned expansion at Heathrow should not be approved until the airport can show it will be able to meet pollution target. David Cameron had previously said the decision would be made by the end of the year. But plans to expand the airport received backlash from MPs and local residents. Labour MP and Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, Huw Irranca-Davies, warned that going ahead with the expansion without addressing green concerns "could lead to legal challenges as a result of the potential damage to public health from increased air pollution and noise". The decision will now be d...