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...
Tristram Hunt MP says Britain's tax system is flawed. It leads to widening the gaps of inequality and unfairness. Mr Hunt spoke at the Fabian society on Monday. His speech was mainly focused on tackling Inequality in modern Britain. He said that a "bolder and braver redistribution," policy is a must. The current tax system lacks reason. It taxes work and enterprise too much while tax "unearned wealth" very little. He mentioned that the Tories' inheritance tax cut for the wealthiest estates should be revised. A tax cut for just 6% of households could be better spent on affordable housing and young apprenticeships. "Property wealth is one of the biggest sources of inequality in this country, but for too long we have been content to put up with the regressive, out of date, and
The FBI is investigating the role of Sepp Blatter in a $100m payment of sports marketing company ISL to FIFA-officials, BBC’s Panorama reports. Blatter denies he was aware of those payments, which were made in the 1990’s. A BBC investigation, which will broadcast tonight, will focus on the role of Sepp Blater in the ISL scandal, where FIFA-officials were paid to hand ISL lucrative television and marketing contracts. Among those officials were former FIFA-president João Havelange – who lost his honorary president title since – and former Brazilian FA president Ricardo Teixeira. BBC tells that its Panorama reporter Andrew Jennings has seen a letter, obtained by America's Federal Bureau of Investigation, in where Havelange talks about the payments he received from ISL. In the letter it’s
Front National gained its higher score in local elections at the French regional elections yesterday. Considering only 48.1% of the electors actually voted (according to the French Ministry of Home Affairs), the number of abstaining is much higher than the number of FN sympathisers. As Celine Bracq, the head of the Odoxa poll institute explained in Le Parisien, Front National sympathisers went voting. Abstaining people come from the right and left wing sympathisers mostly. «There is fatalism from those citizens. Many thought voting was useless», she said. Voices are rising now against abstention, blaming non-voting for the high results of FN. The philosopher Raphael Enthoven denounced of French radio Europe 1 the “laziness” of abstaining people, comparing them to “spoiled children”.
French leftist parties must prove that they can provide a viable alternative to the National Front, according to an EU delegate. This comes immediately after the party's record breaking majority in the 1st round of the country’s regional elections. Achieving almost 30% of the vote, and coming top in six out of 12 regions, Marine Le Pen’s socially conservative and eurosceptic party has steadily been rising in the polls for months. These results come just weeks after the November Paris terrorist attacks, during which 130 people died at the hand of ISIS perpetrators. Following the release of the results on Sunday evening Le Pen’s niece and member of the French Parliament, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, gave a triumphant speech on France 3 Provence-Alpes. She asserted that the FN were now
Labour’s initiative to reduce tuition fees might not be sufficient for university students. Sonal Gupta reports Labour has said it will reduce the tuition fees for university students from £9, 000 to £6,000 should it win the May election. It will reduce average graduate debt by nearly £9,000. However, there have been on-going debates on the benefits of tuition fee reduction on the future students. According to the reports some students believe that the reduction is not completely sufficient to help them pursue higher education. Some also believe that 16 and 17 year olds are young and unaware to understand the significance of the policy. Speaking to Westminster World prospective Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Brent Central, Dawn Butler says that the
LGBT asylum seekers in the UK are asked to prove their homosexuality. Reporter Indraja Gugle explores Sub editor: Cynthia Gregoire In 2013, UK saw around 283 LGBT asylum seekers. In order to stay in Britain, they are asked to prove their homosexuality, a breach of human rights. Some of the questions asked at asylum interviews range from “Can you prove you’re a homosexual?”, “Why do you choose to be homosexual when you know it is illegal in your country?”, “Why do you think you are a homosexual?” and “Can’t you be discreet about your sexuality and thereby avoid being noticed as a gay person?”. Britain’s asylum system Peter Tatchell says, “Britain’s asylum system is homophobic. The Home Office is refusing asylum to genuine lesbian and gay refugees and sending them back to countries
Edward Snowden talked privacy, trust, and mass surveillance at London’s FutureFest this weekend. The weekend-long event showcased speakers, debates, performers, and more, themed around providing perspectives on the ideas of tomorrow. Joining the crowd via live link from Moscow with his face projected six feet tall on a screen, the irony of Snowden’s face appearing huge before a crowd like a smiling Big Brother was not lost on Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, who quipped about the peculiarity while introducing Snowden. The former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower fielded questions about privacy, state-sponsored spying, mass surveillance, and governance. “They’re afraid of us. The government doesn’t want us to know what they’re doing, how they’re interpreting the law, how they
With a rise in the number of young Britons joining extremist groups such as ISIL the effectiveness of the government's Prevent strategy to prevent radicalisation is being questioned. Report Amie Filcher and Steff Humm. Sub edited by Kait Borsay. The identification of Mohammed Emwazi as ISIL extremist “Jihadi John” has provoked criticism of the Prevent strategy, which seeks to pre-empt and block radicalisation through terrorist propaganda. An arm of the UK’s counter-terrorism policy, CONTEST, Prevent aims to counter the risks of radicalisation by challenging the promotion of extremist ideologies and offering support to individuals deemed most at risk of being drawn into terrorism and the institutions they might belong to. The strategy, introduced in 2003 and amended in 2012 to in
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio