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What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

Breaking News, Explainers, Health, News, NHS, Politics, ReportingWeek2
A group of doctors in scrubs (Image from Unsplash) How will the National Health Service be affected, now that the Tories are in power? In the early hours of Friday 13 December, it was announced that the electorate had voted for a majority Conservative Government.  With 365 seats, the Conservative party had well surpassed the 326 seat target needed to hold a majority government.  This result has many people speculating about what this will mean for the UK’s National Health Service.  In his Prime Minister’s victory speech on 13 December, Johnson stated: “I’ve heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country that the overwhelming priority of the British people now, is that we should focus above all on the NHS, that simple and beautiful idea that repre
Police arrested 7 protesters who blocked central London road to demand action on air pollution

Police arrested 7 protesters who blocked central London road to demand action on air pollution

Breaking News, Climate, Extinction Rebellion, ReportingWeek2
Extinction Rebellion protesters glued 25 breeze barricades to the road to symbolize 25 Londoners who are killed each day by air pollution, while 6 of them glued their hands to concrete blocks. Extinction Rebellion activists staged a demonstration called “The Air We Grieve” in London this morning. They blocked Cranbourne Street outside Leicester Square Station. This road was chosen because of its "high levels of air pollution.” A small truck used as a roadblock was engraved with the slogan: "Air Pollution Kills 25 Londoners Each Day”. According to Extinction Rebellion, 2 million people in London live in illegal air pollution, including 400,000 children. And toxic air kills 28,000 to 36,000 people every year across the UK. This protest, which is part of the Election Rebellion, ai
Free counter-terror training course available to the public

Free counter-terror training course available to the public

Breaking News, Education, Explainers, London, News, ReportingWeek2
The counter terrorism police are now offering free online training to the public on how to respond to a terror attack.  The award-winning online training course is being made available publicly for the first time and has been put together by Counter Terrorism officials. It is available free of charge for anyone who wants to take part. The training is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete.  The following e-modules are available as part of the course: Introduction to Terrorism Identifying Security Vulnerabilities How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons Attack Summary and Supporting Materials
The World’s Big Sleep Out: People hope that the fund raised by the event can really benefit the homeless

The World’s Big Sleep Out: People hope that the fund raised by the event can really benefit the homeless

Charity, News, ReportingWeek2
In London’s windy and freezing winter night in December, it is hard to imagine sleeping outside, as many homelessness people did. People from more than 50 countries slept outside in Trafalgar Square on Saturday night as part of “The World’s Big Sleep Out” to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. "It seems absolutely bloody crackers right now - the rain is so heavy - but we're doing it because basically the world has a homelessness problem, it has a displaced people problem, it has refugees." Dame Louise Casey, a former head of the government rough sleepers' unit and trustee of the Big Sleep Out, who told the BBC she hoped the event would be "symbolic". WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: Hundreds braved cold winds and heavy rain in Trafalgar Square as part of "The World's Big Sleep
General Election: Who are you voting for?

General Election: Who are you voting for?

Breaking News, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
As the election draws closer, campaigns emerge to convince people to vote based on policies rather than public image. The General election in the UK is only three days away, set to take place on Thursday 12 December. As the public prepare to vote in the upcoming election, most members of the electorate have already decided which party will be receiving their vote on Thursday. An online survey found that 75 percent of voters knew who they were going to vote for, while 25 percent were still uncertain. A quarter of voters are undecided, meaning that there is still time for the electorate to be influenced by politicians during the election campaign trails. It was also found that a large amount of voters across the UK have not read any party manifestos of any of the parties. 31 percent of
General Election: What do the polls say in the final week?

General Election: What do the polls say in the final week?

Breaking News, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Boris Johnson seems set for victory in Thursday’s general election according to the latest polls. WestminsterWorld’s research suggests The Conservatives lead polling, averaging over 10 percent higher than the Labour Party. If the polls are to be believed, it seems that Jeremy Corbyn cannot make up the gap with just three days until polling day. At best for Labour, ICM’s latest poll points to a margin of seven percent between them and the Conservatives. At worst, the margin is 15 percent according to Opinium. Both Labour and the Conservatives seem to have taken a portion of prospective voting away from the Liberal Democrats and Brexit Party since campaigning started. Overall, the Green Party have consistently stayed at around three percent of prospective votes. But, can we still trust th
Free online counter-terror training course available for public

Free online counter-terror training course available for public

Breaking News, London, News, ReportingWeek2
Police Chiefs have announced free counter-terriorism training for every member of the public following the London Bridge attack.  The training course is structured by security experts and they are inviting people to take the course and become a CT Citizen.  Called ACT Awareness, the training takes 45 minutes to complete with seven different modules to be undertaken which includes “identifying security vulnerabilities, identifying and responding to suspicious behaviour, identifying and dealing with a suspicious item, what to do in the event of a bomb threat, how to respond to a firearms or weapons attack,” reports The Telegraph.  Inspecting CCTV cameras in an unusual way or taking photos of security arrangements would be regarded as a suspicious activity. Others cited are holdi
Are London Students Tactically Voting?

Are London Students Tactically Voting?

Audio, Breaking News, brexit, London, News, Opinion, ReportingWeek2, Student
Insight into whether or not London students will be tactically voting in the upcoming general election.With the election only three days away, politicians are scrambling to swing the undecided votes in their direction. Labour party member and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell took part in a Q&A this morning, stating that this election is “about saving the NHS”; whilst current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is visiting four Labour seats to project his trademark "Get Brexit Done" message.Despite the promising efforts from both parties, it seems that some younger individuals are choosing to vote against the Conservatives, rather than for Labour. This is called tactical voting and it’s the selection of a candidate that has a likely chance of unseating another, instead of wh
“Horrific” and “unreasonable” strikes aren’t helping train guards’ cause

“Horrific” and “unreasonable” strikes aren’t helping train guards’ cause

Breaking News, News, ReportingWeek2, Transport, Travel
Whilst the public are calling for an “agreement” or an alternative to striking, many commuters aren’t “clued in” about why the strikes are taking place. Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) Union members are striking for the next 20 days over the role and responsibilities of train guards on board. The RSSB Rail Safety and Standards Board found that between 2010 and 2015, there were more platform safety incidents on conductor only operated trains. South Western Railway (SWR) trains were subject to more delays due to engineering works this weekend, leaving passengers to face more cancellations in the lead up to Christmas. The SWR train routes link suburbs and regional areas to the UK’s busiest station London Waterloo. More than 800 services have been cut and trains will not
Grammy nomination for BTS sets a precedent for the future of Korean pop culture

Grammy nomination for BTS sets a precedent for the future of Korean pop culture

Art, Band, Celebrity, Culture, Entertainment, International, LifeStyle, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Video
The music industry is gearing up for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with the nominees having been officially announced just last week. There have been ecstatic responses from fans and supporters the world over, but the one nomination that seems to be fishing in more reactions than any other is that of Korean based pop-group, BTS. The first K-pop group to have received worldwide recognition and embark on an international tour, BTS have made history by bagging this Grammy nomination for the art and visuals of their famed album, ‘Love Yourself: Tear’. It is not only a massive breakthrough moment for the Bangtan septet, but for the Korean music scene as a whole. The album that was placed at No.1 on the 'Billboard 200' in May earlier this year, is nominated for best recording package - a