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Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

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https://youtu.be/4gruXPxilUk Video Credits: Neha Tekawade, Nicholas Dunning. This afternoon in Westminster, firefighters and control personnel held a protest to signal the beginning of the strike vote. Union members are voting on industrial action to demand a 15% salary increase in response to the rising cost of living crisis. Labour MP Zara Sultana addressed FBU members who descended on London today from up and down the country to mark the start of a strike ballot. The potential strike would be the first on pay since 2003. Rejecting a 5% pay offer, members say they have been underpaid for years and that colleagues are suffering. She said, "The politics don’t just stop at Westminster; it doesn’t just stop at Parliament; it’s in the world, and it sends our community wherever there a
Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

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Credit: David Hawgood Since 2019 ULEZ has been a program that is helping London in reduce Car Pollution. But how far can this program push people to change? Car pollution has always been a big problem for prominent cities and their citizen. In 2019 the UK Government decided to start a program for the city's centre named ULEZ. Whoever would transit for central London has to pay around £12 a day to transit. Those who do not pay the daily tax could get a fine of about £160. As reported on the government website, central London has raised £174k yearly from this tax, which is used to help London transport. By August 2023 ULEZ Zone will be expanded in all of Greater London. 80% of the consultation is against the ULEZ Zone and members of the movement No ULEZ is ready to
Protestors demand an immediate general election: “The government is criminal”

Protestors demand an immediate general election: “The government is criminal”

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The People’s Assembly Against Austerity claim Britain is broken. Photo Credit: Xiaoyue Zhang Thousands of people flooded the streets, battling heavy rain, to march from Embankment to Trafalgar Square. https://youtu.be/8YV5-TMNbt8 Video Credit: Xiaoyue Zhang Various unions and organisations such as The NHS, Unison, The Communist League, and the UCL Student Union were a part of the protest demanding to: “Topple the Tories”. Protesters gathered to chant about the difficulties posed by the cost of living crisis, the oncoming recession and the underfunding of the NHS. Photo Credit: Xiaoyue Zhang The NHS continues to struggle with funding cuts with no real term changes made in the budget allocation since 2010. Pamela, a retired GP from NHS SOS: “The NHS is being severe
What the 1922 Committee is and how to replace a prime minister

What the 1922 Committee is and how to replace a prime minister

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What is the 1922 Committee and how was it created What role does it play in replacing a prime minister and why is it mentioned so often these days? Credit: Alaa Abood The 1922 committee is a powerful group of Tory backbenchers who perform the main part in the no-confidence vote of the conservative party leadership. Backbench members of the Conservative party belong to a body known as the 1922 Committee (so-called because its founding members were first returned to Parliament in 1922), through which they keep the leadership informed of their opinions. Despite it being a subcommittee within the Conservative Party it has great political influence by virtue of the powers granted to it according to the party’s internal regulations. It has the power to force the prime minister to
Why is Prime Minister Boris Johnson to blame for the violence towards Keir Starmer?

Why is Prime Minister Boris Johnson to blame for the violence towards Keir Starmer?

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On 7 February Labour Leader Keir Starmer had to be escorted from Westminster into a police car for his own protection, whilst protesters shouted abuse at the Labour leader following Boris Johnson's comment. What did Boris Johnson say? Prime Minister Johnson made false accusations about Starmer on 31 January in a heated debate in the House of Commons. The incident occurred when Keir Starmer called on Tory MPs to oust Johnson, following Sue Gray's report into the Parties held at Downing Street and across Whitehall, during the lockdowns.  In response to Starmer, Johnson retaliated and said: Starmer “used his time prosecuting journalists instead of prosecuting Savile.” This false accusation led to an onslaught of abuse from members of the public against Starmer at Westminster wi
Environmentalists react to Spending Review:’Roads? Where are we going? We don’t need roads!’

Environmentalists react to Spending Review:’Roads? Where are we going? We don’t need roads!’

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Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review was accused of undermining Boris Johnson’s vision for a green economy by focusing its budget on improving roads.  Sunak announced that he was pushing ahead with a £27 billion roads programme but did not offer an increase on the £12 billion that was mobilised to tackle climate change.  While the UK chancellor said he was “pursuing the nation’s priorities” with his road-building plans to ease traffic congestion and improve commute times, some environmentalists fear it will attract more traffic and increase emissions.  Marcin Branowski, 21, president of pro-market environmentalism not-for-profit, British Conservation Alliance (BCA) told Westminster World he believed the level of spending allocated to roadworks cannot be justified. He said
Tories urge to lose restrictions as we approach December 2

Tories urge to lose restrictions as we approach December 2

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Leadenhall Market in the time of Covid-19. Photo by Stephen Richards Tory MPs have demanded an early end to the second lockdown after a minister claimed Boris Johnson is "furious" over being "bounced" into the tough new rules. Fifty Conservative MPs, including former prime minister Theresa May have rebelled against party leader Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown, which came into force in England on Thursday the 5th of November. As from them, the PM was forced to sign off the national measures after Government scientists gave a worst-case scenario forecast there could be 4,000 deaths a day. Public health officials initially predicted that 4,000 deaths a day could happen without intervention - a figure that has since been revised to 1,000 fatalities per day by
Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

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Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas. So what is the FSM scheme exactly? FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs. How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus? Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
Labour wins again in Brent despite national failure

Labour wins again in Brent despite national failure

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Labour MP candidates Barry Gardiner and Dawn Butler kept their seats in Brent again in the UK's general election in 2019, although the Labour Party faced a landslide failure nation-wide.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIcfPH8oNlc&feature=youtu.be Gardiner, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, has been the MP for Brent North for 22 years. He won 26,911 votes this year, a significant drop compared with 35,496 votes two years ago.  Barry Gardiner, by Bowen Jiang Butler witnessed her vote share drop from 10 percent to 63 percent compared with what she achieved in 2017. She has served Brent Central for four years and is now Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary. Dawn Butler giving a speech after her victory in Brent Central, by Bowen Jiang Des...
General Election: how will UK’s winning party influence Brexit?

General Election: how will UK’s winning party influence Brexit?

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Westminster students are divided and “confused” but believe their chosen parties will stick to their Brexit pledges. Brexit legislation is on hold while the UK votes in this year’s general election. The Conservative party, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, wants to leave the European Union (EU) with its most recent revised deal. Mr Johnson has been pushing to “get Brexit done” and has previously promised to leave the union, on 31 October 2019 as “do or die”. Government’s attempt to get a new deal through Parliament, was frustrated after members of parliament failed to approve the deal, thus forcing the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of the deadline to the EU. Divisions over Brexit has remained high in the Conservative party, even after Mr Johnson managed to se