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Hundreds of thousands condemn decision to axe free TV licences for over-75s

HUNDREDS of thousands of people have condemned a government-instigated decision by the BBC to axe free TV licences for the over-75s by signing petitions calling for the concession to be maintained.

More than 230,000 people have signed a petition launched by pensioners’ charity Age UK ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
Marx Memorial Library launches exhibition on Spanish Civil War's displaced children

CHILD refugees who escaped the Spanish Civil War will form part of a new online exhibition launched next week at the Marx Memorial Library (MML).

The 4,000 children who fled the civil war in 1937 was the largest single influx of child refugees arriving on British shores in ...

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Glaswegian care worker receives Eleanor Marx award for women's strike role

A GLASWEGIAN care worker has received the Eleanor Marx award for being a “shining light” in the Glasgow Women’s Strike.

GMB home care branch secretary Shonagh Thompson was given the award yesterday afternoon to a standing ovation.

Alongside organisers Hazel Nolan and Rhea ...

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Lawyers demand urgent independent investigation into death of Berber activist

LAWYERS in Algeria have demanded an urgent and independent investigation into the death of Berber rights activist Kamal Eddine Fekhar, who died last month after staying on hunger strike for 50 days.

The Council of Lawyers of Bejaia made a public statement, saying it “denounces and ...

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Sinn Fein demand release of Ocalan and return to peace talks

SINN FEIN reiterated its demand yesterday that the Turkish state release jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and urged the international community to step up pressure for a resumption of peace talks.

The party’s MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey welcomed the recent visits by Mr ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
Editorial The Tories, the BBC and attacks on the elderly

TORY attempts to claim the removal of free TV licences for the elderly has nothing to do with them won’t wash.

The Conservative Party may be in crisis, but its centuries-old instinct to divide and rule remains strong. By demanding that the BBC revisit its decision, declaring herself ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
Turkey launches criminal investigation into Kurdish journalist killed in a state massacre

TURKEY launched criminal investigations against the editor-in-chief of a now banned Kurdish newspaper today, despite his death in a state massacre in the country’s south-east in 2016.

Diyarbakir’s chief public prosecutor’s office opened proceedings against Rohat Aktas, who was the ...

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Manchester Momentum urges left to attend meeting to reject Blairites's ‘dirty machinations’

MANCHESTER Labour members have urged leftwingers to attend a meeting tomorrow to increase local party democracy and reject the “sinister and dirty machinations” of Blairites.

Momentum members in Manchester Central Constituency Labour Party (CLP) are encouraging people to attend a ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
We'll resist pub closures, union vows

THE GMB insisted today that pubs are a “community amenity” and have vowed to help resist their closure.

Delegates meeting in Brighton at the union’s annual conference have agreed to use pubs “wherever possible” for union affairs.

Drinkers’ rights campaigners have ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
GMB Conference ’19 Climate change is a working class issue, delegates insist

CLIMATE change must be a treated as a working-class issue, trade unionists insisted today.

GMB delegates meeting at the union’s annual conference in Brighton backed a call to push for “practical steps” against rising global temperatures and their effect on workers in various ...

2019-06-12 20:17 open_in_new
How universal credit cheats mature students

I WROTE a little while ago about the complications and obstacles that universal credit (UC) was inflicting on the self-employed, we all know too well the lasting effects that it is having on hundreds of thousands in society.

It has unleashed a myriad of problems, hardship and poverty. But ...

2019-06-12 18:11 open_in_new
GMB: We're coming for bad employers

TIM ROACHE has labelled the right-wing Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group the “Tax Dodgers’ Alliance,” as he warned dodgy employers and the Tory government: “We’re coming for you.”

Speaking to delegates at the GMB annual conference in Brighton yesterday, the union’s general ...

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Event Review A blood pact against censorship

A NURSE breezily swabs at an arm and pokes in a syringe to fill another blood bag as hard drill vocals and bass rumble through the darkened Saatchi gallery in London.

Medical-grade tubes run from a refrigerated canister of blood —  brightened by a conspicuously positioned fridge — ...

2019-06-12 13:59 open_in_new
Women's Hockey ‘It’s a big step up. But once I’m on the pitch, I just play’

IT WAS almost the perfect international debut. In fact you could argue that, as a learning opportunity, it actually was the ideal start to Esme Burge's Great Britain career.

With Britain’s game against Germany in the FIH Pro League last Friday poised at 2-2 with just under 10 minutes ...

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Women's Football Roord roars for Dutch with stoppage-time winner

JILL ROORD came off the bench and scored in stoppage time to give the Netherlands a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup group opener for both teams today.

The European champions controlled possession throughout the game, but couldn’t get by New Zealand goalkeeper Erin ...

2019-06-11 21:11 open_in_new
Fifa defends ticketing policy despite low attendances at World Cup 

FIFA has defended its ticketing policy at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, despite seeing average attendances at the first nine games of the tournament at less than two-thirds of stadium capacity.

So far, there have been only two sold-out matches: the opener in Paris between hosts France and ...

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A rogues’ gallery of the Tory leader hopefuls

AS THE final shortlist for the Tory leadership has been decided the Star publishes a rogues’ gallery of the race favourites.

Two of these will face the Tory membership, of a mere 124,000 or less, who will then vote on the next British Prime Minister.

The former foreign secretary ...

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Suicidal man’s 999 call from detention centre was cancelled after staff said it was a hoax

A SUICIDAL detainee’s ambulance was cancelled after detention centre staff claimed his desperate 999 call was a “hoax.”

The detainee took his own life the next day.

The shocking incident has emerged at the inquest into the death of 28-year-old Polish builder Marcin Gwozdzinski, ...

2019-06-11 20:08 open_in_new
Appeal launched into ICC decision not to investigate alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan

AFGHANS who say they were tortured and mistreated by US forces have appealed against a decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to not investigate war crimes committed during the US occupation.

The ICC decision was made in April under pressure from Washington after US President ...

2019-06-11 20:08 open_in_new
Editorial Capitalism unravelling globally, latest figures reveal

THE latest figures for the British economy are being positively spun by the Tories and many pro-big business analysts – and negatively by those who want to blame Brexit wherever possible.

Unemployment has fallen slightly, although it remains at 3.8 per cent of the labour force. These ...

2019-06-11 20:08 open_in_new
GMB Conference ’19 Construction industry 200 years away from achieving gender equality

GENDER equality in the construction industry will take nearly 200 years to achieve at the current rate of progress, the GMB revealed today.

According to statistics presented to the union’s annual conference in Brighton, it could be the year 2194 before the number of women in construction ...

2019-06-11 20:08 open_in_new