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June 26, 2019

Whistleblowing climate scientist Dr Maria Caffrey: ‘It wasn’t about providing truth… it was about toeing the line with the Trump administration’

Dr Maria Caffrey was a climate scientist in the US National Parks Service when Barack Obama was President. She was the author of a report which warned about the possible effects on coastal areas of rising sea levels and storms. But after President Trump came to power she says her report was first...

Ratcliffe’s Ineos chooses Bridgend for 4×4 plant

He’s the Brexit-backing businessman who is one of Britain’s richest men. Today Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced he is bringing up to 500 jobs to South Wales where his firm Ineos Automotive will be building a new 4×4 vehicle. It will be assembled in Bridgend using parts manufactured across Europe. It’s a...

Climate crisis: Americans forced to move twice because of rising sea levels

Let’s return to our special series on climate change. We’ve toured the glaciers of the Arctic and Europe. Now we turn to the shorelines of the US East Coast. Rising sea levels and warmer waters are costing the state of Rhode Island a fortune, jeopardising livelihoods and forcing families to move...

Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake on jailing council tax debtors: ‘I would prefer not to have that sanction, but if it’s necessary, we should keep it’

Chris Daw QC is the author of the Social Market Foundation report, and Kevin Hollinrake is a Conservative MP and member of the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.

Netanyahu’s future uncertain as Israel elections produce stalemate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting to hold on to his job after he fell short of winning a majority in the country’s national elections. With most of the votes counted, his Likud Party is neck and neck with rival Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party. That could give Mr Gantz a...

Saudis reveal ‘evidence’ Iran behind oil attacks

It was the show and tell that could be the precursor for a Middle East war. Saudi officials today displayed drone and cruise missile parts which they claim prove Iran’s involvement in the attack on the heart of the Saudi Arabian oil industry. Riyadh said the direction of flight means that there is...

Johnson confronted during hospital visit – and Supreme Court hears prorogation case

A visit to a hospital in East London might have been designed to give Boris Johnson a break from Brexit, but it didn’t keep him away from an angry political confrontation. He was accosted by the furious parent of a sick child who accused him of conducting a press visit whilst the hospital was...

Calls for council tax debtors to be spared jail in England

It is a return to the days of Dickens, sending some of the poorest people to jail for bills they simply can’t afford. Or is it a valuable tool for councils to deal with people who don’t pay their council tax? England is now the only country in the UK where you can be sent to jail for council tax...

What would a ‘hard border’ in Northern Ireland actually look like?

The term “hard border” is used to describe what happens to the UK/EU border in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit. But it’s actually quite a vague concept. Leaving the EU’s single market without a withdrawal agreement in place means that trade across the border reverts to international rules set by...

FactCheck: Corbyn’s changing Brexit stance

FactCheck: Corbyn’s changing Brexit stance

Jeremy Corbyn has a tough weekend ahead of him as he tries to reconcile competing Brexit positions at Labour’s annual conference. Pro-remain members have tabled some 61 motions calling for the party to revoke Article 50, and senior figures on the front bench, including Diane Abbott, Keir Starmer...

‘Alarming if Supreme Court thinks what Boris Johnson has done is acceptable,’ says SNP’s Joanna Cherry

We speak to Joanna Cherry, who is at the forefront of the Scottish legal challenge to parliament’s suspension. We started by asking what she made of the first day’s hearing in the Supreme Court.

Barrister Francis Hoar: ‘Parliament doesn’t have mandate for policies it is pursuing’

Francis Hoar is a Brexit-supporting barrister and a member of Lawyers for Britain, a group formed to support the country’s decision to leave the EU.

Swinson pledges to cancel Brexit on first day of Lib Dem government

Riding high on a wave of defections from other political parties, Jo Swinson gave her first conference speech as Liberal Democrat leader today. There was the expected “Stop Brexit” rhetoric as she reaffirmed her party’s policy of scrapping Article 50 the moment they get into power. And as she...

The other Amazon forest fire that no-one is talking about

While the fires in the Brazilian Amazon have made headlines across the world for the past weeks, in neighbouring Bolivia fires have also been raging. More than two million hectares of rainforest in Bolivia have recently been lost to wildfires, an area almost the size of Wales. Authorities say...

Supreme Court challenge over Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament

The highest court in the country heard today that, in the last 50 years, “no prime minister has abused his powers” in the way that Boris Johnson did when he prorogued Parliament for five weeks. On the first day of an unprecedented court case, the lawyer for those campaigning against Mr Johnson’s...

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