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The crisis-ridden Tory party will be hit with a public sector strike over pensions on Thursday of this week.
The Tories are worried about the evidence that was due to be produced this week at the Leveson inquiry. They have demanded that senior ministers be allowed to see evidence from Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson in advance.
Two student protesters accused of pulling a police officer off his horse were found not guilty last Friday.
It’s a Marie Antoinette moment for the jubilee as we learn it will feature a cake portrait of the queen—made up of 3,120 individual cakes.
The private firm that built Guantanamo Bay detention camp is shortlisted for a £1.5 billion contract to run many key police services in Surrey and the West Midlands.
Brian Coleman was the highest paid Tory councillor in Britain, pocketing nearly £130,000 a year from four "jobs"But he lost his seat in the London Assembly elections—and will now likely lose up to £90,000Still, at least he’ll keep £40,000 as a cabinet member at Barnet council
Michael Lavalette won an stunning victory in Preston’s council elections. He stood as an independent socialist candidate and took his Town Centre ward seat back from Labour.
Two candidates backed by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) won their seats in the council elections.
Teachers at Downhills Primary School in Haringey will find out the result of a strike ballot on Monday of next week. A yes vote could see the NUT union members strike on 22 May.
Teachers in Scotland will begin a work to rule in protest at the government’s attacks on public sector pensions.
Over 300 school workers, parents, residents and students lobbied governors arriving for a meeting at the Muslim Girls School in Bolton to discuss moving towards academy status.
Labour holds up across Scotland The Labour Party scored an unexpected victory in the Scottish local council elections last week.
A blogger was arrested on Thursday of last week for filming the Olympic construction site in Leyton Marsh, east London.
Sunderland College lecturers are balloting for strikes over pay. College bosses want to snatch £10,000 from some lecturers by reclassifying them as "associate teachers".
BAA, the firm that runs Heathrow airport, is letting the wealthy bypass immigration queues—providing they can stump up £1,800 for "fast track" service.
Water firms across England and Wales leaked more than 3.3 billion litres of water every day last year.
A parliamentary group will launch an inquiry into British arms deals to dictators.
Chesterfield College lecturers have voted for strikes to defend jobs and pay.
Workers at Salford University held an impromptu protest against job cuts on Tuesday of last week.
Dockers in Essex struck for the first time in 23 years on Monday this week.
Hundreds of workers’ jobs are under threat at the budget airline BMI Baby.
The Climate Caravan, which will tour Britain raising awareness of climate issues is set to begin on Saturday.
Some 6,500 former MG Rover workers will get only £3 redundancy—seven years after they lost their jobs.
Around 500 workers travelled from Brough, near Hull to protest outside the shareholders’ meeting of BAE Systems in London on Wednesday of last week.
Disabled workers from Remploy were set to march and lobby parliament on Wednesday of this week.
Some 460 train drivers in the Aslef union at East Midlands Trains struck on Tuesday and Thursday of last week over pensions.
The RMT union has called two strike ballots over pay and conditions at the Tyne & Wear Metro in the north east of England.
The private firm that has taken over the running of Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire is set to make millions in profits by axing services.
The NHS reforms will put us on the road to a system based on insurance, not taxation.That means that if you’re sick, you may not be able to get treatment unless you are covered. And insurers may refuse to cover some conditions if they think it’s too expensive.Private firms will run the service So-called GPs’ groups are just a Trojan horse for profit-hungry companies. Already Richard Branson’s Virgin Care is moving in to take over some key NHS services.
Workers at a major IT firm are bearing the brunt of the chaos that privatisation and outsourcing has brought to the NHS.
Workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions are all balloting for strikes at the BBC.
Concern is mounting for a swan that has been moved to a "secret location"—after attacking posh Cambridge University rowers.
After "workfare" for unemployed people, the government wants to turn prisoners into factory workers—and pay them as little as £10 a week.
News from Thursday's strike by members of the PCS, UCU, Unite, RMT and Nipsa unions
The vote by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) national executive not to call a national strike on pensions in June was a missed opportunity.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) had its hopes of a triumphant homecoming dashed yesterday (Saturday) when it was outnumbered three to one by anti-fascists on the streets of Luton.
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The Olympics and the queen’s diamond jubilee mean that union jack flags are everywhere in Britain.
Crackdown by Egypt’s military The military regime that rules Egypt has launched a brutal crackdown against protesters in the country.
The results of the Greek general election have exploded in the face of the ruling class.
Some 100,000 people took part in an angry demonstration in Moscow on Sunday against the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.
Crowds gathered across France last night (Sunday) to celebrate the presidential election defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy.
Striking students have been taking to the Quebec streets for three months.
The Women’s Library has the most incredible collection for all those wanting to study the history of the suffrage movement.
The sight of Tory Boris Johnson winning the vote for London mayor was the most nauseating moment from the elections.
The pensions dispute refuses to go away.
The rumbling on the Tory backbenches has confirmed what was immediately obvious—Thursday last week was a very bad day for David Cameron.
The unique Women’s Library in east London could be shut by the end of the year if bosses at London Metropolitan University get their way.
There was a moment, shortly after the primaries in South Carolina and just before Florida, when the Republicans hit the crest of absurdity.
Soldiers returning from the First World War in 1918 faced poverty, not "a land fit for heroes". But they weren’t prepared to take it.
Struck Out by David Renton Pluto Press, £17.50
The Bauhaus was a pioneering German art school that was central to the modernist movement of the early 20th century.
Tony Caldeira is a boss on a mission—to take manufacturing jobs back from China to Britain.
This play charts the impact of stop and search on young black people and looks at how the policy shapes their attitudes to the police.
This absorbing series features historian James Shapiro looking at the reign of James I in the light Shakespeare’s plays.
Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop, is raising funds to reprint Paul Foot’s classic The Vote. Please phone 020 7637 1848 if you can help out.
Election results in Greece and France have sent our rulers into a panic. They insist that austerity—savage programmes of cuts, job losses and privatisation—is the only cure for Europe’s ailing economies.
When police officers march against a Tory government it shows that the usual order of things is breaking down.
Barnsley SWP is mourning the loss of Maurice Skidmore, who has died in Penistone just before his 83rd birthday.
‘Quite similar’House of Commons speaker John Bercow on the main political parties