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  • Published on 22 Apr 2017

    Environmentalists have condemned a government attempt to delay publication of an air quality plan designed to bring down the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution. A last minute appeal by government officials to the high court last night could defer the draft plan which had a legal deadline of Monday. Labour has accused the government…

  • Jackie Long speaks with the Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at a St George’s day event, and asks him whether the Labour party would avoid any tax bombshells during the election by declaring from the start a platform of raising taxes.

  • Having already ruled out cutting the UK aid budget Theresa May refused to repeat her party’s 2015 manifesto promise not to put up income tax, VAT or national insurance. Labour have already claimed the Conservatives are planning a “tax bombshell” if they are returned to power, but Jeremy Corbyn also refused to rule out tax…

  • There’s been tight security around a right-wing political party conference in Cologne after thousands of protestors turned up to demonstrate outside the venue.

  • In Paris there’s been increased security and a tense atmosphere following Thursday’s shooting incident. One security alert at the Gare du Nord led to the train stations closure and delays to rail services.

  • Theresa May repeatedly refuses to rule out tax rises as she hits the stump for what she says will be the most important election in a generation.

  • Published on 21 Apr 2017

    Len McCluskey has won re-election as general secretary of Britain’s biggest union, Unite – seeing off his main challenger Gerard Coyne by just over five and a half thousand votes.

  • If there’s one thing the markets don’t like, it’s political uncertainty and risk. But that’s the story here, as well as in France and Germany. Europe’s three biggest economies are all facing hugely important elections this year.

  • It’s the first working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution. Once Britain’s industry was fuelled by thousands of mines, now there is barely a handful.

  • Conservative MP and former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell.

  • Anne Giudicelli, a security analyst and former special assistant to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Yasser Louati, a human rights and civil liberties researcher.

  • Theresa May has promised that she will stick with Britain’s commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on overseas aid, despite mounting pressure from some of her own MPs.  

  • Tens of thousands of police officers and elite special forces are being deployed across France after last night’s shooting, the authorities determined not to let Sunday’s Presidential elections be disrupted.

  • The gunman who killed one police officer and wounded two was known to the authorities. His attack on the Champs Elysee suspends the last day of campaigning in Sunday’s Presidential election but not the politics of terror.

  • The attack, and security issues, have completely overshadowed the last day of campaigning, as all three frontrunners cancelled their events as a mark of respect.