Jane Dodge

  • Published on 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    A system intent on “breaking” rather than “rehabilitating” the children in its care. That’s the damning conclusion of a report published today into youth detention centres in the north of Australia. It found widespread mistreatment by some staff – including the use of spit hoods, tear gas and solitary confinement – and called for the…

  • Published on 16 Nov 2017 Sections

    Police have put the final death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire at 71, as they now believe they have recovered the last of the bodies. A still born baby boy was the youngest victim of the fire.

  • Published on 29 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    Theresa May is calling for a Commons review into how the culture at Westminster can change. One of her ministers has admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys – the Cabinet Office will investigate whether international trade minister broke official rules.

  • Published on 28 Oct 2017 Sections

    The environment secretary Michael Gove has apologised after he made a joke about Harvey Weinstein on Radio 4’s Today Show. Mr Gove, who was roundly criticised by fellow MPs – claimed it had been a “clumsy attempt at humour”. Meanwhile, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the allegations of sexual harrassment in Westminster – saying…

  • Published on 27 Oct 2017 Sections

    Fifty years to the day since the landmark abortion act made it legal in England, Scotland and Wales, a woman’s right to choose remains a political battleground, from legal challenges about protests in London to a hotly contested vote in the Irish Republic.  And for the women who had illegal abortions around the time the act came into force, their…

  • Published on 20 Oct 2017

    Nicola Yankee, from Nottingham, moved to the Caribbean island of Dominica nine years ago, only to see her home ruined when Hurricane Maria struck last month. She says she was told to leave the island by the authorities on the ground, but on her return with her young son, she found she was unable to claim benefits or get access…

  • Published on 14 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    Key US allies, including Britain, have split with Donald Trump over his plans to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.

  • Published on 6 Oct 2017 Sections

    It “shames our generation”. That’s how Environment Secretary Michael Gove described the killing of elephants for ivory, as he announced plans for a near total ban on trade in ivory in the UK. The government insists the plans are driven by concern for elephants, but it could also be a big vote winner. Research shows…

  • Published on 28 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned the British Government that it needs to take withdrawal talks seriously. Mr Barnier said he was “concerned” about British ambiguity regarding key positions like the Brexit divorce bill. But the Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted the British position in the third round of talks in Brussels were…

  • Published on 27 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    In a dramatic shift in policy, Labour says it would keep Britain inside the single market and customs union for a transitional period. They said the Government’s plan to take the UK straight out of the arrangements for the moment Brexit happens would be ‘highly risky’.

  • Published on 26 Aug 2017 Sections

    Six men and two women have died after two lorries collided with a minibus on the M1 near Newport Pagnell in the early hours of the morning. Three others, including a five-year-old child are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

  • Published on 25 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    They’re not quite as driverless as you might think, but the Government is spending £8m to test out convoys of ‘self-driving’ lorries on British roads by the end of next year. The lead vehicle will control things like acceleration and braking, and there’ll still be a driver in the cab to operate the steering. Ministers…

  • Published on 30 Jul 2017

    US President Donald Trump says he is “very disappointed” with China, claiming they are doing nothing to stop North Korea’s weapons programme.

  • Published on 29 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    Reince Priebus leaves the White House after the shortest ever term for a presidential Chief of Staff. Priebus said “the president wanted to go in a different direction”.

  • Published on 25 Jul 2017 Sections

    New plans to ban the sale of new-build homes in England under leasehold have been unveiled, as the government called it a sign of the “broken housing market”. Buyers have been caught in spiralling costs and fees, which can make homes virtually impossible to sell.