• Published on 13 Jan 2018 Sections Culture

    Now to an up and coming band who didn’t let the fact that they lived on different continents stand in the way of writing songs. Infact, Superorganism first got together via the internet despite their origins in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and…Lancashire. Now the eight members have converged to live in a terraced house in…

  • Published on 13 Jan 2018 Sections

    For many, the post-Christmas period is a time of rethinking what we eat and drink. Some try a dry January while others start the year with the good intentions of eating more healthily. But what about eating more sustainably? This week the government published a 25-year plan for the environment and targeted excess packaging, while…

  • Published on 13 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer discusses whether staying in the single market should be a long-term option for Labour.

  • Published on 13 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Centrist Labour MPs have called on their leader to harden his support for keeping close ties with Europe. MPs meeting at the Fabian Society conference said Jeremy Corbyn should back Britain staying in the single market. Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn could be about to tighten his grip on his party’s machine if his allies win key…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    Guy Shennan, chair of the British Association of Social Workers, and Jason Rock, who went through the social care system himself and now works with young people in the care system, discuss the state of children’s services.

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    It’s an astonishing statistic . A child was referred to children’s services in England and Wales every 49 seconds last year. The Local Government Association is warning that councils need more resources to help social workers keep children safe, claiming services  face a £2bn funding gap by 2020. The Department for Education said it was investing…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    An interim report into the emergency response to the Manchester Arena attack has criticised some in the media and social media users over the aftermath of the tragedy, saying some bereaved families were approached before they’d known what had happened to their loved ones. But Lord Bob Kerslake, who’s leading the review, also said there…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    Channel 4 News has learned that the Today team knew about the leaked tape for several days, but didn’t consider taking John Humphrys off air because they deemed it a private conversation. One person who actually heard the recording is the former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly, who won an ageism claim against the BBC at…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections

    BBC managers are said to be “deeply unimpressed” over a recording of the Radio 4 Today show host John Humphrys joking about the gender pay gap. A leaked transcript of an off-air conversation between the presenter and BBC correspondent Jon Sopel appears to show Mr Humphrys making light of former China editor Carrie Gracie’s resignation…

  • Published on 12 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    President Trump has provoked a fair bit of outrage here too, after he declared he wouldn’t come to London to open the new US embassy next month because it was a “bad deal” and in an “off location”. Downing Street insisted the relationship between the two countries remained “strong and deep”, but London Mayor Sadiq…

  • Published on 9 Jan 2018 Sections

    Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce and Dawn Foster from the Guardian discuss Virgin Trains’ decision to stop selling the Mail.

  • Published on 9 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Analysis from day 2 of the cabinet reshuffle

    One friend of Andrea Leadsom says the Leader of the House was purposely made to sweat all day yesterday waiting to be reappointed to her role. It doesn’t feel like Mrs May is ready to press the re-set button on that relationship. And there’s a flick of the tail in the treatment of Jo Johnson today…

  • Published on 8 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Jeremy Hunt has kept his job. In fact, he’s added to it, with a new health and social care title. Does Mr Hunt’s new job description reflect new government priorities?  

  • Published on 8 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Theresa May has spent the day reshuffling her cabinet, but not that much of it. The government big hitters have kept their jobs, and only a handful of cabinet ministers have moved or left the government altogether. In fact the biggest changes came at Conservative Party Headquarters.  Former Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has been made Conservative Party Chairman, with a new team of deputies…

  • Published on 8 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Reshuffle: night of the long plastic forks

    Well it wasn’t really worth the drum roll build-up. As reshuffles go this has not been transformatory. There’s more still to come tomorrow with middle and junior ranks outside the Cabinet, but Theresa may has not felt able to shift big irritants from senior jobs and, as I write,  has yet to announce any Cabinet sackings.…