Starmer must not ‘sit back’ if Labour is to win next election, Mandelson says | Labour

Liz Truss will mount a “post-truth” campaign presenting the Conservatives as the party of change at the next election, Peter Mandelson has warned, as he called on Keir Starmer not to “sit back” and assume automatic victory. While Labour has held a steady lead in the opinion polls for nine months, Starmer was urged by … Read more

Tintagel among castles at risk unless England can hold back the tide | Heritage

The wonderful wildness of the spot, a rocky Cornish headland pounded relentlessly by Atlantic breakers, has inspired poets, artists and dreamers for many a century. But Tintagel, immortalised in British mythology as the place of King Arthur’s conception, is one of a string of castles at risk of tumbling into the sea as climate change … Read more

Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fracking opponents are funded by the Kremlin

But in a written statement to MPs on Thursday, Mr Rees-Mogg suggested that the risk of further earthquakes was worth taking, and that more data could be collected when drilling resumes. “While HM Government will always try to limit disturbance to those living and working near to sites, tolerating a higher degree of risk and … Read more

‘They don’t work’: experts criticise Liz Truss’s grammar schools plan | Grammar schools

Academics, education unions and politicians of every hue have attacked government plans for more grammar schools, warning that selection does not improve social mobility and will not solve the challenges facing schools in the next decade. It follows confirmation from the new education secretary, Kit Malthouse, that the prime minister has tasked him to look … Read more

UK in recession and further interest rate hikes probable, Bank warns Kwarteng | Mini-budget 2022

The Bank of England has warned Kwasi Kwarteng the economy is in recession and it will most probably need to push interest rates higher after Friday’s tax-cutting mini-budget. On the eve of a major package of support from the chancellor designed to break what he called the economy’s “cycle of stagnation”, Threadneedle Street said the … Read more

Sinn Fein wants referendum plan as Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for first time

Sinn Fein has called for preparations for an Irish reunification referendum after a census showed Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for the first time in the country’s history. During partition in 1921, Northern Ireland’s borders were drawn to ensure a Protestant majority. Unionists are traditionally Protestant, while historically nationalists are mostly Catholic. However, in … Read more

Tory MPs angrily challenge Rees-Mogg’s fracking revival plan | Fracking

Ministers face a furious backlash from Conservative MPs after overturning a manifesto pledge to pause fracking until it is proved safe, and then indicating drilling could be imposed without local support. Outlining a return to shale gas extraction in England after three years, Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed worries about earthquakes caused by the practice as “hysteria”, … Read more

Rayner reveals contents of note handed to Starmer on day of Queen’s death | Queen Elizabeth II

The deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner, has disclosed the contents of a mysterious note she was handed in the House of Commons on the day the Queen died. Keir Starmer was giving his response to the government’s energy statement and the cost of living crisis when Nadhim Zahawi, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, whispered … Read more

Leicester mayor announces independent inquiry into city violence | Leicester

Violent clashes between groups of mainly Hindu and Muslim young men in Leicester are to be the subject of an independent review, the city’s mayor has said. Sir Peter Soulsby said the review, which should be completed within weeks, will examine whether extremist groups and outside organisations encouraged the disturbances on Saturday and Sunday. “We … Read more