Grammars ‘unnecessary distraction’, say MPs

Grammars ‘unnecessary distraction’, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs are not convinced that grammars can really boost social mobility The government has failed to make a convincing case for opening a new wave of grammar schools in England, say MPs. The education select committee has cast doubt on claims that they can help social mobility. There is […]

Pensioner incomes ‘outstrip those of working families’

Pensioner incomes ‘outstrip those of working families’

Image copyright Thinkstock Typical pensioner incomes after housing costs now outstrip those of working-age people, a new report suggests. The Resolution Foundation also says pensioners are more likely than their predecessors to be working, own a home and have generous private pensions. The think tank says growth in pensioner incomes has been coupled with weak […]

Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Media captionUndercover footage showed prisoners incapacitated by drugs Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door […]

John Bercow should quit or face vote, MP James Duddridge says

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow: I voted to remain in EU A Conservative MP who is attempting to oust Speaker John Bercow says he should quit or face a vote of no confidence. James Duddridge, who has tabled a no confidence motion in Mr Bercow, said he had used his job to “pontificate” on international issues […]

Corbyn’s changing shadow cabinet

It’s been a torrid 18 months for Jeremy Corbyn, at least in terms of shadow cabinet manoeuvres. A flurry of resignations in the run-up to the recent Brexit Bill forced the Labour leader to announce his fourth re-shuffle since taking charge. Four roles in particular have seen the greatest turnover, each with four MPs filling […]

Tom Watson: Not time for Labour leadership fight

Media captionJeremy Corbyn is “established”, says his deputy Now is “not the time” for Labour to go through another leadership contest, deputy leader Tom Watson has warned. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that despite lagging substantially behind Theresa May in opinion polls, Jeremy Corbyn was “established” in the role. Mr Watson also downplayed […]

David Davis criticised for ‘sexist’ Diane Abbott text

David Davis criticised for ‘sexist’ Diane Abbott text

Image copyright PA A Labour peer has branded David Davis “sexist” for reportedly sending a text saying he would not hug shadow home secretary Diane Abbott because he was “not blind”. Shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti said she was “disappointed” in the Brexit secretary. The text followed an incident between Mr Davis and Ms Abbott […]

Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say

Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say

Image copyright Getty Images Prisons in England and Wales need a “profound culture change” which focuses on inmate safety, a new report says. Prisoner distress, self-harm and suicide attempts are too often seen as signs of manipulation, rather than vulnerability, research by the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League for Penal Reform found. […]

John Bercow ‘impartial’ despite revealing Remain vote

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow: I voted to remain in EU Commons Speaker John Bercow insists his impartiality has not been affected after he revealed he had voted Remain in the EU referendum. The Sunday Telegraph reported that he had spoken about his voting stance to students at Reading University. A spokeswoman for the Speaker, expected […]

John Bercow ‘impartial’ despite Remain vote

John Bercow ‘impartial’ despite Remain vote

Image copyright PA Commons Speaker John Bercow insists his impartiality has not been affected after he revealed he had voted Remain in the EU referendum. The Sunday Telegraph reported that Mr Bercow had spoken about his voting stance in a question-and-answer session with students at Reading University. The speaker is expected to remain politically impartial […]