Whitehall seeks HR chief after No 10’s treatment of spads | Politics

The Cabinet Office is seeking a new civil servant to oversee human resources policy for ministerial special advisers. A job advert placed on the government’s website calls for an “HR policy lead” who will play a “key role in establishing the cross-government special adviser HR function”. The successful candidate for the “high-profile and stretching role” … Read more Whitehall seeks HR chief after No 10’s treatment of spads | Politics

Labour backs positive discrimination to close racial gap in policing | UK news

The racial imbalance that has existed in policie forces needs a radical change in the law to allow positive discrimination in favour of ethnic minority recruits, Labour has said. New research shows the “race gap” in policing has grown in the last two decades and Labour’s policing spokesperson, Louise Haigh MP, said the move was … Read more Labour backs positive discrimination to close racial gap in policing | UK news

Report: C of E’s right to 26 seats in Lords should be repealed | World news

The Church of England’s automatic right to appoint 26 bishops to the House of Lords should be repealed, a report by a group representing more than 100 parliamentarians will recommend this week. An all-party caucus of humanist MPs and peers says reform of the way parliament works must include removing the guarantee of seats in … Read more Report: C of E’s right to 26 seats in Lords should be repealed | World news

Labour’s ‘period of reflection’ requires more than self-flagellation | Tom Blackburn | Opinion

Since Labour’s election defeat in December, the party has managed to agree on one thing: that a “period of reflection” is necessary. But while everyone accepts reflection is required, there are, predictably, wildly varying ideas about what form it should take. One option is to lament the kind of party Labour has become. On BBC’s … Read more Labour’s ‘period of reflection’ requires more than self-flagellation | Tom Blackburn | Opinion