Grouse moors owners threatened government with legal action | Environment

Owners of large grouse moors threatened to take legal action against government ministers who had started developing plans to ban repeated heather burning, Whitehall documents have disclosed. The landowners issued the threat after ministers started working on producing a law to ban them from carrying out the environmentally damaging practice on their moorland estates. The … Read more Grouse moors owners threatened government with legal action | Environment

Thousands of university workers strike across UK | Education

University workers have formed picket lines on campuses across the UK on the first day of the “biggest-ever wave of strikes” over higher education pay, pensions and working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU) reported that support from staff and students remained solid, despite the fact it will be the third time university staff … Read more Thousands of university workers strike across UK | Education

Julian Assange case is the Dreyfus of our age, says John McDonnell | Media

The US attempt to extradite Julian Assange is the “the Dreyfus case of our age”, John McDonnell has said, as Europe’s human rights watchdog added her voice to opposition to the move. The shadow chancellor paid a two-hour visit to see Assange in Belmarsh prison in London on Thursday and said Britain’s standing in the … Read more Julian Assange case is the Dreyfus of our age, says John McDonnell | Media

UK’s expensive visa fees ‘could deter NHS staff and scientists’ | Politics

The UK’s “sky-high” visa fees could deter vital NHS staff and the “brightest and best” scientists that Boris Johnson wants to attract with his new immigration policy, experts have warned. Nurses, lab technicians, engineers and tech experts who currently flock to the UK from the EU may not be able to afford to do so … Read more UK’s expensive visa fees ‘could deter NHS staff and scientists’ | Politics