Labour demands independent inquiry into Priti Patel bullying claims | Politics

The Labour party has called for the home secretary, Priti Patel, to stand down while a lawyer-led “genuinely independent” inquiry is carried out into bullying allegations against her. Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, suggested the Cabinet Office-led inquiry announced by Boris Johnson into Patel’s behaviour was not sufficiently impartial to restore public trust in … Read more Labour demands independent inquiry into Priti Patel bullying claims | Politics

Labour facing one of worst local elections in recent history in 2020, leaked party report suggests – live news | Politics

Labour’s general election result was the worst for the party, in terms of seats won, since 1935, but there is more electoral misery to come in the local elections, according to an internal party report leaked to the BBC’s Iain Watson. The document says the party is facing “one of our worst local election performances … Read more Labour facing one of worst local elections in recent history in 2020, leaked party report suggests – live news | Politics

Domestic abuse laws to be brought back before parliament | Society

Laws that could lead to domestic abusers facing lie detector tests on their release from prison are being brought back to parliament. The latest version of the domestic abuse bill is due to have its first reading in the House of Commons. The bill was among several proposed laws that stalled after Boris Johnson decided … Read more Domestic abuse laws to be brought back before parliament | Society

Coronavirus UK: unions warn over lack of sick pay for gig economy workers | World news

The government has been accused of failing to grasp the threat of gig economy workers spreading coronavirus, after a minister advised those with no sick pay who have to self-isolate to claim benefits instead. Downing Street is under huge pressure from trade unions and Labour to promise statutory sick pay to all workers when it … Read more Coronavirus UK: unions warn over lack of sick pay for gig economy workers | World news

Anti-slavery tsar calls for councils to take on child trafficking cases | Society

The UK’s independent anti-slavery commissioner has called for decision-making on child trafficking cases to be taken away from the Home Office. Sara Thornton told the Independent that local authorities should take over the powers because they are better placed to provide subsequent support for the child. But the Local Government Association (LGA) said huge funding … Read more Anti-slavery tsar calls for councils to take on child trafficking cases | Society