Milly Main: Criminal investigation over hospital deaths

Police have launched a criminal investigation into a number of deaths at a Glasgow hospital, including that of 10-year-old Milly Main. It comes as a separate public inquiry into the building of several Scottish hospitals is being held. Milly's mother recently told the inquiry her child's death was "murder". A...
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Angela Rayner says Keir Starmer looks 'strong' heading into Labour party conference

Labour deputy Angela Rayner says Keir Starmer looks 'incredibly strong' heading into the Labour party conference. Labour leader Keir Starmer is in Brighton where his party conference begins today after he dropped plans to overhaul the way the Labour elects its leaders, amid widespread opposition from the left of the party.

Angela Rayner calls for 'a fair day's pay for a fair day's work'

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner is outlining the party's plans for fair pay agreements between businesses and employees if it returns to power. The agreements would set legally binding wage levels and terms and conditions on a sector by sector basis - starting with adult social care. Angela Rayner will...

What's going on with Labour's row?

It wasn't the best start to a crucial conference when Sir Keir Starmer was forced to withdraw his grand plan for changes to leadership elections. But the tide may have turned a little for the Labour leader, as some watered down - but still significant - party reforms have passed their first hurdle.

Ashworth sets out Labour’s prescription for the health of the nation

The government’s levelling-up agenda will be meaningless without a sustained focus on and investment in improving the nation’s health, Labour’s shadow health secretary has warned.In an interview with The Independent ahead of his speech at the party’s annual conference on Tuesday, Jonathan Ashworth said a new vision for the NHS, and for wider public health, was needed if the country was to tackle inequalities that had been made worse by the pandemic.This should include tackling heart disease and focusing on nutrition and exercise in what he labelled an “obesogenic society”, in an effort to concentrate on the overall “wellness” of...

When is the Labour party conference and what is the schedule of events?

Labour delegates are heading to Brighton for the party’s annual conference this weekend.The event will be the first in-person conference since Sir Keir Starmer became leader after last year’s gathering was cancelled because of coronavirus.It is being at the Brighton Centre and the Hilton Brighton Metropole from Saturday to Wednesday with highlights set to include Angela Rayner’s deputy leader’s report on Saturday afternoon and Sir Keir’s speech on Wednesday.Here’s the full schedule:Saturday2.30pm – Opening formalities2.40pm – Conference arrangements committee report2.55pm – Deputy leader’s report3.05pm – General secretary’s report3.10pm – Financial reports3.50pm – Obituaries and merit award4.20pm – NEC and CLB...
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Rayner promises to boost workers’ rights and take on ‘Tory sleaze’

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner tore into “Tory sleaze” and tax-dodging firms as she set out plans to boost workers’ rights. Within the first 100 days of a Labour government, the party said it will legislate to launch sector-wide fair pay agreements, starting in social care, as part of a “fundamental change” to the economy.

Keir Starmer abandons Labour elections overhaul in favour of ‘watered down’ reforms package

Sir Keir Starmer has abandoned his controversial overhaul of the way Labour selects its party leaders and instead opted for a compromise deal. After a week of talks, the Labour leader was unable to strike a deal on his electoral college proposal – which would have given equal voting power to three groups: MPs, party members and unions or affiliates.

Angela Rayner attacks ‘one rule for them and another for us’ Tory government

Labour will stop the “dodgy deals” and principle of “one rule for them and another rule for us” of the Tory Government, Angela Rayner has said. The party’s deputy leader opened conference with a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s Government, accusing ministers of “dishing out” millions in taxpayer money to their “mates” through Covid-19 contracts.
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Starmer looks to future after being forced to water down Labour rules reform

Sir Keir Starmer has suffered a humiliating start to the Labour conference after being forced to water down proposals to the party’s leadership rules. The Labour leader arrived in Brighton insisting the conference would be a chance to “set out our vision for the future”. But behind the scenes, a...