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A less dovish Yellen, a more dovish Draghi

The contradictory signals generated by American labour market data in the last year have provided grist for both hawks and doves at the Federal Reserve. For hawks, the rapid decline in the unemployment rate shows slack in the economy is disappearing so the Fed should tighten soon. Show More Summary

The Populus “Mondays good for LAB, Fridays for CON” sequence finally comes to an end

It had to happen at some stage, I suppose, but today’s Populus online LAB lead of 6% brings to an end an extraordinary polling sequence – that those polls published on Mondays tended to show movement towards Labour while those coming out on Fridays moved back towards the Tories. Quite why this is hard to […]

Local By-Election Preview: August 21st 2014

Wroxham on Broadland (Lib Dem defence) Result of last election to council (2011): Conservatives 34, Liberal Democrats 11, Labour 1 (Conservative majority of 21) Result of last election in ward (2011): Emboldened denotes elected Liberal Democrats 985, 829 Conservatives 741, 537 Labour 227 Greens 197 Candidates duly nominated: Malcolm Kemp (Lab), Malcolm Springall (Lib Dem), […]

Jaime King used Uber to get to hospital and give birth

Jaime King has revealed she took an Uber to hospital when she went into labour with last October. The 35-year-old American actress and model told host Conan O’Brien that an ambulance was too ‘dramatic’. She explains her decision in the video below: ‘they [Uber] say ‘three minutes away’, with an ambulance you don’t know. Show More Summary

2015 election countdown: Cameron still looks a loser

Credits: Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images Alt Text: David Cameron Polling points up two problems for the Tories: Ukip vote stays solid and there's a big swing to Labour Column Nigel Horne Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:02pm Because...Show More Summary

‘Tickling’ the ear could help heart health, say scientists

Sending a mild electrical pulse to the ear could improve heart health, according to researchers from the University of Leeds. They used a TENS machine – more commonly used for muscle pains or to help women in labour – to stimulate a small area at the front of the ear called the tragus. Show More Summary

Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading The post Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Video: A Day In The Life… One Year After MLC 2006

It was one year ago today that the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, also known as the “Seafarers Bill of Rights” or simply MLC 2006, entered into force. The post Video: A Day In The Life… One Year After MLC 2006 appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Irish Pro-Life Rally Will Support Premature Baby Victimized by Abortion Law

A pro-life rally taking place Friday night in Dublin will support the premature baby who was victimized by Ireland’s law allowing some abortions. The Pro Life Campaign has strongly criticised the statements from a number of Labour Party TDs demanding wider access to abortion and for Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution to be deleted. The […]

English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this.

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business.… Continue reading The post English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Voting against Muslim candidate 'sinful', Londoners told

Credits: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text: Lutfur Rahman, Labour Party mayor of Tower Hamlets Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets said anyone voting against him would be punished in afterlife, court papers allege One-Minute Read Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Independence Debate

Gordon Brown, the former Labour prime minister and 'part-time' MP for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath, has entered the independence debate via The Scotsman newspaper by suggesting that the UK will become a federal state within two years, if there is a No vote in next month's referendum. Show More Summary

Labour Dinosaur

If you ever wondered why the Labour Party and the Labour supporting unions have such a poor track record on equalities issues, then look not further than this grand old man of Labour politics, Austin Mitchell MP. Now if you ask me the...Show More Summary

North Sea OSVs Liable to Detention if MLC Non-compliant

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international agreement which safeguards the employment rights, working conditions and health care of seafarers, came into force in the UK on 7 August.

'Tickling' your ear could be good for your heart

Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses...Show More Summary

UK Govt Forced To Compensate IT Firm Over Immigration System Disaster

The government has been ordered to compensate an IT firm after an immigration computer system spectacularly failed. The eBorder system was ordered by the Labour government and was supposed to log the passport details and credit card information of everyone entering or leaving the UK. Show More Summary

Ireland: Labour Party Pushes for More Abortion as Premature Baby Clings to Life

The Pro Life Campaign has strongly criticised the statements yesterday from a number of Labour Party TDs demanding wider access to abortion and for Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution to be deleted. The Labour Party calls follow weekend media reports alleging that a pregnant woman who claimed she was suicidal was denied an abortion under […]

Listen: Austin Mitchell’s curious theory about women in power

Where are the Labour sisterhood this morning? Presumably they’re not listening to Woman’s Hour, where one of their Westminster colleagues blamed the ladies for Britain’s paralysis on the world stage.… Continue reading The post Listen: Austin Mitchell’s curious theory about women in power appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cameron off on hols again: 'I can run country by BlackBerry'

Credits: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text: David Cameron and his wife on holiday in Portugal Tabloids and Labour MPs ask why PM is leaving for Cornwall if Islamic State is such a monstrous threat Column The Mole Tuesday, August...Show More Summary

N.Ireland police rescue 20 in human trafficking swoop

Police in Northern Ireland have rescued 20 possible victims of human trafficking in an investigation into labour exploitation, authorities said on Tuesday. Three suspects aged 23, 27 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of "human trafficking, forced labour and slavery and money laundering" the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Show More Summary

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