Sturgeon’s Subtle Shift Hints At Uphill Struggle


Here is the latest UK Political News from Sky News.

Sturgeon’s Subtle Shift Hints At Uphill Struggle
Nicola Sturgeon was addressing her party faithful today, attacking the “disgraceful” and “reckless” Tories for inflicting Brexit on an unwilling Scotland.

SNP Presses For New Look At Independence
Nicola Sturgeon has signalled her determination to push again for an independent Scotland in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Govt Urged To Act To Save Refugee Children
One year after the death of a Syrian boy whose image prompted a global outcry about the refugee crisis, the Government is facing calls to boost action to help asylum seekers.

Junior Doctors’ Dispute Is May’s First Big Test
An hour or so after the British Medical Association announced strike dates for October, November and December, I was in Downing Street when Philip Hammond emerged from the front door of No. 11.

Senior Doctors Condemn Plans For New Strikes
Britain’s most senior doctors have dramatically condemned plans by their junior colleagues for a series of five-day strikes.

Labour MP Praises JK Rowling For Corbyn Criticism
JK Rowling’s continued attacks on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have received the backing of a senior MP.

Southern Rail Gets £20m Fund To Fix Disruption
A new £20m fund has been unveiled to improve Southern rail services and “get to grips” with problems on the beleaguered network.

British Airways Resumes Flights To Tehran
British Airways has resumed direct flights to Iran after a nearly four year suspension following the lifting of sanctions on the country.

‘Glaring Democratic Deficiencies’ In Referendum
Voters were left feeling “ill-informed” and disengaged by the EU referendum debate because of “glaring democratic deficiencies”, a new report has found.

PM Vows To Help Brits ‘Who Just About Manage’
The Prime Minister is to launch her social reform crusade with a pledge to make life easier for people “who just about manage”.

£35m Boost For Car Sector To Create 3,000 Jobs
A pledge by Theresa May to boost economic growth in Britain’s regions is to get into gear with a £35m Government investment in the car industry in the West Midlands.

Junior Doctors To Stage Five Days Of Strikes
Junior doctors are to stage further industrial action in the row over the contract for training medics.

Junior Doctors Could Walk Out Every Month
Junior doctors could go on strike for a week every month for the rest of the year, as the row over a new contract being imposed by the Government escalates.

Pregnancy Discrimination At Work On The Rise
MPs have uncovered a “shocking” increase in discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers.

Poll Boost For Corbyn Ahead Of Leadership Vote
Jeremy Corbyn appears to be well ahead of his rival Owen Smith in the first poll of those entitled to vote in the Labour leadership election.

Brexit To Dominate Cabinet’s Chequers Away Day
Brexit will dominate a special Cabinet away day at Chequers as Theresa May and her ministers meet for the first time since their summer break.

Senior Corbyn Ally Wants To Scrap Expenses For MPs
One of Jeremy Corbyn’s top team has proposed that MPs should no longer claim expenses but receive an automatic allowance.

May Facing Legal Challenge Over Triggering Brexit
With Theresa May now back to business after the summer the big question is when she will trigger Article 50 – the legal mechanism for exiting the EU.

Seven New Badger Cull Licences Approved
Extra badger culling pilots are being rolled out to additional parts of the country to tackle tuberculosis in cattle.

Workers ‘Could Lose Rights’ In Wake Of Brexit
Workers could lose many of their employment rights in the wake of Brexit unless the Government passes new laws to protect them, a senior Labour MP has warned.

Hollande: Brexit Talks Must End By 2019
Talks on Britain leaving the European Union should be finished by 2019, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Cameron ‘Increased Advisers’ Pay By Up To 24%’
David Cameron gave some of his special advisers large pay rises just months before they were handed generous severance packages, according to a report.

Twenty Amputations A Day Linked To Diabetes
The number of diabetes-related amputations in England has reached an all-time high of 20 a day, according to new analysis.

Rudd Rejects Calls To Scrap Calais Border Deal
The Home Secretary will bluntly reject calls to scrap the border deal between Britain and France when she meets her French counterpart in Paris later.

Brown Urges Senate To Replace House Of Lords
Gordon Brown is calling for the House of Lords to be replaced by an elected senate and for more powers for the Scottish Parliament after the Brexit vote.

Corbyn Pledges To Tackle UK’s Digital Divide
Jeremy Corbyn is to promise a digital revolution to improve broadband and other internet services for the public – as well as reboot Labour’s campaigning for the next general election.

HMS Daring To Help In Fight Against IS
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that HMS Daring will soon be supporting the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Boundary Review Could Cost Labour 30 Seats
A review of constituency boundaries, which aims to reduce the number of MPs, will hit Labour much harder than the Tories, according to research.

PM In Push To Gear Up Cabinet For Brexit
The Prime minister has signalled there will be no slowing down with plans for Britain to leave the EU.

Smith Slammed Over Vow To End Homelessness
A pledge to end homelessness within five years has been branded “outlandish” and “insulting” by a group of volunteers who serve meals on the streets.

Green Wants Deal On BHS Pension
Sir Philip Green is seeking assurances that regulators will abandon a probe into‎ BHS’s vast pension deficit if he makes a “voluntary” financial contribution to the retirement pots of thousands of the collapsed chain’s former employees.

Brexit Not Inevitable, Ex Whitehall Chief Says
Former cabinet secretary Gus O’Donnell has said Brexit is not inevitable – especially if the EU undergoes reforms to make it less closely aligned.

McGuinness: ‘I Will Deal With’ Questions On Past
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has told Sky News he’s ready to answer any questions about his past if new truth and justice structures are established in Northern Ireland.

PM: Does Race Affect Access To Services?
Theresa May has launched an audit of Whitehall departments to find out how people from different races are treated by Britain’s public services.

Labour Arranges Security For Party Conference
Labour says OCS Group will provide security at its party conference next month after concerns the event could be cancelled.

Hinkley Point ‘Not Essential’ For UK Energy
A new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point is not needed for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, a report claims.

Household Spending Buoyed Economy Before EU Vote
The UK economy grew by 0.6% between April and June despite predictions of a pre-Brexit impact, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show.

NHS Crisis: Why Are Services Under Threat?
Experts have warned there could be a “glut” of NHS services shut down as providers face a £23bn national funding deficit.

NHS Crisis: A&Es And Hospitals Face Closure
The NHS is drawing up plans to close services including A&E departments and district hospitals.

Hospital Services Face Closure – NHS Chief
A glut of hospital services could be forced to shut down because of the huge financial strain on the NHS, a health expert has warned.

Labour Conference ‘In Peril’ Over Security Row
Security firm G4S says it has rejected an approach by Labour to cover its conference, sparking fears it could be cancelled.

Corbyn Back On Train – But Did He Find A Seat?
His smile looks a little unconvincing, but there is no denying that Jeremy Corbyn appears happier than he did two weeks ago.

Do You Have A Question For Corbyn Or Smith?
Do you fancy putting a question to Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith?

Net Migration Remains Close To Record Levels
Net long-term migration to the UK has fallen slightly, but remains close to record levels, official figures show.

Nigel Farage Appears On Stage With Trump
Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has appeared alongside Donald Trump to give a speech at a rally in Mississippi.

Brexit Triggers Stampede For UK Citizenship
The number of eastern Europeans seeking UK citizenship post-Brexit has gone up, according to a London advice centre.

Farage And Trump ‘To Appear On Stage Together’
Nigel Farage has told Sky News he will appear on stage with Donald Trump in the US tonight to discuss “The Brexit Story”.

Radical Corbyn’s Uneasy Media Relationship
Jeremy Corbyn has an uneasy relationship with most of the “mainstream” news media.

Train Row: Angry Corbyn Clashes With Reporter
A visibly angry Jeremy Corbyn has clashed with a Sky News reporter who asked him questions about his row with Virgin Trains.

Ban Microbeads In Shower And Beauty Products – MPs
Cosmetic companies should be banned from using plastic microbeads in their products to protect marine wildlife and the human food chain, a new report has warned.

Zola Budd Citizenship Row Split Government
A campaign to fast-track British citizenship for South African runner Zola Budd triggered a major Government rift, previously unseen files reveal.

Smith Denies Calling Corbyn A ‘Lunatic’
Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has denied calling rival Jeremy Corbyn a “lunatic”.

Two Months On – And Still No Brexit Plan
Two months on from the tumult, it might seem that calm and normality has returned to British politics.

Owen Smith Pledges To Block Brexit If He Wins
Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith says he would block Brexit until the Government offers a second vote.

Corbyn: NHS Money For Patients Not Contractors
Jeremy Corbyn is to pledge cash for “patients not contractors” as he sets out plans to “renationalise” the NHS and end “privatisation” on Wednesday.

Southern Rail Staff To Stage 48-Hour Strike
Workers at Southern Railway are going to stage a 48-hour walkout next month in the long-running row over train guards.

Virgin Casts Doubt On Corbyn’s Train Claim
Virgin Trains has taken issue with Jeremy Corbyn after he complained in a video about “completely ram-packed” carriages on a service between London and Newcastle.

Oxfam Hits Out At UK Govt Over Saudi Arms Sales
Oxfam will today accuse the Government of being in “denial and disarray” over weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

MPs To Quiz Chancellor Over Help To Buy ISAs
Philip Hammond will be asked to justify the terms of the Government’s controversial Help to Buy ISAs, the chairman of the Treasury Select Committee has said.

Ofsted Chair Quits In Wake Of ‘Ghetto’ Comments
The chairman of education watchdog Ofsted has resigned after calling the Isle of Wight a “ghetto” where there was “inbreeding”.

Euro Leaders Outline Vision Of EU Without UK
Europe’s most powerful leaders have outlined their vision of the EU without the UK.

Reports Cite Fears Over Seven-Day NHS Plan
The NHS may not have enough skilled staff to deliver the Government’s high-profile seven-day service plan, according to a number of reports.

No Cap On Honours For Team GB’s Rio Heroes
There is no formal cap on the number of honours available for Team GB’s Olympic athletes and coaches, Downing Street has said.

Smith Pledges More Power For Labour Members
Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has pledged to give more power to party members and allow them to have final sign-off on manifesto pledges.

Dugdale Backs Smith For Labour Leadership
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has endorsed Owen Smith in the party’s leadership contest.

EU Leaders To Discuss Post-Brexit Gameplan
A tiny island off the west coast of Italy is the unusual but symbolic setting for a summit of three key European leaders today.

Corbyn’s Power Pledge As Ballot Papers Sent Out
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the “magic circle” of Westminster to be broken and the views of “ordinary people” to be heard, as the first ballot papers in the leadership contest are due to go out.

Extremist Inmates To Be Held In Separate Units
Convicted extremists who promote terror and violence will be isolated from the rest of the prison population under new plans to be announced by the Government.

Sadiq Khan Calls On Labour To Ditch Corbyn
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on fellow party members to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Smith: Manchester Olympic Parade ‘Tokenistic’
Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has described the decision to hold an Olympic parade in Manchester as “tokenistic”.

Manchester To Host Olympics Homecoming Parade
Manchester has been chosen to stage a homecoming parade “fit for heroes” for Team GB’s triumphant Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Call To Hold Team GB Parade Outside London
Celebrations to mark Team GB’s spectacular medals haul in Rio should be held outside the capital rather than with “a bloody parade around London for American tourists”, a former sports minister has argued.

UK Public Finances Worse Than Expected
The UK government recorded a lower than expected budget surplus of £1bn last month despite a boost from corporation tax, official figures show.

Bulk Data Interception ‘Vital’ For Security
Controversial powers for the bulk collection of data are crucial to the nation’s security, an independent review has found.

Labour Must Woo Voters ‘Tempted’ By Tories
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has admitted the party will have to win over “some people that have been tempted to vote Tory” to have a chance of gaining power.

Corbyn Allies Slammed Over ‘Intolerable’ Attacks
Tom Watson has expressed concerns that Labour Party staff are being “publicly attacked and undermined” by allies of Jeremy Corbyn.

Councils Attack UK Response To Child Refugees
Ministers and party leaders have been criticised for not doing enough to help unaccompanied refugee children stranded in Calais.

What Can The Government Do About Sir Philip?
The BHS saga has led to teeth-baring and cage rattling from MPs, but there’s little they can do to disrupt the holiday plans of Sir Philip Green.

‘Urgent Action’ Needed On Race Inequality
Black people are more than twice as likely to be murdered in Britain, according to a new report which claims deep-rooted race inequality needs urgent action.

Sir Philip Urged To Stop ‘Swanning About’
Sir Philip Green has been urged to stop “swanning about” on his yacht, get on a private plane and sort out the BHS crisis.

Homeless Given ‘Meaningless Advice’ Say MPs
Local councils have come under fire for too often giving homeless people “ineffectual and meaningless advice”, according to MPs.

A-Level Results ‘Volatility’ Warning
Thousands of students are preparing to collect their A-level results amid warnings of “greater volatility” in this year’s marks.

Obesity Action Plan Is ‘Missed Opportunity’
Health campaigners have accused the Government of an “unforgivable missed opportunity” to curb childhood obesity.

Team GB Threat To Leave.EU Over Olympic Video
Leave.EU has been threatened with legal action by Team GB for using images of Olympic medallists as part of its Brexit campaign.

Bullying Report: Tory Activist Had 13 ‘Victims’
Thirteen people have been identified as victims of alleged bullying, harassment or inappropriate conduct by a former Tory activist.

Unemployment At Lowest Level In Eight Years
Unemployment continued to fall in the run-up to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, official figures show.

Germany Hints At EU ‘Special Status’ For UK
The UK could retain “special status” with the European Union when it negotiates a post-Brexit deal, a German minister has said.

Does Corbyn’s Ant And Dec Fail Really Matter?
“I cannot name them, I’m really sorry” Jeremy Corbyn struggles and fails.

Let’s Get IS Round Table For Talks, Says Smith
Owen Smith has been criticised as “naive” for suggesting that the West should negotiate with Islamic State.

Olympic Cycling Star Skinner Snubs Leave.EU
Cycling double Olympic medallist Callum Skinner has asked Leave EU not to use a picture of his medal-winning moment to promote the Brexit campaign.

Tax Avoidance Scheme ‘Peddlers’ To Face Fines
Accountancy firms and banks who “peddle” tax avoidance schemes could soon face hefty fines under new Government proposals.

European Union Tops Poll As UK’s Main Concern
The European Union has become the most important issue facing the UK today for the first time, according to a new poll conducted after the EU referendum.

Blairite Group Builds Up Corbyn Fighting Fund
A new group of leading Blairite figures has amassed a battle fund of more than £250,000 to fund campaigners against Jeremy Corbyn.

Rail Fare Hike Sparks Renationalisation Call
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for the renationalisation of the railways after it was confirmed prices will go up by 1.9% from January.

PM Writes Letter To China To Allay Trade Fear
Theresa May has written to the Chinese President signalling she wants to strengthen the UK’s trading relationship with China amid the unease over the £18bn Hinkley nuclear deal.

Dementia Care ‘Postcode Lottery’ Revealed
People with dementia face huge disparities in care quality depending on where in the country they live, it has emerged.

Children’s Healthcare At ‘Breaking Point’
Children’s healthcare in the UK is at “breaking point” because of staff shortages, leading doctors have warned.

Inflation Figures To Bring Fresh Train Fare Rises
The UK’s inflation rate for July is expected to remain unchanged at 0.5% when official figures are released by the Office for National Statistics later this morning.

Corbyn Wins Big Among Local Labour Parties
Jeremy Corbyn has won the backing of 85% of Labour’s grassroots supporters, cementing his position as favourite to win the leadership contest.

UKIP Leadership Candidate Quits Race
A UKIP leadership candidate has stepped down saying he was not prepared to “court controversy in order to gain column inches” to grab the top job.

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