Pressure piling on Boris Johnson to get HS2 back on track for the north

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from city leaders to sign off the government’s flagship high-speed rail project. Political leaders from the North and Midlands have demanded he must “unleash the potential” of the regions. West Midlands mayor Andy Street, Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and Leeds council leader Judith Blake warned the Prime Minister that voters would be “watching and […]

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Democrat Bloomberg vows to narrow wealth gap for black Americans

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Sunday pledged to narrow the wealth gap between black and white Americans by boosting black ownership of homes and businesses and investing in poor neighborhoods. Bloomberg, a late entry to the Democratic nomination contest, is rising in public opinion polls as he uses his vast personal fortune to spend heavily on advertising […]

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Proposed opposition alliance hoping Tan Cheng Bock's Progress Singapore Party will split PAP vote in election

SINGAPORE – The proposed opposition group, which has yet to register its alliance, is hoping Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s Progress Singapore Party (PSP) will split the People’s Action Party vote in the next election which is due by April 2021. Speaking to the media on Sunday (Jan 19), Mr Tan Jee Say, who leads the Singaporeans First party (SingFirst), described Dr Tan’s […]

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Back to the future: Past may haunt Labour leadership hopefuls

Labour’s first public hustings showed this leadership contest will be fought in the shadows of the big political issues that have dominated the party in recent years. In the generally mild-mannered event in Liverpool – where members submitted questions for the chair to read out, rather than ask them in person – antisemitism was one of the few areas to […]

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10 things we learned from the first Labour leadership hustings

The five candidates for Labour leader have clashed over anti-Semitism, Brexit and more in the first hustings of the contest. The wide-ranging 90-minute debate in Liverpool was the first of a string of events before nominations from local parties and affiliates close mid-February. Members will then vote for a winner declared on April 4. Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy, […]

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Trump adds legal heavyweights Starr, Dershowitz to impeachment team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump turned to some legal heavyweights to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. The team defending the Republican president will be led by White House counsel […]

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Flap with Warren knocks Sanders' strategy off course

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The best-laid plans of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders were upended this week – and his campaign is struggling to get back on track. Sanders went into the week looking to draw a sharper contrast between his progressive agenda and that of former Vice President Joe Biden, a moderate and his top rival for the Democratic nomination. […]

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