Coronavirus case rates at record high in one in six local areas of England

Support us and go ad-free Around one in six areas in England are now reporting their highest rate of new Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases since comparable records began last summer, when mass testing was first introduced in the UK. The list includes almost all local authority areas in north-east England, close to a half in south-west …
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Cyber security across local councils is ‘disjointed and under-resourced’

Support us and go ad-free In the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we’ve been spending more time online. As a result, more of our personal data is also online. There’s also been an increase in certain kinds of cyber attacks since the start of the pandemic. According to an Interpol report, cybercriminals are beginning …
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Cornwall G7 hotel calling itself ‘eco-friendly’ cuts down local trees to host summit

A hotel in Cornwall hosting the G7 in June has cut down trees amid work to build new meeting rooms, prompting backlash from campaigners. The work began at Carbis Bay Hotel without planning permission. However, the council will not make a decision on the retrospective application until after the G7 and work is continuing at …
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As the Tories abandon the fishing industry, local Scottish communities are leading the way

Despite Johnson’s bluster during the final days of Brexit negotiations about ‘taking back control’ of British waters, the UK fishing industry is enraged by his deal with the EU. And Scottish fishermen are particularly angry about it. Because even Rishi Sunak’s £300bn budget ignored Scottish fishing. But while most of that talk focuses on big …
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An ex-fox hunt master is standing for police commissioner. Isn’t it time you checked out your local candidate?

A former army major and ex-fox hunt master is running as the Conservative candidate to become Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon. Jonathon Seed was master of two local hunts for twenty years, from 1992 to 2012. Fox hunting with hounds was made illegal in 2004. Seed, who says that he is “not an …
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A local Labour Party group just ‘boiled some p*ss’. Keir Starmer’s, maybe?

A Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has just passed a motion that the party leadership won’t like. Or, as someone put it, the CLP’s vote is “going to boil some piss”. Let’s hope Keir Starmer’s bladder doesn’t burst when he hears this news. Peace and justice, Corbyn-style The Canary reported on the Project for Peace and …
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More headache for Keir Starmer as yet another Labour group is looking to boycott the local elections

A group of Labour members is planning on not campaigning for the party in the upcoming local elections. But the problem for Keir Starmer is that this isn’t the first group saying it will ‘down tools’ for Labour. And it only adds to his woes. There’s been an ongoing ‘purge‘ of left-wing members from the …
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The UK is lighting up red as labours leadership is challenged by local groups

However, since the EHRC report was published, Jewish Labour Party members have come forwards to accuse Labour of ‘weaponising fears’. A member of Jewish Voice for Labour, a left-wing group of Jewish Labour members, called the ban “grossly insulting”: The latest edict from party HQ, suggesting that Jewish members require a wholesale ban on discussion …
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Strong-arming local Labour Parties just hit new heights. Help us track what’s happening.

The efforts the Labour Party machinery is making to control its Constituency Parties (CLPs) hit new heights on Wednesday 9 December. One media outlet went so far as to call it “Orwellian” as the strong-arming hit fever pitch. Now, The Canary has begun to track these attacks on local parties. And we want you to …
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Local authorities ‘braced for second wave of homelessness’ anticipate ‘absolute train wreck’

Local authorities are braced for an “absolute train wreck” as they anticipate a second wave of homelessness of people hit by the pandemic’s economic fall out, a report warns. Rising demand English councils fear they may run out of emergency accommodation over the winter months, amid concerns that government funding will not be sufficient to …
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