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 of anything that touches on the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn in order to feel safe and welcome in the party, is grossly insulting and inflammatory. Using such a justification to invoke the delegated powers of the General Secretary to act against members who stand up for their right to free expression seems calculated…

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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 get involved.Banning dissent?As The Canary previously reported, there have been some dodgy goings-on in Bristol. The SKWAWKBOX wrote that two prominent members of two of the city’s CLPs were suspended. It noted on 25 November that the party had suspended:First the chair and one co-secretary of Bristol West… for allowing a motion – decisively passed – in…

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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 allow them to meet rising demand. A report by the homelessness charity Crisis said councils in England, Scotland, and Wales have seen a continued new flow of people since the pandemic started. Services are now concerned about a newly emerging need for support as the economic impacts of the pandemic push people to…

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COVID-19: comparison of geographic allocation of cases in England by lower tier local authority

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Local tobacco control profiles for England: November 2020 update

The local tobacco control profiles data update for November 2020 has been published by Public Health England (PHE). These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations. The data are presented in an interactive tool that allows users to view them in a user-friendly format. This update contains: four new indicators on smoking prevalence in adults (18+) admitted to treatment for substance misuse (NDTMS) new data for smoking status at time of delivery for 2019 to 2020 new data on deaths from smoking related diseases for the period 2017 to 2019 The short statistical…

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UK Government local coronavirus testing site opens in Edinburgh

A new walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened in Edinburgh. The new facility is being provided by the UK Government as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.The centre, in the Usher Hall, will offer pre-booked tests for those with coronavirus symptoms.The new site is situated so as to be easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.Anyone attending an appointment…

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Local people unite against the ‘hideous far right’ to welcome refugees to Penally

On 15 September, local people in Penally south Wales became aware of the Home Office’s plans to house refugees at a former military training camp. One local person told The Canary that the Home Office’s failure to consult the local community has “given rise to fear, which has manifested itself in some pretty ugly scenes”. And the far right are attempting to exploit these fears. Since the Home Office’s plans became public, anti-refugee groups have gathered outside the camp and clashed with police. But this hate isn’t going unchecked. Because local people are uniting to show solidarity with refugees. A clear message The Canary spoke to local people…

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UK Government local coronavirus testing site opens in Aberdeen

A new walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened in Aberdeen. The new facility is being provided by the UK Government as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.The centre, in the University of Aberdeens Roy Strathdee building, will offer pre-booked tests for those with coronavirus symptoms.The new site is situated so as to be easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing…

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