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 the hotel. Environmental campaigners and councillors have condemned the hotel, which calls itself “one of the UK’s best and greenest destinations”, for destroying “historic woodland”, and called for clarity on the situation. Campaigners “horrified” Local people first expressed their anger over trees being cut down in early March. Green Party campaigner Lisa Arthur…

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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 business, it’s smaller fishing communities in Scotland who are leading the way. And that lead could be one that’s sustainable for people in these communities and also their wider environment. Scottish fishing abandoned by the Tories When the ink dried on the Brexit deal, it was clear the damage it had done to…

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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 advocate of political correctness”, still has many close ties to hunting, and to those who promote hunting, in both his business and personal life. Despite this, he has managed to hold on to his position as a Wiltshire councillor. The Canary outlines some of Seed’s connections to fox hunting, and asks the question:…

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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 Justice in December 2020. It’s a global initiative founded by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. It says its mission statement is: To bring people together for social and economic justice, peace, and human rights, in Britain and across the world. The Peace and Justice Project will back campaigns, commission reports and develop progressive…

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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 Labour Party. The party has been removing, among others, Constituency Labour Party (CLP) committee members. This is because of them allowing motions in support of Jeremy Corbyn. So, as The Canary previously reported, some members are taking action. Labour members: ‘exiled’ Suspended chair of South Thanet CLP Norman Thomas helped co-found a new…

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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 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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