Tory welfare chief Esther McVey heckled in furious scenes after claiming rape clause ‘supports’ women

Tory welfare chief Esther McVey has been heckled in furious scenes after claiming the infamous ‘rape clause’ will “support” women. Today’s hearing before the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee was halted twice due to interruptions from the public. The first came as Ms McVey argued Universal Credit is a “supportive…

MPs have launched a major new inquiry into ‘deeply troubling’ benefit sanctions

MPs have announced they will launch a major new inquiry into “deeply troubling” problems with the benefit sanctions system. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee will probe the system that has stopped people’s benefits more than 7million times since 2000. Sanctions can be imposed for breaching benefit conditions like attending…

Puma blasted for ‘glamourising’ council estate drug dealing to boost its image at exclusive party

Puma has been accused of “glamourising” council estate drug dealing to boost its image at an exclusive party. The sportswear giant hosted its House of Hustle event in London’s trendy Soho on April 5 – the same night five teenagers were stabbed in the capital in 90 minutes. Photos of…

Ealing Council makes history by banning protesters from gathering outside abortion clinic

A local town hall made history tonight by banning pro-life protesters from gathering outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council’s cabinet voted unanimously for a ‘Public Spaces Protection Order’, creating a safe buffer zone outside a Marie Stopes centre. A row has raged in the west London borough over protesters who…

Sixty-three violent criminals in Category A prison ‘approved for direct release into the community last year’

Sixty three violent criminals were approved for release straight from top-security prisons into the community last year, it has been reported. The shocking figures emerged in the wake of the John Worboys fiasco, who was initially deemed fit for parole before his victims launched a successful legal challege. Justice Secretary…

US EXPELS 60 Russians diplomats as Britain’s allies launch mass purge of Moscow envoys in response to spy attack

Donald Trump is expelling 60 Russian diplomats from the US in a dramatic escalation in the global response to the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal. In a historic move, Britain’s allies round the world – including half of all EU member states – rallied behind Theresa May today with a…

BBC’s David Dimbleby snaps at Tory MP for saying his party suffered more in the Troubles

BBC veteran David Dimbleby snapped tonight at a Tory MP who said the Conservatives suffered “disproportionately” during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Question Time audience members in Leeds applauded after the host confronted Tory Vice Chairman James Cleverly. Ex-Territorial Army Major Mr Cleverly, 48, made the claim after his party…

Jeremy Corbyn says the ‘evidence points towards Russia’ over nerve agent attack

Jeremy Corbyn has said the “evidence points towards Russia” over the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal . The Labour leader responded today to pressure from within his own party to point the finger of blame at Moscow. Backbench MPs and shadow ministers had urged him to unequivocally pin…