Ayes to the Left podcast: Why Britain’s towns are the key election battleground

Towns used to be great places to live with a strong sense of community, thriving high streets, lots of green spaces and good local amenities. But while our cities are booming, the towns have become left behind. Too often our towns have ageing populations, a lack of jobs and opportunities…

As firms are forced to reveal hourly wages of both sexes, is your company minding the pay gap?

Britain’s biggest companies had until midnight last night to publish their gender pay gaps. Any firm or public sector body with 250 or more staff had to reveal the difference between the women’s and men’s average hourly earnings. The figures show only a handful of firms (8%) treated women equally…

Theresa May strikes a dud note on Brexit: Mirror Politics morning briefing – Jason Beattie

In an otherwise assured performance from Theresa May yesterday there was one phrase which jarred. The Prime Minister declared that on Brexit “people are coming back together”. It is not entirely clear whether this was wishful thinking or based on research which runs contrary to all other available evidence. While…

MPs demand Theresa May award black war hero the Military Cross 100 years after he died

More than 100 MPs have written to the Prime Minister demanding a black war hero is posthumously awarded the Military Cross. The cross-party alliance says Walter Tull was overlooked for the honour despite his gallantry on the Western Front. Walter, a former Totthenham footballer, was the first black officer to…

The number of children stuck in temporary accommodation has soared to its worst level in a decade

More children are living in poverty and being brought up in homeless households, shocking new figures revealed today. Government statistics show the number of children in poverty rose by 100,000 last year to 4.1million. And the number of children living in temporary accommodation increased by 75% since 2010 when the…