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Tories say other broadcasters could bid for licence fee
Tories back ‘top-slicing’ of licence fee

The BBC should be forced to share the licence fee, the Conservative have said. The party has come out in favour of ‘top-slicing’ the licence fee, with some revenue being handed to other broadcasters to develop key services such as children’s television and current affairs. The “vast bulk” of the £3.2 billion raised by the… Read more »

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New national food strategy offers ‘little more than crumbs’

Responding to the publication of England’s National Food Strategy, Sarah Woolley, General Secretary of the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) said: “With 10 million people across the UK facing food poverty, this new strategy needed to bring meaningful change and recommend a ‘Right to Food’ law, instead it offers little more than crumbs… Read more »

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MDU and CORESS partner to promote safety in surgical practice

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, has launched a new partnership with the Confidential Reporting System for Surgery (CORESS) an independent charity which promotes safety in surgical practice in the NHS and the private sector. Founded in 2005, CORESS receives confidential incident reports from surgeons and theatre staff. These confidential… Read more »

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Smith says 'fundamentally important' govt listens to people
Smith insists government ‘in touch’

A senior Cabinet minister has denied that the government is out of touch with ordinary people. Home secretary Jacqui Smith has insisted the government is listening to the British people after a junior minister said Labour had become an establishment party. Ms Smith is due to launch a new neighbourhood policing plan with Gordon Brown… Read more »