Irish ex-PM Ahern will not stand

By staff Ireland’s long-serving former prime minister Bertie Ahern will not contest the upcoming general election, he has confirmed. Mr Ahern, prime minister from 1997 to 2008, told a meeting of his local branch of the Fianna Fáil party that his stepping down from Irish politics had been pre-planned for years. He said: “It… Read more »

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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Rail fares will be rocketing upwards in 2011
Commuter outrage at rail fare hike

By Alex Stevenson Campaigners have reacted furiously after it was confirmed train fares will increase by an average of 6.2% in January. Seasonal rail tickets will rise by an average of 5.8%, with some areas – notably commuters from Kent – paying over double that amount. It means season ticket prices will break the £5,000… Read more »