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Highest number of MPs ever take secular affirmation

The UK has elected the most openly non-religious House of Commons in history, with roughly 40% of MPs during their swearing-in ceremony choosing to take the secular affirmation instead of a religious oath to God, up from 24% after the 2019 election. These include the Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer and 50% of the Cabinet…. Read more »

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MDU urges new government to reform healthcare regulation to boost morale

Responding to today’s general election result, Dr Michael Devlin, Medical Defence Union (MDU) head of professional standards said: “A new government always finds plenty of problems waiting for them on the desk. Sadly, it has become too familiar for us to see a healthcare workforce that is over stretched and under supported. This was reflected… Read more »

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Beveridge’s legacy eight decades on

The historical context Amidst the emergency of World War Two, in 1942 the social reformer Sir William Beveridge proposed a wide-ranging bipartisan agenda for welfare reform that offered glimpses of a brighter domestic future for the war-weary population once the prolonged conflict was over. 2022 marks eighty years since the Beveridge Report was published, a… Read more »

2021 Features Roundup

A selection of Politics.co.uk’s best features from 2021: Trapped: Britain’s cladding crisis A cold Christmas: Quarter of a million children to go hungry this winter The battle for the Green Party’s soul Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election: Should the Conservatives be worried?