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Divorce ‘blame game’ to end

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Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame one another for the breakdown of their marriage as a Bill that seeks to reduce family conflict enters Parliament today (7 January 2020). …

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ExxonMobil announces investment at Fife ethylene plant. “Public concerns still being ignored” say Action Group

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Mossmorran, Fife – ExxonMobil said today it plans to launch a £140 million additional investment program over the next two years at its Fife ethylene plant to upgrade key infrastructure and introduce new technologies that will significantly improve operational reliability and performance. £140 million investment through 2019 and 2020 will support 850 local construction jobs Additional investment will improve plant reliability and reduce frequency of flaring “These planned investments demonstrate our commitment to long-term reliable operations at the site.” said Jacob McAlister, plant manager at the Fife ethylene plant.

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Conservatives launch “Neutral” billboard. “Talk to both sides” says Corbyn

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The Conservative Party launched a new billboard today, Get Britain out of neutral. The poster was launched at sites in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff. Jeremy Corbyn has claimed he will negotiate a new deal with the EU in three months but then refuse to back his own deal, staying neutral in his own second referendum.

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Labour plans to improve education standards. Plans “undermine education” say Conservatives

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Labour is today (Thursday) announcing a plan to improve education standards for all children after the OECD revealed on Tuesday that school children in Britain are more likely to be miserable compared with children in other countries. Labour Have pledged to: Cap all class sizes at 30 by recruiting nearly 20,000 more teachers Guarantee that every child is taught by a qualified teacher, ensuring around 25,000 currently unqualified staff are fully trained during Labour’s first term in office Ensure teachers will have more time for lesson planning and professional development Invest in ensuring that all school buildings are safe, with a new fund of over £7bn to tackle the backlog of vital but overdue repairs and install safety measures such as sprinklers Close the gap in funding for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with extra funding to reverse deficits in the High Needs Budget Fully reverse cuts to the Pupil Premium, and increase spending on it above inflation to support the most disadvantaged pupils.

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Labour plan to scrap short prison sentences. Conservatives fear “risk to public safety”

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Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, today outlined Labour’s plans to reduce the number of victims of crime and the costs of reoffending by ending ineffective short prison sentences and investing in proven alternatives. Burgon will commit Labour to legislating for a presumption against ineffective custodial sentences of less than six months. This will not apply to those who have committed violent or sexual offences.

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Conservatives pledge to strengthen border security post-Brexit. Plans “groundless” say Labour. “Letting criminals off the hook” say Lib Dems

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The Tory party have announced today that Brexit provides a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the security of the UK border. Once we have left the EU we will be free of EU customs union and free movement rules.However, Diane Abbott, the Labour Party shadow Home secretary called these claims “groundless”.

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