General election 2017: Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge

General election 2017: Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge

Labour says it would bring forward its pledge to scrap tuition fees to include students starting university in England this autumn if it wins the election. The party also says students part-way through their courses would not have to pay for the remaining years. It said the cost was factored into the £9.5bn annual bill for scrapping fees. The Tories said more poorer students than ever were going to university, and the Lib Dems said…

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FBI chief sacking: White House denies Comey loyalty pledge

FBI chief sacking: White House denies Comey loyalty pledge

Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House has denied reports that President Donald Trump asked fired FBI Director James Comey to pledge loyalty to him. Press secretary Sean Spicer rejected US media reports that the president sounded out Mr Comey at a private White House dinner in January. According to the newspaper, the now-former FBI director said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty. Mr Trump has faced a backlash…

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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be scrapped and replaced with new laws governing treatment, under Conservative plans for England and Wales. The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against people with mental health problems, the party has pledged. The party is also promising 10,000 more staff working in NHS mental health treatment by 2020. Labour said the Tories appeared to be offering no extra funding. The Conservatives say the plans are…

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Lib Dems pledge 1p income tax rise to fund NHS

Lib Dems pledge 1p income tax rise to fund NHS

A Liberal Democrat government would raise income tax to help fund the NHS and social care, the party has pledged. It said a penny-in-the-pound rise on all income tax bands and on dividends would raise around £6bn a year. The Tories said 30 million people would be hit by the tax rises. Labour said its NHS plans would be in its manifesto. The Lib Dem pledge is complicated by devolution, such as Scotland having its…

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent last month. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said his malpractice was “profoundly shocking”. Baroness Lorely Burt, former Lib Dem MP for Solihull, called for any inquiry to be held in public. Paterson, from…

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