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UK trade union and political party membership over 10 years

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members

UK politics: The main parties have lost thousands of members between 2003 and 2013

UK politics is like a horror show at the moment scary for some, exciting for others. Conventional wisdom says that’s because people have lost faith in politics.

But, after crunching some figures from the House of Commons Library and the Certification Officer, I have uncovered a more nuanced story. Read More…

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Thatcher ‘wiped out’ the West Midlands claims senior Tory MP

Independent thinker: Sir Peter Tapsell will not run in the 2015 General Election

Independent thinker: The Tory MP Sir Peter Tapsell will not run in the 2015 General Election

A senior Tory MP and outgoing father of the House of Commons Sir Peter Tapsell has slammed Thatcherism for destroying the UK’s industry and ‘wiping out the West Midlands’.

Tapsell, who recently announced that he will not run in next general election, told the Telegraph that he loathed attending shadow cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership of the Conservative Party and criticised her administration’s economic policies while in office. Read More…

Coventry City Councillor claims BBC spreads ‘propaganda’

Social media fight: Bally Singh made the remarks on Twitter

Social media fight: Bally Singh made the claims on Twitter

A Coventry City Councillor started a spat with one of the BBC’s most well-known journalists after he accused “Auntie” of spreading “propaganda”.

Bally Singh, a Labour Councillor who represents Whoberley, claimed the BBC was no different to RT – a Russian government funded TV station which has been slammed for being a “mouthpiece of the Kremlin”. Read More…

Coventry minimum wage workers set for inflation beating pay rise

Cost of living: The increase will be welcomed by hard pressed workers

Cost of living: The 3% increase will be welcomed by hard pressed employees as it outstrips CPI inflation

Low paid workers in Coventry are set to benefit from an inflation beating 3% rise in the UK’s National Minimum Wage.

The news comes after the Low Pay Commission recommended a hike in the NMW, which currently stands at £6.31 per hour, for adults across the country. Read More…

Tory peer slams Coventry schools over engineering

Need to attract youngsters: Lord Baker claimed schools are not doing enough

Need to attract youngsters: Tory Peer Lord Baker claimed Coventry schools are not doing enough

A Tory peer has slammed Coventry schools for not encouraging students to work for the region’s most well-known manufacturer.

Lord Baker, a former Secretary of State for Education,  told members of the House of Lords that Jaguar’s planned university technical college is being built because the city’s schools “just do not produce youngsters who want to work” for the car maker. Read More…

Bishop of Coventry quizzes government on Syrian civil war

Worrying situation: The Bishop of Coventry cited Amnesty International research

Worrying situation in Syria: The Bishop of Coventry cited Amnesty International research

The Bishop of Coventry has quizzed the government on what assessment it has made of Amnesty International’s report into the Syrian civil war. 

Christopher Cocksworth, who penned a written question in the House of Lords, asked Baroness Northover about the organisation’s study. Read More…

SYRIA DECISION: Coventry MPs vote against Cameron

A historic vote: The UK parliament has voted against intervention in Syria

MPs voted down motion: The UK parliament has voted against proposed military intervention in Syria

All Coventry MPs voted against the government’s proposal for UK military intervention in Syria in the House of Commons late last night.

The Prime Minister’s motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes. Read More…