Labour MP David Lammy caused controversy when he compared the European Research Group - a hard right faction within the Conservative party - to the Nazis and apartheid. As a guest on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Lammy clarified some comments he had made during a pro-Remain rally in March, reports Perspecs. The MP said he could see the statues of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square and compared their fights against fascism and apartheid respectively to his opposition of the hard right Tory faction, saying "we will not give into the ERG". When asked if he had made an "unacceptable comparison" with his comments, the MP said the comparison was "not strong enough". He argued that the debate over the UK leaving the EU had allowed hard right views to grow and gain support. ERG leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the comparison was "senseless" and argued it was "patently not true". The Claim Writing in The Independent, Sunny Hundal said Lammy's comparison was "spot on" and … [Read more...] about Did David Lammy go too far comparing the ERG to Nazis?
Mastercard could soon owe nearly every adult in Britain £300. The startling revelation has emerged after a court ruling paved the way for a £14bn class action lawsuit. Almost every adult in the UK could receive a payout of up to £300. It doesn't matter how much you spent or what you purchased - if you were over 16, a resident in the UK for at least three months between 1992 and 2008 and bought an item or service from a UK business that accepted Mastercard, you could be owed money. Former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks is attempting to bring legal action against the company on behalf of around 46 million people. He claims millions of customers paid higher prices in shops because of allegedly excessive transaction fees charged by Mastercard. If the claim wins, almost every adult in the UK could be owed £300 from the card giant, even if you have never owned a credit card. Mr Merricks' proposed class action was thrown out in July 2017 but senior judges ruled … [Read more...] about Mastercard could soon owe you £300
Everyone with a Mastercard in the UK could be in for a mini windfall following a "landmark" court rulling. Millions of UK consumers could receive a payout of up to £300 after the Court of Appeal a damages claim for £14 billion brought against the card giants has been revived. Former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks is trying to bring legal action against Mastercard on behalf of an estimated 46.2 million people over claims they paid more money in shops in an almost two-decade long period allegedly due to Mastercard's transaction fees. Mr Merricks original claim in 2017 was thrown out by a specialist tribunal who ruled that the claim was "not suitable to be brought in collective proceedings". However on Tuesday, April 16, senior judges found that the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) had applied the wrong legal test in deciding whether to give the claim the go-ahead. The proposed claim will now return to the CAT who will then have to reconsider their original decision and … [Read more...] about Everyone with a Mastercard could get money back
Brit holidaymakers hoping to catch some spring sun in Spain over Easter could see their plans disrupted as strikes begin in Spanish airports. Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and Unión General de Trabajadores are preparing to host strikes which would see 60,000 ground handling airport staff staging a series of walk outs. The unions have said that the industrial action would affect all Spanish airports and falls during holiday seasons as millions head to the country's resorts for pre-summer R&R. According to the Mirror , the news follows a dispute between the unions and company Aseata over the pay and conditions for staff, including specific clauses regarding workers who are transferred from one company to another. Despite entering negotiations through organisation SIMA (Interconfederal Service of Mediation and Arbitration), USO have since confirmed in a statement that an agreement has not been reached so are planning to host the walkouts. The walk outs are currently planned … [Read more...] about Holidaymakers heading to Spain for Easter could face travel chaos
As the third anniversary of Brexit approaches, and still nothing is resolved, Britain is deeply divided. A new poll by the M.E.N's sister title The Mirror shows a staggering 82 per cent of people feel our country is divided – with 72 per cent saying that has increased since the EU referendum. Almost one in ten people (8%) say they are arguing with family or friends about Brexit several times a week. One in four people say they feel angry with people who voted the opposite way to them on Brexit day, and over half (55%) say people have become less tolerant since the vote. Meanwhile, an incredible 79 per cent of people have lost faith in British politics. But the good news is that people also want to come back together. 82 per cent wish the UK was more united. And 60 per cent would like to be able to chat to someone with an opposing view without anyone shouting. That’s why today, the Mirror and the Daily Express and dozens of Reach PLC regional newspapers including the M.E.N … [Read more...] about Britain Talks