News Brief

  • January 7, 2016

    The majority of the British people say that the use of electronic balloting to vote for industrial action is appropriate, according to a poll commissioned from YouGov and published by the TUC yesterday, ahead of the second reading of the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords next week.

  • January 6, 2016

    SEX AND SENSIBILITY: SALLY HITCHINER AND PETER TATCHELL IN CONVERSATION 23rd February, 6.30pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP.

  • January 6, 2016

    Last night, (5 January) the Housing and Planning Bill was debated in the House of Commons, though anybody who wasn't personally involved, or relies on broadcast media for their news, could be forgi

  • January 6, 2016

    Civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting which is tearing Yemen apart, with casualties now topping 8,100, with nearly 2,800 fatalities, amid Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, shelling by Houthi groups and other clashes, the United Nations reported yesterday.

  • January 6, 2016

    A UK Government minister was repeatedly asked yesterday by Members of Parliament to condemn the execution of protesters last weekend in Saudi Arabia, and to publish secret agreements signed between the UK and Saudi governments, but refused to do either.

  • January 6, 2016

    New research has found that more than one in four adults in Scotland who are responsible for paying rent or a mortgage are worried about covering the cost of their housing in 2016.

  • January 5, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.

  • January 5, 2016

    Britain has begun the year by abandoning its strategy on the death penalty which had been in place since 2010, as executions in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan hit record numbers.

  • January 4, 2016

    Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.

  • January 4, 2016

    Quaker work is often hidden from the public gaze. As the year draws to a close, Quakers in Britain have "lifted the curtain" for a look at some 2015 initiaives which have quietly made a difference to areas of conflict, or sowed seeds of change in local communities.