British Politics

Journalists Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce will go head-to-head in a political debate.  Sunderland students and residents will make up the audience at the Hope Street Xchange on November 14, 2022.   University of Sunderland lecturer Neil Macfarlane will chair the event as the two guests field questions for an hour.   Neil Macfarlane said: […]

Reports from The Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the Government may U-turn on its commitment for a smoke-free UK by 2035.  The initial smoking action plan, proposed in the Conservative 2019 manifesto may have been called into question by the current health secretary Thérèse Coffey, according to Whitehall insiders. Those same sources have suggested that […]

Spark gauges Sunderland’s reaction after petition hits half a million mark in just over two months. The petition, created by a member of the public in July 2022, asks for an election citing the ‘chaos of the current Government.’  While the UK is not due to hold another election until 2024, the organiser says in […]

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made his keynote speech at his party conference calling in a new ambitious plan for a potential Labour Government – including the nationalisation of the clean-energy sector. Positioning himself as a Prime Minister in waiting, the Labour leader used his speech to make key policy commitments surrounding the NHS, business, […]


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