A Labour party report has revealed only 4% of London council blocks over 30 metres high have sprinklers. Data shows that only 32 out of 837 high-rise council blocks have sprinkler systems. This is despite a coroner suggesting retro-fitting all councils install sprinklers after the Lakanal House fire in 2009. https://twitter.com/LabourSJ/status/1065931521796771841 Councils across the city pledged to install sprinkler systems after the Grenfell fire. When the Grenfell fire occurred in 2016, only nine tower blocks were fitted with sprinklers, however, since the fire, only 23 blocks have seen the systems installed. Earlier this year, Sajid Javid said the government would do everything they could to would help councils with the cost of installing sprinkler systems. So far ...
Durham University student, Matthew Hedges, was sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates for spying. Amnesty International UK’s foreign expert Polly Truscott told Voice of London: “Matthew is just the latest person to experience the appalling injustice of a sham Emirati trial - local human rights activists, political critics and even Emirati judges and lawyers have all been convicted in similar circumstances.” “We’d like to see a far more robust position from the UK in defence of human rights across the entire Gulf region.” Hedges was conducting research on the UAE’s involvement in the Arab Spring and its security policies. He was arrested at Dubai airport on May 5thon his way back from a research trip in the UAE. In October, he was officially convicted of espi
Almost half of employers (48%) who offer internships report offering unpaid placements according to The Sutton Trust study. The report – Pay As You Go - says that 39% of graduates in their twenties have done an internship, including half (46%) of young graduates under 24. Of those graduates who have completed an internship, over a quarter (27%) of them did so with no pay. Media and the arts internships (fashion, theatre, tv, journalism etc.) are the most underpaid, with up to 86% on offer unpaid. Only 31% of working-class graduates had taken an internship compared to 43% of middle-class graduates. The report found that middle class graduates were more likely to be funded by parents, have savings or use personal connections to obtain internships. In comparison, those from wo
A Daily Telegraph journalist was found dead on Thursday night after she went missing. Thames Valley Police has revealed that the body believed to be of Florence Waters,33, was on land near Thame. Waters born in Hammersmith, West London, was an arts writer for the Telegraph. When she went missing last Monday, a search across the country was carried out. “The death is not believed to be suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner”, the police added. In a tweet, the Telegraph said to be “deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague”. https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/1065916841749606400 The inquest heard in a statement from a pathologist who carried out a post mortem examination Waters' body, that the cause of death was consistent with hypothermia and that ther