Today is October 4th, 2021. On March 3rd, Sarah Everard was walking home, near Clapham Common. She was abducted, raped and strangled by an officer in the Metropolitan Police Force. He burned her body and dumped what was left in a pond. On September 17th, Sabine Nessa was walking to the pub in Kidbrooke. She […]
Driver shortages have a huge knock on as nearly 500 jobs lost in Derbyshire as logistics firms struggle to operate with a lack of drivers.
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Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for nostalgia may not extend to leading the country into a new Winter of Discontent.
As Britain’s supply chain crisis restricts the distribution of chemicals, the government allows water companies to dump untreated sewage into rivers.
On the day Nadine takes up her new post as Minister of Culture, we thought we would remind you of some of her sterling work.
Farmers in Lincolnshire are being badly affected by broken supply chains. Brexit has led to a shortage of seasonal workers and lorry drivers.
Tory party receives £150k donation two days after Robert Jenrick decides in favour of a planning application for 625 new homes near Ledbury.
Boris Johnson promised to level up the Red Wall seats. Nearly two years after the election, let’s take a look at how he’s getting on.
Is there really going to be a battle for our booze? We love it, don’t we? Whether we’re out on the lash (hey kids, always drink responsibly) or hunkering down in front of Call The Midwife with a warming glass of Malbec, I don’t think anyone would try and deny that we love our booze. […]
One of a series of articles addressing the UK’s haulage and looming supply chain crisis. Central Bylines has already written about the UK’s shortage of HGV drivers. According to the Road Haulage Association, the profession is about 100,000 drivers short. In brief this is mainly because European drivers formerly based in the UK have returned […]
Supermarket shortages deepen as Britain’s supply chain is on the brink of collapse.
Falling numbers of HGV drivers while demand rises could lead to rolling shortages in UK shops.
Here at Central Bylines, we have been tapping our foot impatiently. Our East Midlands Tory MPs (on whom we generally rely for a regular supply of comedy pratfalls) have been suspiciously quiet of late. Luckily, the imminent arrival of silly season seems to have prodded them into life. All of which we have faithfully recorded […]
In May, Central Bylines reported on the trial of West Mercian police officers, Benjamin Monk and Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith for the murder, manslaughter and actual bodily harm of professional footballer Dalian Atkinson in 2016. Atkinson, 48 years old at the time of his death, had played for several clubs, most notably Aston Villa with whom […]
The National Audit Office’s second report on test and trace services in England does not make for reassuring reading.
In 2019 Serco was found to have “engaged in quite deliberate fraud against the Ministry of Justice.” It had already repaid £68.5 million to the government in overcharges and was subsequently fined £19.2 million for fraud and false accounting over its electronic tagging service. It also had to pay the Serious Fraud Office’s costs of £3.7 million. It still has the contract.
A Chesterfield-based charity supporting street children in Uganda has had its only international development grant withdrawn when the government cut foreign funding from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent gross national income (GNI). S.A.L.V.E. International S.A.L.V.E. International is a Chesterfield/Ugandan charity, aimed at supporting homeless and out-of-school children in Uganda. It was founded by a group […]
Back in November last year, Central Bylines posted a profile of Lee Anderson which concluded that Ashfield, his constituency, deserved better than the Labour-turned-Tory-turned-antiwoke-warrior as an MP. Seven months later, we thought we’d see how he’s getting on. Is Ashfield getting a better service from its MP these days? If what you want from your […]
SureScreen offered the tests to the government nearly a year ago but they were ignored. Addressing the government’s response to their approach, David Campbell, one of the directors, said, “We’ve done our best to engage with the government. There’s been tentative interest but unfortunately we haven’t had any good dialogue.”
The recent Queen’s Speech saw Her Majesty announce the arrival of the government’s Online Safety Bill, which has now been published in draft form. The much-anticipated bill has been in the pipeline since 2019 when Theresa May’s government brought forward a white paper as a response to the death of Molly Russell. Russell, a 14 […]