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Poorer areas that backed Tories face fresh funding cuts as cash switched to wealthy southern regions
Poorer areas that delivered Boris Johnson’s election triumph are facing fresh cuts to local services – as funds are switched to wealthy Southern shires instead.
Hundreds of millions of pounds will be diverted because of a new formula which significantly downgrades the importance of deprivation in assessing need, an analysis shows.
The shake-up will hurt high-profile Tory election gains including Workington, Stoke-on-Trent, Grimsby, West Bromwich, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland and Redcar, it shows.
Iain Duncan Smith has complained about “democracy-hating thugs” spraying messages on the door of his local Tory HQ. The slogan “Tory cuts kill” was scrolled across his door and “Tories out” was sprayed on his window.
This happened as a video emerged of Tory chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, admitting that most Tory MPs do not care about the NHS. To make matters worse a collective of NHS doctors and nurses also released a video stating there have been 120,000 avoidable deaths under the Conservative austerity measures. They went on to ask the public not to vote them in again. We have combined both videos for you to watch below.
Of course since Iain Duncan Smith was formerly in charge of the DWP it could well be that the vandals were referring to those ‘fit to work’ deaths associated with his department.
He has called for opposition candidates to condemn the “intimidation and criminal behaviour” and added that it would not stop his team from campaigning.
Boris Johnson was booed by an angry medical student as he left a Cambridge hospital while on a visit, where he set himself a new Brexit deadline of leaving the EU by January “at the absolute latest”.
The prime minister appeared to get a frosty reception at Addenbrooke’s hospital, where staff were not given advance warning of his visit and national media were not invited to attend.
He was confronted by Julia Simons, a 23-year-old medical student, who later criticised him for using the hospital for a “PR stunt”. “Staff were not informed even when he was in the hospital. He was too cowardly to face the uncensored opinions of staff because we know the reality the effects of his government’s and party’s policies on patients,” she said afterwards.
If you’re a disabled person living in Shropshire you may want to think twice when voting because all your MPs are Tories.
More than a fifth of claimants have had their disability benefits stopped under a new system, new figures have revealed.
Almost a quarter of people in Shropshire have lost out on support, and nearly a fifth in Telford & Wrekin and Powys.
In Shropshire, 24 per cent of claimants failed the assessment for PIP, while 23 per cent failed in Powys and 20 per cent in Telford.
Charity Scope said that many disabled people are “losing out on vital support” under the new system, which it says is beset with problems.
None of the Tory Shropshire MPs had anything to say about it.
A spokesperson said: “It is deeply worrying that so many disabled people are losing out on vital support when being reassessed for PIP.
“The entire system needs to be much more focused on the needs of the individual.
“With record levels of appeals against decisions successful, the whole decision making process is beset with problems.”
Only 11.6% of all crimes were solved between 2016 and 2017 as our police forces buckle under the strain of brutal Tory cuts.
The shocking figure is a drop of 26% and statistics also revealed a postcode lottery on the number of cases officers are closing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said the figures show austerity policies are impacting safety and justice in our communities.
Cuts to police budgets are driving rising violent crime, Britain’s most senior police officer has said, following another murder in London.
More than 60 people have been murdered in London so far this year but violence has not been confined to the capital.
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed in the street in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, on Thursday.
NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.
Campaigners on Tuesday will try to derail plans to introduce “accountable care organisations” (ACOs), which could force doctors to decide what care a patient needs based on how much money is available rather than how sick someone is.
Tory attitude to NHS: