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Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour

Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one.The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by prisoners in Shanghai claiming they were "forced to work against our will"."Please help us and notify human rights organisation," the message said.Tesco said it was "shocked" by the report, adding: "We would never allow prison labour in our supply chain."The supermarket said it would de-list the supplier of the cards, Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, if it was found to have used prison labour.Florence was writing cards to her school friends when she found that one of them - featuring a kitten with a Santa hat...
Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Technology
A corporate lobbyist running Facebook ads attacking Labour's housing policy has been accused of misrepresenting two of the UK's biggest estate agents.Jennifer Rebecca Powers has spent £17,094 on ads during the election campaign from the Facebook page Right to Rent, Right to Buy, Right to Own. The ads, which have been seen between 1.6 and 1.9 million times, attack Labour's housing policy, saying "landlords will lose their livelihood overnight" and questioning whether a Labour government would "seize your property".To support her claims, Ms Powers added quotes to her website from two of Britain's largest estate agents, Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).When contacted by Sky News, both companies said their views had been misrepresented.
General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

Health
Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.The figures show that in October there were six million GP appointments - out of 31 million - for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks. Labour said it was "yet more damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts". The Tories responded by highlighting their plans to deliver 50 million more GP appointments by 2024-25 if elected.The figures, from NHS Digital, do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.The latest data from NHS Digital show that 2.45 million patients waited b...
Tories and Labour not offering ‘credible’ spending plans – IFS

Tories and Labour not offering ‘credible’ spending plans – IFS

Business
Both the Conservatives and Labour have failed to put forward a "properly credible prospectus" for their spending plans, a leading economic think tank has said.The Institute for Fiscal Studies said it was "highly likely" a Tory government would end up spending more than planned, while it cast doubt on Labour's promise to "ramp up" investment levels by £55bn a year. Chancellor Sajid Javid said the assessment showed a Labour government would mean "taxes for the many, not the few" and declared: "We know that our numbers add up." Image: The IFS said it was 'highly likely' a Labour government would have to introduce further tax rises Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: "The IFS assessment of Labour's plans is that we are too amb
Labour and Conservatives have your data – but it’s wrong

Labour and Conservatives have your data – but it’s wrong

Technology
The Labour Party is ranking every voter in each constituency on key issues, including "austerity", "inequality" and "immigration", Sky News can reveal.Digital rights campaigners criticised the practice, saying this kind of ranking could mean voters were excluded from democratic debate. Internal Labour data seen by Sky News show the party creates a "ranking of electors within a given Westminster parliamentary constituency of how likely they are to fall into various categories".The ranking goes from "one to the number of electors in the constituency". Labour also creates a ranking for local council wards. Image: Voters can request information parties hold on them Sky News understands the rankings are used to decide which voters to canva...