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General election 2019: Labour vows to end dental check-up charges

General election 2019: Labour vows to end dental check-up charges

Health
Everyone will be entitled to a "free teeth MOT" in England under a Labour government, the party says.Labour is proposing to scrap band one dentistry charges, which cover a check up, a scale and polish, and any X-rays that may be needed.It believes patients are put off going because of the fee - a check up costs £22.70 - with many ending up in A&E.Dental leaders welcomed the move, but said there was a shortage of dentists that needed addressing too.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said charges were a real barrier to access services for some."With 135,000 patients presenting at A&E with dental problems every year, it's time we put prevention at the heart of our approach to health."Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: "This is the first step t
Tories outline migration rules as Labour shelve free movement plans

Tories outline migration rules as Labour shelve free movement plans

Business
The Conservatives have pledged to cut immigration "overall", with the "vast majority" of migrants to be required to have a job offer to come to the UK - regardless of where they are from.High-skilled scientists and those who want to start a business will be among a small number of exceptions. Access to benefits will be equalised between EU nationals and those from elsewhere, meaning a typical wait of five years for non-UK citizens, and benefits will no longer be sent abroad to support children outside the UK.Ministers have already made clear they are finally abandoning the party's long-standing commitment to get net migration down below 100,000 a year - a target they have never met.The party said the new measures would save around £800m a year by 2024-2025.
Labour broadband vow stalls TalkTalk’s CityFibre deal

Labour broadband vow stalls TalkTalk’s CityFibre deal

Business
The Labour Party's pledge to nationalise broadband provision across Britain by 2030 has forced TalkTalk to postpone the sale of its full-fibre infrastructure arm until after next month's general election.Sky News has learnt that the FTSE-250 company is to delay the signing of a deal to sell FibreNation, which has ambitions of delivering ultrafast broadband to 3m homes, for at least a month. A deal was on the brink of being signed on Thursday night for FibreNation to be sold to CityFibre Holdings, a venture part-owned by the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs.The agreement would have been announced alongside TalkTalk's half-year results on Friday morning.Instead, TalkTalk said in its earnings announcement that it remained in "ongoing advanced negotiations with interested parties". ...
Labour hit by ‘sophisticated, large-scale cyber attack’

Labour hit by ‘sophisticated, large-scale cyber attack’

Technology
Labour says it has been hit by a "sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack" on its digital platforms.A party spokeswoman said the cyber attack "failed" because of their "robust security systems" and that she was confident no data breach occurred. "Security procedures have slowed down some of our campaign activities, but these were restored this morning and we are back up to full speed," she said."We have reported the matter to the National Cyber Security Centre."Sky News' Technology Correspondent Rowland Manthorpe said apparently it was a DDOS attack - a Distribute Deniable Of Service attack. Advertisement "What that is is it involved bombarding websites or digital services with large numbers of traf...
WhatsApp messages urge Hindus to vote against Labour

WhatsApp messages urge Hindus to vote against Labour

Technology
Messages urging British Hindus to vote against Labour in the general election are being circulated on WhatsApp, raising concerns about the chat app's role in spreading divisive political content.Sky News has seen more than 20 separate messages shared on WhatsApp using the app's "forward" function. One begins by saying: "Pass this to every TRUE Indian," before going on to claim that "there are now no excuses left for any Indian to still be with the Labour Party". Another accuses Labour of being "anti-India and anti-Hindu", calling on "all India sympathisers" to "defeat Labour candidates from as many seats as possible".A third suggests talking points to "confront" Labour candidates with on the doorstep, including asking why, in Pakistan, "Hindu minor girls are, on a daily basis, being ab...