Tories’ London mayoral candidate criticised for comments that ‘attack working class families’

Labour’s Angela Rayner among those angered by past and recent remarks about poor or homeless peopleThe Conservatives’ London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has been accused of an “attack on working class families”, after comments emerged in which he appeared to suggest that poor people cannot be trusted with money.Bailey is running against the Labour incumbent, Sadiq Khan, in May’s election, which was delayed for a year by the Covid pandemic. A YouGov poll in November suggested Khan has a 21-point lead over his rival. Continue reading…

Next consortium in pole position to buy Philip Green’s Topshop empire

Arcadia, which employed 13,000 staff in 500 outlets when it collapsed, up for auctionA consortium that includes high street giant Next is thought to be in pole position to buy Sir Philip Green’s Topshop empire out of administration.Arcadia, which employed 13,000 people across 500 outlets at the time of last year’s collapse, is being auctioned, with Monday being the deadline for final bids. Continue reading…

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say

Higher education bodies tell Gavin Williamson little has been done to help disadvantaged students access remote learningTens of thousands of university students in England need urgent help to stop “digital poverty” from hindering their studies during lockdown, according to a group of vice-chancellors and higher education bodies.While the government has provided laptops and other devices to disadvantaged school pupils and college students in England, the group says university students have been ignored, with little or nothing done to help them access remote learning while campuses are off-limits. Continue reading…