Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

f women – up to 208 from 191 in the last Parliament, but still only 32 per cent of the total Getty Images The number of state-educated MPs sitting in the House of Commons has risen to a record high, new data has revealed. MPs educated at comprehensive schools now make up 51 per cent of the Commons – the highest number since Sutton Trust began recording figures. The report by the social mobility think-tank found 29 per cent of MPs in 2017’s Parliament were privately educated, while 18 per…

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Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools face cuts of £170 per pupil if Theresa May wins the election

Schools are facing sweeping cuts if the Tories win the election, a new analysis shows today. Funding per pupil in England will fall by nearly 3% under the Conservatives, a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reveals. This would mean a £130 cut for every pupil in primary school and a £170 cut for every one in secondary school. The respected economic think tank says Theresa May’s plans will result in an overall cut in school funding of seven per cent between 2016 and 2022. By contrast, Labour’s…

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Russian Intervention in American Election Was No One-Off

Russian Intervention in American Election Was No One-Off

The intelligence agencies’ report on the Russian intervention in the American presidential election portrays it as just one piece of an old-fashioned Soviet-style propaganda campaign. But it was a campaign made enormously more powerful by the tools of the cyberage: private emails pilfered by hackers, an internet that reaches into most American homes, social media to promote its revelations and smear enemies. What most Americans may have seen as a one-time effort — brazen meddling by Russia in the very core of American democracy — was, the report says, only…

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US election 2016: Trump settles scores in ‘thank-you’ event

US election 2016: Trump settles scores in ‘thank-you’ event

This was billed as the first stop on President-elect’s Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour of states he flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2016 election. It ended up being more like an extended end-zone dance, an “in your face” primal scream at all his critics and naysayers. He boasted about how he shattered Hillary Clinton’s perceived strangle-hold on the Electoral College. “That blue wall is busted up,” he said. “I’ll never forget it because it felt so good.” When he remarked about how much fun he had “fighting” his…

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health…

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Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

Russian Effort Helped Spread Fake Election News, Report Says

A concerted Russian propaganda campaign helped spread fake election news and undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, according to two research reports cited by the Washington Post. Russia’s campaign include technology like botnets as well paid human trolls to spread false news, particularly about Clinton’s health and supposedly nefarious connections. The reports—one from the national security magazine War on the Rocks and another from the group PropOrNot—suggest a significant coordinated effort to undermine U.S. democracy and weaken Clinton. Those allegations are part and parcel of broader allegations of Russian attempts…

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THE ELECTION OVER, GALA SEASON CONTINUES, WITH SWISS INSTITUTE CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

THE ELECTION OVER, GALA SEASON CONTINUES, WITH SWISS INSTITUTE CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

On Thursday, in the basement of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, an event space in Brooklyn where the Swiss Institute was having its annual benefit dinner and celebrating its 30th anniversary, one dealer told me that an art handler had asked him how his week had been. “That’s kind of an unconscionable question,” he said. “Jesus—how has my week been?” An artist said she had not been sober since Tuesday. A collector said he was kicking himself for giving all that money to the Hillary Clinton campaign, money down the toilet. “I could have…

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US election 2016: Trump team tries to ease global concern

US election 2016: Trump team tries to ease global concern

Donald Trump’s campaign team has sought to allay negative views expressed overseas towards its candidate, a day before the US goes to the polls. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the BBC such antipathy “doesn’t reflect why Donald Trump is running and who he would be on the global stage”. She also attacked Hillary Clinton’s “unremarkable to chequered” record as secretary of state. Both candidates are undertaking a blitz of campaigning in key states on Monday. The latest opinion poll, on Fox News on Monday, gave Mrs Clinton a four-point lead,…

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US election 2016: Trump team tries to ease global concern

US election 2016: Trump team tries to ease global concern

Donald Trump’s campaign team has sought to allay negative views expressed overseas towards their candidate, a day before the US goes to the polls. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the BBC such antipathy “doesn’t reflect why Donald Trump is running and who he would be on the global stage”. She also attacked Hillary Clinton’s “unremarkable to chequered” record as secretary of state. Both candidates are undertaking a blitz of campaigning in key states on Monday. The latest opinion poll, on Fox News on Monday, gave Mrs Clinton a four-point lead,…

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Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day. The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students. “If anybody can sit there and say they don’t think this is a contentious election, then they aren’t paying much attention,” said Ed Tolan, police chief in this seaside community, which decided to call…

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