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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn launches attack on Theresa May’s foreign policy. The opposition leader lashed out at Ms May, stating that “pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability”. Corbyn is set to declare that a Labour government would take a different approach in their defence policy, one that is independent from the U.S. Today, the opposition leader will address his critics in a major speech on foreign policy to an audience at Chatham House, stating that he “is no pacifist”, and that he accepts military action under international law as a last resort in “necessary circumstances”. “Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country’s security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand-holding with Donald Trump – a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London,” Corbyn says. The ‘bomb first, talk later’ approach to security has failed. To persist with it, as the Conservative Government has made clear it is determined to do, is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats and insecurity. (Source – Independent)

The Bank of England’s Governor Mark Carney warns 2017 will see inflation rising and a fall in real wages
. He has stated that “wages won’t keep up with prices” and that the year will prove to be a “challenging time for British households.” However, Mr. Carney remained positive about wages growing beyond 2017, but only if the government maintains what he describes as a “smooth” exit from the EU. Due to the impact of a weak sterling, inflation in 2017 has risen to 2.7%. Currently, the pound is trading around $1.29 - 12% lower than the $1.47 pre-referendum last year. In its latest report, The Bank has said that “the slowdown appears to be concentrated in consumer-facing sectors, partly reflecting the impact of sterling’s past deprecation on household income and spending.” The report also forecasts that average weekly earnings will grow at a rate of 2% in 2017, but see a rise to 3.75% by 2019. (Source- BBC)

Forces have seized over 2500 weapons from English and Welsh schools
. After a latest crackdown on knife crime, weapons found included samurai swords, axes, air guns, knives and even missiles, being carried by children as young as five. Information provided to the Press Association by police forces in England and Wales show that knife crime has become extremely prevalent, especially in the London Boroughs areas, with at least 1 in 5 reported incidents involving knives. Although shocking, this explains the overall increase in the number of weapons found on school premises. The police force announced that officers would be working closely with schools in order to minimise knife crime, by shedding light on the potential consequences of carrying a weapon. Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Knife Crime said “Schools should be free of weapons and all children should be able to learn without fear or violence. Police involvement in schools, whether it be officers delivering talks and interactive sessions or based in schools themselves as part of the Safer Schools Partnership, helps us to educate young people and explain why carrying a weapon illegally is never acceptable.” (Source – The Independent)

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