Investment in UK tech firms has more than doubled since the Brexit vote, surging to a record £9bn this year and putting the country far ahead of rivals in Europe. Data collected by venture capital firm Atomico shows Britain has retained its place at the head of the continent's league table, despite fears over an exodus of start-ups and established technology firms as the country leaves the European Union. Technology companies have secured $11.1bn (£8.6bn) in venture capital investment so far in 2019, according to a report published this morning, more than the amount invested in runners-up France and Germany combined. The report reveals Britain still attracts the most venture money in Europe, with investors backing high-risk, high-reward technology firms. Since the 2016 vote to leave the EU, the amount of funding going into UK technology firms such as challenger bank Monzo or food delivery app Deliveroo has more than doubled from … [Read more...] about Record £9bn tech investment in Britain as industry shrugs off Brexit fears
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Wildlife campaigner Dominic Dyer received a call last week from former Conservative environment minister Zac Goldsmith with an unexpected request: could Dyer advise on the foxhunting ban, and how might the Tories strengthen it in their manifesto? The 2019 election may go down in history as another Brexit vote but the apparently marginal issue of animal rights could – once again – prove surprisingly influential. The Conservative party is spooked by the 2017 election, when Theresa May’s pledge to offer MPs a free vote on foxhunting provoked an unexpected backlash. Some Tories and animal rights campaigners believe the party’s implicit support for foxhunting cost them seats including Canterbury and Stroud – later the birthplace of Extinction Rebellion. While Extinction Rebellion and the youth climate strikes have turned the climate crisis into a popular priority, the Conservatives hope to harvest this sentiment by championing animals, after former environment … [Read more...] about Conservatives hope to turn animal welfare sentiment into votes
ANOTHER day, another tedious Twitterstorm to detract from the serious matters of the day. In case you missed it (lucky you!), I refer to the outrage after Conservative Campaign HQ replaced its usual Twitter page with a “fact-checking” stream of tweets while the election debate raged on ITV. No, it was not the Tories’ greatest idea ever — but hardly worth the splenetic fury it induced from social media’s tiresome verbal diarrhoea-ists. The faux neutrality of the so-called FactCheckUK tweets was an “affront to democracy”, they fumed, as though the entire concept of governance was under threat. But this digital daftness — witnessed, of course, only by Twitter’s perpetually offended — was nothing compared to another story that got far less coverage but has far worse repercussions for voting rights. As The Sun reported last night, a shocking probe in Plymouth found that 850 students and under-17s had been put on … [Read more...] about As universities illegally register students to vote in the election, why is Labour making twits of our kids?
Fracking should be banned, the UK must take global leadership on the climate emergency and a royal commission should decide how to build homes in an environmentally sustainable manner, an influential group of Conservative MPs has said. The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) set out a manifesto on Tuesday that they said must govern the UK’s policies to prevent climate catastrophe and allow for greener economic growth. Among the 41 MPs who signed up to the pledges, which include a call for a new environment act, are senior figures such as Sir Nicholas Soames, Sir Oliver Letwin, Greg Hands, Caroline Spelman, Richard Benyon and Zac Goldsmith. Both Tory leadership contenders, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, offered assurances that they supported the broad aims of giving government policy more environmental focus, but stopped short of explicitly endorsing all of the plans. The initiative spanned the Brexit divide, with Brexiters such as Sir Bernard Jenkin, Michael Fabricant and … [Read more...] about Tory MPs set out green manifesto urging more eco-friendly policies
The scandal of thousands of patients dying needlessly while waiting for an organ transplant could be brought to an end by MPs in a vital poll next week. And today we urge you to contact your local representative to ask them to vote through an opt-out law that makes every citizen a potential donor unless otherwise stated. Our plea comes as shock figures revealed 4,712 people have died in the past decade while waiting for an organ. They include four-year-old daughter Aoife O’Sullivan, who lost her fight for life in March 2016 after suffering from a rare heart condition that could only be cured with a transplant. Her mum Michelle said: “I would say to people, ‘Put yourself in the shoes of someone waiting for a transplant’ and encourage your MP to vote next week. “It would be better if England had an opt-out system because it would increase the pool of organs available.” Theresa May has already pledged to change the donor laws after a personal appeal by … [Read more...] about Help us change the law on organ donation: Write to your MP and ask them to back crucial vote