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Sky News Political Correspondent. South Londoner, cat lover.

Taiwan's power women are teaching China a big fat lesson — No matter who wins, the next president is almost certain to be a woman. The election is a two horse race between the ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progression Party (DPP). Both have nominated women candidates. In KMT's corner, meet 67-year-old Hung Hsiu-chu - aka "Little Hot Pepper".

Why desperate women pushed Greece towards the exit door — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras This is intriguing. I had assumed that women would be less likely than men to vote No (which serves as a reminder to never assume anything before checking the facts). As a generalisation, women tend to lean towards the status quo in referendums, and to be less risk averse than men.

'Coasting' Schools Given 3 Years To Shape Up — Hundreds of schools will be turned into academies unless they meet tough new targets, the Education Secretary has announced. They will be defined as "coasting" if fewer than 60% of pupils gain five good GCSEs, and will be given three years to improve before facing intervention.

Women's World Cup 2015: Meet the Government's biggest football nut (and she ain't faking it) — Policy makers are also taking it seriously. This matters because there is still a big gender gap when it comes to sport: 40 per cent of men play at least once a week, compared to just 30 per cent of women. The biggest sign politicians are (finally) waking up to the importance of women's sport?

Tory Government's £12bn Welfare Cuts Agreed — Welfare cuts worth £12bn a year will be announced in next month's Budget, after the Government agreed "significant" spending reductions in the last few days. On a weekend during which tens of thousands of protesters marched against austerity, Chancellor George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith signalled they would press ahead with "significant" cuts.

How Michelle Obama inspired the class of 2009 — When Mrs Obama was introduced, they greeted her with the sort of welcome young teenaged girls usually reserve for the likes of One Direction. Visibly moved, the First Lady appeared to be fighting back tears during her speech. "I want you to know that we have very much in common," she told her audience.
Jun 14, 2015

Remember the North London schoolgirls who so inspired Michelle Obama in 2009? I've caught up with them for @Telegraph…

Jun 14, 2015

@FLOTUS remember the London schoolgirls who had such an impact on you? Here's how you influenced their lives…

Jun 15, 2015

Want to be inspired? Read about the four North London schoolgirls whose lives were changed by Michelle Obama…

Burnham: 'I'm My Own Man With My Own Views' — As the nominations for the next Labour Party leader open, Sky News spent the day with Andy Burnham at Prospects College of Advanced Technology in Basildon, Essex. Here's what he told us about immigration, the economy and his latest idea to give apprentices the same access to loans as university students: Why are you in Basildon?
Jun 09, 2015

Here's my interview with Andy Burnham on apprentices, Len McCluskey, Labour's record and those Prince Charles letters…

Jun 09, 2015

Asked what Ed M did wrong Burnham replied: What we all did wrong was fail to explain& also defend our economic record…

Jun 09, 2015

Was the Prince Charles letter embarrassing? Andy Burnham: "It was a little to be honest. It was protocol"…

Angela Merkel Germany's Chancellor is finally having a feminist moment — "A feminist, no. Perhaps an interesting case of a woman in power, but no feminist. Real feminists would be offended if I described myself as one." There's even been a question mark over whether Merkel believes women have anything left to fight for.

Queen's Speech: Tax Break For Low Wage Earners — People working 30 hours a week on minimum wage will no longer have to pay income tax under the first Conservative programme for government since 1992. The Queen's Speech today will set out the Tory administration's legislative plans for the next five years.

May Accused Of Trying To Turn Ofcom Into Censor — A Cabinet row has broken out over whether programmes should be vetted for extremist material before broadcast. Sajid Javid - Culture Secretary at the time - attacked Theresa May's plans to beef up the role of regulator Ofcom in a private letter leaked to The Guardian.
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Jul 21, 2015

@LeightonVW I think shows split between those who get news from new/social media not mainstream

Jul 21, 2015

@robertrea yeh, interesting I thought - shows power of anti austerity movement to people who don't follow main stream media, perhaps

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