Here is Business Leader Magazine’s latest update from Westminster – your views and opinions are always welcome
Boris – Libya is terror front line
According to foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Libya is the front line in the UK’s battle against terrorism and illegal migration. This week, on his second visit to the country, Johnson pledged a further £9 million to help end the migration crisis.
Tories given record donations
The UK political parties received over £40 million for this year’s general election with £24.8 million going to the conservative party. Labour received £9.4 million with the Liberal Democrats receiving £4.3 million. The total donations were almost £10 million higher than the 2015 general election.
Migration rates fall post-Brexit vote
Net migration has fallen to its lowest levels in three years after many EU nationals have decided to leave the UK following last year’s Brexit vote. Current net migration is at 246,000 and the government is committed to reducing this to below 100,000.
Government to review overseas students
Home Secretary Amber Rudd will be launching a review into the impact international students have the economy. The review will look into the effect EU and non-EU nationals have on the labour market.
GCSE pass rates fall
GCSE pass rates have fallen across all subjects after apparent changes and touchers exams were sat for the first time. As an average, grades A-C fell by 0.6% with English literature the hardest hit with a pass rate falling 2.5% on last year’s results. One positive from the results was the rise in maths pass grades – which rose from 61% to almost 69%.