Lee Williams

Lee Williams is a freelance journalist and writer. Catch him on Twitter @leeroy112 and at www.leewilliamsjournalism.com/

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Mark Wood, 44, died of starvation after his benefits were cut to £40 a week

Benefit cuts are already being blamed for the deaths of many vulnerable people, but there could be 60 more that we never hear about

The Government are still weighing up whether their reviews into benefits-related deaths are in the "public interest"

Sorry, mate

It's official — benefits and high taxes make us all richer, while inequality takes a hammer to a country's growth

One of the most destructive Tory myths has finally been debunked

A general view of the chamber as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II addresses the House of Lords

If you want to see the gap between the House of Lords and reality for yourself, then just look at their champagne budget

While the rest of us face austerity, the Lords spends roughly £65,000 a year on champagne, and is refusing to drink anything cheaper

Dishing it out: the head chef in ‘Ratatouille’

French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence, bullying and sexual harassment in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a three-star Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party

If people voted for policies, the Green Party would win the next election

So why are they fifth in the regular opinion polls?

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne

To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'

In new leaflets which have cost the Government £5m to send out, they seem to be playing with the facts to score cheap political points

The appearance of Miguel Arias Canete at a Brussels hearing last Wednesday caused 100,000 people to sign a petition to prevent his appointment

TTIP is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the EU's suspect relationships with corporations

EU Commissioners are inextricably linked to the very industries they are meant to regulate

Marching through London yesterday against the ‘secret’ EU/US deal which is backed by all three main political parties

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you

The trade negotiations are an assault on democracy. I would vote against them except… hang on a minute, I can’t

Survival of the friendliest: How to introduce a little more compassion into our lives

As a secret agent of compassion, the missions include doing random acts of kindness, caring for the environment/local neighbourhood, supporting charities and even just fully appreciating an everyday activity

A house used to be somewhere to make a home. For too many it's now just a cramped, overpriced box

We need to build a housing market that focuses on buyers rather than sellers, that sees houses as places to live rather than as assets to make money

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