What Can Portsmouth Learn from the Grenfell Tower Fire?

S&C Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reports on the local crewing and deployment of ALPs – vehicles designed to tackle high rise fires – as lessons for Portsmouth continue to emerge from the Grenfell Tower fire. Aerial Ladder Platforms or ALPs are vehicles with long ladders or platforms to reach fires in high buildings. BBC Read more

Celebrate the NHS’ 69th Birthday Tonight at Guildhall Square

Join local activists to celebrate the 69th birthday of the NHS and show your support for nurses and NHS workers following the government’s recent decision – supported by MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt – to refuse emergency and public service workers a pay rise. Sarah Cheverton reports. A group of local activists have organised Read more

It’s Here and It’s Queer! Portsmouth’s First Ever Pride Week is Happening Now

Claire Udy is the first ever LGBT Officer for Portsmouth Labour. She’s sought to help with Portsmouth Pride but she hit a snag as it’s happening later in the year. However, as we are in the middle of Pride Week worldwide, Claire uncovers a new and exciting series of fringe events that have appeared almost Read more

Free Event: Explore Rare Books, Art Collections and the University Archives

The University of Portsmouth is opening the doors to its Special Collections in a unique and free community event to celebrate the University’s 25th birthday. The University of Portsmouth Library is hosting a free event on Tuesday 25th July for anyone in the local area interested in learning about our special collections. These collections include the Read more

Election ’17: Close-Up on Flick Drummond’s Voting Record

Ahead of the general election, S&C Ed in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, takes a critical look at MP for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond’s voting record across a range of issues since her election in 2015, with the help of the full voting records kept by TheyWorkForYou.com. Social issues Voted against allowing a terminally ill person to Read more

Election ’17: Jack Caramac Special Part III

It’s election week and S&C visual satirist Jack Caramac is back with the final part of his Election Special series, re-imagining political leaders from the UK and USA in ways you’ve never seen before. Read more

How a Portsmouth Pepper Went Viral and Became ‘The Trump Pepper’

Leader of Southsea Community Choir and Natural Voice Practitioner, Janet Ayers, never expected a Facebook joke to go viral last December. In this S&C exclusive, Janet writes about how ‘The Trump Pepper’ is still making the news, six months on. I enjoy posting on Facebook. I like the game of putting something out there, a Read more

Election ’17: No Tactical Voting, Labour Can Win Portsmouth

Claire Udy is an occasional satirist for S&C. She thought joining Labour in 2015 after Corbyn was elected would be a hobby for her to learn about politics. Instead it changed her life. In that short amount of time she has already witnessed a local election, an EU referendum, and a Labour Party leadership challenge. Read more

From Peru to Pompey: Climate Change is Closer Than You Think

Lily Anderson-Neyra, a former Portsmouth resident and co-founder of Portsmouth Climate Action Network, reports on the impact of climate change in her birth country of Peru, and asks Pompey to help those affected. Additional reporting by Sarah Cheverton. This story begins in 1980 when, as a 20 year old, I moved from Peru, my birth Read more

Are GCSEs Bad for Portsmouth Students’ Mental Health?

This summer students will sit tougher GCSEs in English and maths. As the exam season looms on the horizon, Portsmouth GCSE student, Tanzeela Rahman, reports on the pressure on teenage students’ mental health as they prepare for exams. Balancing ten subjects all at the same time isn’t the easiest thing in the world. When every Read more