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Heathrow Might Have Been His Answer, but Davies Was Asking the Wrong Question

(15) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (09:14)

After years of work, and under the pressure of intense lobbying by the aviation industry, Sir Howard Davies has finally published his report on airport expansion today. His proposal: Europe's biggest noise polluter, Heathrow Airport, should expand.

The decision has been framed simply: Gatwick or Heathrow? More...

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To Stop This Government's Worst Instincts, Progressives Must Work Together

(31) Comments | Posted 28 May 2015 | (00:00)

It's hard to pick out the most alarming part of Wednesday's Queen's speech. From the glaring omission of substantial concrete action on climate change, to proposals to further dismantle our welfare state, it's increasingly urgent that progressives come together - both to challenge the Government's destructive and divisive programme, and...

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The Treasury Must End Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels and Get Behind Clean Energy

(38) Comments | Posted 17 March 2015 | (23:00)

George Osborne once said he had big plans for his term as Chancellor.

Big green plans.

Before the last General Election, he crowed that, under a Conservative government, no longer would the Treasury be "the cuckoo in the nest when it comes to climate change".

His party leader went...

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A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

(26) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (08:03)

Take a look at PMQs: just daring to be a woman can draw an audible mutter. Dare to be a woman and mention sex and you've really done it - the red-faced buffoonery lets rip in earnest.

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in...

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The Government Is Moving Mountains for Shale, In Defiance of the Science and of Public Feeling

(43) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (13:37)

Today, the SNP will join MPs from across the benches to call for a freeze on fracking.

The move backs a report, published today, from the Environmental Audit Committee (the EAC, of which I'm a member) to coincide with the final Commons stages of the...

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There Is a Popular, Practical and Uncostly Way to Fix Our Railways... So What's the Delay?

(75) Comments | Posted 8 January 2015 | (23:00)

It's become a sort of perverse holiday tradition, the festive rail fare hike coinciding with most folk's first day back at work.

This year the Government capped regulated fares at 2.5%. 'Tis election season after all, and prices have already soared by more than 20% under the Coalition....

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We Need a More Courageous, Robust Response If We're to Save Our NHS

(20) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (23:00)

Figures released this week show private health firms are on course to win more than £9billion of NHS contracts.

This Friday, I'll vote for a Bill which seeks to challenge the stranglehold of privatisation on our NHS.

That Bill - the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, from...

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IPCC Report: A Tipping Point for Political Action

(11) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (23:00)

The new climate science report from the UN offers cause for hope. It confirms we still have the chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to secure major social, economic and environmental benefits by slashing our carbon emissions and making the transition to a zero...

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A Vote Against Real Recall Is a Vote Against Democracy

(19) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (23:00)

When it comes to topping the 'least popular' lists, MPs have form.

Typically, we're pipped to the post only by bankers and traffic wardens.

And whilst not all MPs are the same, who could blame voters for having such monumental misgivings?

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Our Prohibitionist Drugs Policy Isn't Working

(12) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (23:00)

Our country's drugs policy isn't working. For years, we've tried the same prohibitionist approach - it is tired, well-worn, and it isn't taking us anywhere. Neither prohibition nor criminalisation has stopped people from taking drugs.

We need an alternative. Something which is radical and level-headed. Yes, drugs can be harmful...

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A Fresh Look at Our Drug Laws Is the First Step Towards a Sane, Evidence-Based Policy

(7) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (23:00)

One of the most talented actors of his generation found dead in his bathroom. Over a hundred young people needing treatment after a gig in Belfast where drugs were found. Teenagers dying after a taking Ecstasy on a night out. Every day the media present us with examples of the...

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Power to the People?

(2) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (23:00)

Power to the people", the Government press release proclaimed: "Local communities will be able to take control of their energy bills and help transform the energy system.

Unquestionably, major transformation of the way the UK generates its heat and power is essential. There is a huge opportunity to...

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Why COP19 Fell Woefully Short of the Urgent Action We Need

(10) Comments | Posted 28 November 2013 | (23:00)

History was made at the UN climate talks last week - not by the achievement of a breakthrough in negotiations, unfortunately, but by the unprecedented walk-out by 800 civil society groups and trade unions.

Citing the appalling lack of ambition and commitment manifest at the 19th yearly session of the...

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Sinister Lobbying Bill Would Gag Campaigning Voices

(1) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (15:11)

The 'Lobbying Bill', due its second reading today, would have horrifying implications for the way politics - and political campaigning - are practised in this country. Outrageously, it would suppress a range of legitimate voices, while doing very little to expose the murky world of lobbying.

It's very much a...

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Vital That Prime Minister Publishes Legal Advice on Syria

(43) Comments | Posted 29 August 2013 | (00:00)

Following the reports of the chemical weapons atrocity in Damascus, Parliament has rightly been recalled. I have long argued that Parliament should be guaranteed a free (un-whipped) vote before any involvement in conflict.

It is vital, however, that MPs' deliberations are informed by all relevant information, and based on...

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Exploitative Workfare Scheme Was a Disaster - Now the Government Must Pay the Price of Failure

(19) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (18:14)

The 'Opposition' may be backing the Government, but some MPs are outraged by its desperate bid to change the law to avoid pay-outs after the Poundland ruling.

Anyone who has ever lost a case in court may well have wished that they had the power to change the law to...

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Make No Mistake, the Government Wants to Subsidise Nuclear - And It Will Cost Us Dear

(1) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (16:23)

There is far too much secrecy around exactly how much taxpayers will have to cough up if Ministers get their way.

In the 2010 Coalition Agreement, the government pledged that, even though it was openly committed to a new generation of nuclear power, there would be "no public...

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Violence Against Women is Not Inevitable

(10) Comments | Posted 13 October 2011 | (00:00)

Violence against women is not inevitable. If the Government wants to 'win back' women voters, it should start by putting female experiences and concerns at the heart of policy making

The recently leaked Downing Street memo on plans to address falling support for the Coalition among women voters,...

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