Emily Thornberry
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Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury and member of the Health Select Committee

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Is the Demise of This Failed Programme Austerity's Silver Lining?

(20) Comments | Posted 30 December 2015 | (23:00)

'Help to Work' always felt like a singularly inappropriate name for a scheme which had the express intention of "stepping up the pressure" on the long-term unemployed, rather than actually helping them into work.

The programme, which is compulsory for jobseekers who finish a two-year stint on the Tories' flagship...

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Tory Cuts Are Undermining the Right to a Minimum Wage

(6) Comments | Posted 11 December 2015 | (23:00)

You've probably heard a lot of rhetoric from the Tories about this supposedly "high-wage economy" they're creating. If you have, it might surprise you to hear that there are almost a quarter of a million working people in the UK getting paid less than the legal minimum to which they...

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Welfare Reform and Why Single Mums Should Be Worried

(25) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (23:00)

The whirlwind passage of the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill continues this week, its feet momentarily touching the ground in the House of Lords.

This Bill has not had nearly enough time for proper scrutiny, either by Parliamentarians or the wider public. A few short lines which threaten...

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More Bad News for Young People

(4) Comments | Posted 13 November 2015 | (13:30)

Priti Patel, the Employment Minister, was back on her high horse this week, citing new employment figures as proof "that this government is delivering for hardworking people".

This almost laughable statement must have come as a surprise to the millions of working families on tax credits, who are still nervously...

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Despite Big Promises on the NHS, The Tories' Record Speaks for Itself

(15) Comments | Posted 8 September 2015 | (00:00)

To hear Jeremy Hunt tell it, there's nothing but good news for the NHS these days. Last week we were invited to look forward to a future health service where the nurses take Zumba classes and the patients update their own medical records via FitBit.

Just like the frequently promised,...

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Social Care on the Cliff-Edge

(15) Comments | Posted 22 August 2015 | (00:00)

This week, reports warned that some of the country's largest care home providers may be at risk of financial collapse as a result of the government's recent increase in the minimum wage. Sadly this didn't come as a surprise, since it's widely known both that social care providers are chronically...

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The Shocking Report the Tories Hoped Working Women Wouldn't See

(54) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (00:00)

David Cameron may have generated a few headlines recently when he argued, in an article in the Times, that for those advocating gender equality "there has been a recent slew of good news". But the reality is somewhat different. Let's start with the fact that, in the last ten years,...

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Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

(71) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (00:00)

Next week the Government plans to bring forward a new Bill on welfare reform - the latest salvo in the Tories' ongoing war of attrition on our welfare state and the principles that underpin it.

Softening up the ground for this next round of cuts, which will go further and...

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What Does the Human Rights Act Have to Do With George Osborne's Budget? More Than You Might Think

(21) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (00:00)

I know, I know, it looks like this is a woman who's obsessed with Human Rights. But stay with me on this - there is a connection.

All the signs are that next week's budget will feature a massive and unprecedented raid on working peoples' pockets. If the Government doesn't...

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Making a Mess of the EU Referendum

(18) Comments | Posted 10 June 2015 | (00:00)

Another Tory flagship manifesto commitment came before MPs on Tuesday, as the Bill which sets the framework for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union received its second reading. To put it mildly, the Bill gets the referendum off to a bad start.

This vote is...

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GP Crisis Becoming Steadily Worse

(9) Comments | Posted 3 June 2015 | (00:00)

David Cameron may have gone into the election promising to deliver "a truly 7-day NHS", but the real truth is that there are many people who can't even register with a GP.

Yesterday the GPs' magazine Pulse reported new figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, which show...

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The Queen's Speech - Your Rights at Stake

(44) Comments | Posted 25 May 2015 | (00:00)

Having barely scraped back into Downing Street after fighting one of the dirtiest election campaigns in British political history, the Cameron cabinet is now putting the final touches on a Queen's speech that is likely to unveil one of the most radical - and dangerous - agendas that any government...

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Don't Be Hoodwinked on Human Rights

(7) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (00:00)

You had to feel sorry for the civil servants at the Ministry of Justice this week. Having already been saddled with implementing a radical right wing agenda that promises the biggest roll-back of civil liberties in quite some time - including a snooper's charter eroding our rights to privacy and...

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Social Housing and the Future of Islington

(1) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (11:42)

Ten years ago, when I first stood as Labour's candidate in Islington South and Finsbury, the outgoing MP Chris Smith asked me how much I knew about housing policy. Not much, I admitted at the time. "You will", he told me, and he was right.

It's often been said that...

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Food Banks - A Powerful Symbol of Five Years of Failure

(6) Comments | Posted 28 April 2015 | (00:00)

This week, the bad news got worse. Or rather, new evidence of long-running trends confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that five years of reckless, ideological policy making have brought us, here in the sixth richest country in the world and well into the 21st century, back to Dickensian levels of...

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Cameron's Half-Baked Assault Would Leave Our Rights and International Standing in Tatters

(25) Comments | Posted 4 October 2014 | (00:00)

David Cameron plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and drop out of the European Court of Human Rights. If the international body that oversees human rights in Europe, the Council of Europe, has a problem with this, then the Tories say will pull us out of that too. Despite...

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The Human Rights Act: A Charter for Victims, Not Villains

(34) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (23:00)

Tuesday is Human Rights Day. Let's use this day to repledge our support for the Human Rights Act 1998.

With all the hullabaloo coming from the Tories about human rights, it's too easy to forget that the 1998 Act recognised rights of the victims of crime long denied under...

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Legal Aid: The Questions That Grayling Must Answer

(8) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (00:00)

Chris Grayling may have been forced into a humiliating climb-down on his plans to eliminate client choice from criminal legal aid, but don't jump for joy just yet. It's just one battle in a war on many fronts. Other aspects of his legal aid reforms are just as egregious and...

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Predatory Paedophiles Like Hall Do Not Deserve Lenience

(66) Comments | Posted 18 June 2013 | (00:00)

On Monday I wrote to the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, to ask him to consider whether or not the 15-month sentence handed down to Stuart Hall for multiple sexual assaults on young girls was unduly lenient. If he agrees with me that it is, he will refer it to the...

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Dominic Grieve Should Back His Lawyers Against G4S Justice

(11) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (00:00)

Everyone knows what justice secretary, Chris Grayling, thinks about judicial review and lawyers. He despises them both and nothing is going to change his mind. For him concepts such as access to justice and holding the executive to account are just airy-fairy abstractions that stand in the way of G4S...

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