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What The Parties Are, Or Rather Aren't, Saying About Refugees

Claudia Hyde | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Claudia Hyde

With a crucial period in the UK's foreign policy approaching, it is more important than ever that refugees stay on the political agenda. This General Election and the subsequent Brexit deal will set the tone of Britain's international relations possibly for generations to come. All sides need to do better if the UK is to honour its international, and moral, responsibilities.

A New Breed Of Politician

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sharon Bull

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Derby August 2016 - picture by Sharon Bull Ashamedly, until a few years ago, I had very little interest in politics. Most e...

Even Labour Isn't Pledging Enough Money To Save The NHS, Experts Warn

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK

None of the main political parties is committing enough money to save the NHS, a leading health think tank has warned. Labour, the Conservatives and t...

In Bury South, Labour Voters Are Plumping For Strong And Stable Over Principled And Weak

Ian Warren | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Warren

We're in Bury South, a seat held by Labour's Ivan Lewis for twenty years. Around the table are eight local women aged between thirty and fifty. After some introductions, our moderator James Morris asks two questions. "Who did you vote for in 2015?" Each woman takes it in turn to reply. Labour. Labour. Labour. Labour. Labour. Labour. Didn't vote. Labour. "And second question, who would you vote for if the election were held tomorrow?" Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. Conservatives. I settle back in my chair. This feels like a big deal.

Labour's Fees Pledge Offers A Shred Of Hope To Students

Malia Bouattia | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

This policy has been ridiculed by some who would rather see education run as a business, and it is not new to see a popular policy that would disproportionately benefit young people dismissed as a "pipe dream". But across Scandinavia, Latin America and in Germany, Austria, Belgium and more, students enjoy tuition-free education. If countries with both a higher and a lower GDP than the UK can do it - so can we.

No Wonder Young People Aren't Engaged - They've Got Nothing To Vote For

Steven Ward | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Steven Ward

It's the General Election that's meant to define a generation. To set the roadmap for the future of our country outside the EU. To build the foundations for a better tomorrow. So with just three weeks until the polls, why are our politicians so reluctant to address the young people - our future leaders, parents and wealth generators - who will form the bedrock of a post-Brexit Britain?

Commons People Podcast: Manifesto Mayhem

Commons People | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Commons People

With a nifty bit of time travelling magic this week, the team discuss the Tory, Labour and Lib Dem manifestos. Just how "fully costed" was Jeremy Corbyn's "fully costed" manifesto? What is "Mayism" and does it exist, even if Theresa May says it does not. And what happened to the Tim Farron's Remainer-fuelled poll surge?

The Labour Manifesto Is A New Deal For Public Health

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

The Labour Party has proudly affirmed that the state should act in the interest of the many rather than the few. No doubt you will hear repeated scare-quotes, such as, "Labour plans amount to the biggest state intervention in the economy for decades", that redistribution is "dangerously left-wing" or "unworkable" and that nobody wants to see the return of the "the nanny, interventionist state".

After So Many Broken Promises In Government, This Tory Manifesto Must Get The Scrutiny It Deserves

Tom Watson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

The Tories can't be allowed to float through their manifesto launch untouched. Just two years ago they made a series of impossible promises and got away with it. Now they want to do it again. Ten years ago, Theresa May told the House of Commons that "the idea that a lot of voters read manifestos is purely fictional... in the case of some parties, their manifestos are pure fiction". As Prime Minister, she mustn't be allowed to get away with publishing a fictional manifesto that nobody reads. I look forward to seeing it get the scrutiny it deserves.

Labour's Energy Policy Will Cap Prices For Some, Raise Prices For Others

Tom Bailey | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

A week after it was leaked, the Labour Party has officially released its manifesto for the upcoming General Election - and it's got a lot to say on energy. According to Labour, "people don't have the time to shop around" for energy. Apparently, Jeremy Corbyn thinks it's hard to fit in time to shop around for energy. Perhaps it's hard when you've got pro-Palestine marches to attend - for most people though, it should be a pretty easy and straightforward process. But the Labour Party, being what it is, thinks the better option is having the state step in and force prices down.

We Need Joined Up Politics

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ravinder Randhawa

The General Election is looming and never have I seen such dark clouds on the horizon, and never have I seen the Labour Party, the main party of opposition, in such disarray. I blame Labour MPs, for all the in-fighting, and for failing to take a broader view.

Only Labour Will Guarantee Every Child, No Matter What Their Background, Gets The Care They Deserve

Angela Rayner | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When Labour published our manifesto today, I was particularly proud of the pledge that we will extend free universal childcare to 30 hours of free childcare a week for all 2-4 year olds - not just as shadow education secretary but as a working mum myself, who relied on the early years support that the last Labour government provided. Ensuring that every young child gets a fair start in life will transform the lives of millions.

Let's Adopt Public Service Ethos-Based Public Procurement And Contracting

John Tizard | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The General Election discussion on the role of businesses in the delivery of public services should be welcomed by those committed to public service. ...

The Time Is Ripe For The Financial Transactions Tax

Rachel Reeves | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Rachel Reeves

This is a welcome move and will both raise much needed revenue to fund the commitments in the manifesto, but it will also hopefully reduce the speculative transactions on companies that result in financial instability and add no value to the economy.

Labour's Tuition Fee Pledge Has Given Every Student A Reason To Vote

Ali Milani | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

The Tories in their premiership have clearly felt they have very little to gain from championing the interests of young people. In recent years too many students have felt politics is not for them, that their interests are never represented. The view that they are all the same. Never before has that apathy been challenged like this. We no longer have an excuse. We have to organise. We have to register. We have to vote.

For A Labour Party In Government, Nurses Will Be At The Heart Of Our NHS

Jon Ashworth | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

This Friday 12 May is Nurses' Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It's a time to pay tribute to the UK's 700,000 brilliant nurses and the role they play in keeping all of us safe and well cared for during our times of need.

New Greater Manchester Mayor Commits To Mental Health And Young People

Bryan Blears | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

The newly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester Andy Burnham began his time in office this week with pledges to tackle homelessness, create a free bus pass for 16-18 year olds in education and promote mental health and well-being through a range of talking therapies for anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Even Popular Polices Aren't Enough For Labour To Win, Pollsters say

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK

After a difficult day dealing with Labour’s manifesto being leaked, Jeremy Corbyn said its polices were “very popular”. During his calamitous le...

Commons People Podcast: Corbileaks

Commons People | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Commons People

This week' show sees the HuffPost UK Politics team examine the Kremlinology behind who leaked Labour's manifesto and why. Was it the shadow cabinet? Was it Labour HQ? Or was it Jeremy Corbyn's team itself? Labour also launched its campaign poster this morning, which one of the team describes as, "basic".

Accident Or Not, The Labour Manifesto Leak Could Change The Election Dynamic

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

Accidental or not, the leak nonetheless looks inspired in all senses of the word. It remains to be seen, however, whether Labour can use the opportunity it has created to switch the narrative of this election onto their agenda.

Corbyn Needs To Go

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

Jeremy Corbyn has to go. He is demonstrably unfit to be leader of the Opposition or to be Prime Minister. He lacks the personal skills needed, the temperament, or the ability to balance an argument between competing perspectives. He is also hold Labour back from being a credible party of government. Indeed, it is unclear if Labour is even a credible party of opposition.

A Labour Government Will Transform Education To Help Every Person Reach Their Potential

Angela Rayner | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When I left school at 16 I know there will have been people who will have thought that was the end of my education. I thought it myself, to be honest. But I was lucky, there was financial support available and I wasn't held back like too many of our young people are today. Without that, I wouldn't have been able to go to college and I almost certainly wouldn't be doing this job. That's why I am so proud to launch Labour's plan for a new National Education Service, boosting schools funding and introducing free, lifelong learning as part of our commitment to create a society for the many not the few.

Five Steps To Stop Disaster For Labour

Euan Healey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

If you're a Labour member that is able to go and campaign, and you're yet to go and do it, then Labour's poor performance in the Locals is as much your fault as anyone else's. That's the long and short of it.

Ten Months After The Referendum, Tory Leavers' Promise On NHS Funding Has Evaporated

Chuka Umunna | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

More than 10 months after the referendum, it is clear the promise of Tory Leavers to boost NHS funding has evaporated. All we are left with is their record. David Davis backing job cuts and an end to vital free operations. Liam Fox calling for an end to the ring-fencing of NHS spending, meaning brutal cuts that would hit patients. Boris Johnson saying that people should have to pay a fee just to see their GP. At this election, it is vital that these hard Brexit Tories are held accountable.

British Politics Has A Blair-Shaped Hole - Fill It, And Labour's Fortunes Could Quickly Transform

James Morris | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
James Morris

British politics has a Tony Blair-shaped hole. There is no politician with his rhetorical skills or the ability he once had to connect with the common sense of the time. Our focus groups could barely name a politician: the Chancellor's name was a mystery to most, the only Labour figures they could name have been around for ages, and the most popular one is now better known for his ability to perform Gangnam Style.