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Pride Is A Protest - And A Celebration Of How Far We've Come

Ged Killen | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ged Killen

As with all Pride events, Belfast Pride was a bright, loud and colourful festival of fun. A collection of political parties, drag queens, trade unions, families, small businesses and everything in between. A richly diverse mix of thousands of people coming together to support and celebrate the LGBTI community in Northern Ireland.

Now More Than Ever We Must Call Out The Poisonous Rhetoric We Saw In The Sun

Tracy Brabin | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Tracy Brabin

Now more than ever, we must continue to celebrate our diversity, never shying away from calling out discrimination wherever we find it. That's why I put my name to my colleague Naz Shah's recent letter to Tony Gallagher, calling out The Sun for publishing an article which referenced a "Muslim Problem".

Tory Ministers Need To Wake Up To The Deepening Crisis In Care

Barbara Keeley | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

Jeremy Hunt's actions on delayed discharges have sent a clear message: that this Government is only interested in social care insofar as it helps relieve pressure on the NHS. It is time that Jeremy Hunt finally woke up to the deepening crisis in care created on his watch and argued for the extra funding needed to stabilise the care sector and fund a decent living wage for care staff.

Discrediting The Centre-Left Is No Way To Beat The Right

Richard Angell | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Angell

'Centrist' has simply become a polite way of saying 'red Tory': it sounds more academic, but simply aims to discredit. It carries a suggestion that somehow we are the outsiders in our own party, we are the ones not part of the Labour mainstream, not in touch with the worker in the street, simple technocratic and ideology- free. It is nonsense.

How Scotland Can Lead The World On Ending Period Poverty

Monica Lennon | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Monica Lennon

Having your period is a regular part of life for half the population, yet you would never know that from how the subject is discussed. It's discussed in whispers, with young girls often taken aside for their education on the matter, as if it is something to be ashamed of. Fortunately, that is beginning to change in Scotland.

The Left And Englishness

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Rabbil Sikdar

For the Left to reclaim Englishness cannot be done by ignoring the diversity of the working class it's seeking to appeal to, nor by simply erasing what Englishness meant to many people. It means understanding that this identity meant many things, some were good, but many, unfortunately, were not.

How The London Environment Strategy Will Make The Capital One Of The Greenest Cities On Earth

Shirley Rodrigues | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Shirley Rodrigues

The London Environment Strategy isn't just about becoming a National Park City - it's about tackling pollution, mitigating the impacts of climate change, promoting cleaner energy - as well as making more than 50% of London green by 2050.

The Failure Of Nick Timothy And The False Pretence Of Erdington Conservatism

Jack Dromey | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jack Dromey

After advising the Prime Minister to repeatedly claim she would support the 'just about managing', Nick Timothy joins his campaign mate Sir Lynton Crosby in being handsomely rewarded for abject failure, far more than 'just about managing'. While Crosby was paid £85,000 per day for the disastrous campaign, Timothy has since left government and fallen into not one, but two jobs, writing for The Sun and the Daily Telegraph. If any ordinary person had performed as poorly in their job as these two did, they would not expect such extraordinary rewards.

Jobcentre Closures Are Yet Another Nasty Act From The Nasty Party

Dan Carden | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Carden

We have only a matter of weeks to stave off these cold-hearted closures. I know that there are MPs across the house, including on the Conservative benches, who see these closures as simply a step too far. Today, I appeal to them: join me, stand up for your constituents and let's work together to stop this rotten policy.

Tory Cuts Are Forcing Disabled People Like Me To Wait 200 Years For Access To Transport

Paula Peters | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Politics
Paula Peters

Analysis today shows that at as a result of Tory cuts, disabled people will have to wait 201 years for train stations across the country to be made accessible. Although the government said they were "committed to ensuring that disabled people have equal access to transport services and opportunities to travel", they have cut 42% of the funding for the Access for All scheme to make stations accessible. As a disabled person who relies on public transport, my life has been put on hold by these cuts.

Is Your Area On The Government's Latest NHS Hit List?

Justin Madders | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

While Theresa May toured the TV studios during the General Election campaigning promising to deliver a fairer society, her Health Ministers were hard at work drawing up a new hit list of fourteen areas across the country which will face a fresh round of NHS cuts.

Only Labour Has The Policies And Political Will To Finally End The Gender Pay Gap

Lesley Laird | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Lesley Laird

Women are the many in the UK, yet much of politics and policy is skewed towards the few. Labour has the policies and the political will to change that. This would not only help all the female BBC staff being paid less than their colleagues for doing the same job, but help the millions of other women struggling to work, to raise a family, to care for ageing parents - and in so doing help their partners and children as well.

We Need Political Leadership To Avoid Further Hikes In Energy Prices

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Centrica's announcement has reminded us just how clear, common sense, long-term thinking is required if we are to benefit from the renewables revolution and not be left behind. It's time for the other parties to nail their colours to the mast and commit to delivering a secure, stable, and clean future with energy prices that we can all afford - permanently.

Without Improving Early Years Support Our Children Cannot Be The Healthiest In The World

Jon Ashworth | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

At the very heart of my ambition to make child health and wellbeing a national priority is my determination to drastically improve early years support for children and parents, and a national breastfeeding programme must be at the heart of this strategy.

What One MP's Side Job Tells Us About The Failings Of The UK's Lobbying Register

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

That Sheerman is permitted to hold such a position shows a clear disconnect between the rules defining and regulating lobbying as set out by the government, and the reality of what is happening in the industry. Sheerman is not violating the MPs' Code of Conduct, which explicitly prohibits MPs from becoming "paid advocates".

London 2012 Showed A Global Britain Already In Existence

Clare Moody MEP | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Clare Moody MEP

It is five years since the UK opened our doors to the world through hosting the Olympic and Paralympic games, including holding parts of the games in my South West constituency. From Danny Boyle's opening ceremony onwards, that summer of 2012 showed Britain at its best -- open, tolerant, world-leading and world-embracing.

Is The Government Taking Mental Health Seriously Enough?

Checan Laromani | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Checan Laromani

Theresa May said in her first speech as PM in July 2016 that shortcomings in mental health provision were one of the ''burning injustices'' of our society. She was absolutely correct. For too long a lack of mental health nurses, inadequacy of services, lack of funding as well as geographic, economic, and racial inequalities have meant that lives were being blighted .

Together We Can Make Londoner's Mental Well-Being Thrive And Flourish

Sadiq Khan | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

We want to support more Londoners to maintain good mental health, stamp out mental health stigma and discrimination, involve more young people through working with schools and youth organisations, increase access to support and services through the use of digital technology and reduce the number of suicides in London... Improving mental health is a complex challenge, but together, I believe we can achieve our ambition of making London the happiest and healthiest city on earth - a city that is open to those who need help, and a city where all Londoners can flourish and thrive.

What To Do About Brexit: For The First Time In My Life, I'm Genuinely Torn On An Issue

Lee Burkwood | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Burkwood

In the year since Britain voted to leave the EU, there appears to be three prevailing narratives about what we should do. Leave the EU and everything associated with it i.e. the Customs Union, the Single Market and the Parliament. Stay in the Single Market and/or Customs Union but leave everything else to do with the EU. Lastly have a second referendum after we negotiate a deal with an option of staying in.

The United Kingdom Needs More Europe, Not Less

Mike Gapes | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics
Mike Gapes

For the future security and stability of our country, our continent and the world this is the worst possible moment for the UK to be leaving the European Union. Unfortunately, we are planning to leave our European partners at a time when there is going to be less and less agreement amongst the most important countries about how to deal with current and emerging global problems.

Jeremy Corbyn's Supposed 'U-Turn' On Tuition Fees Is Nothing But A Distraction

Amatey Doku | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amatey Doku

You would think that, as the elected representative of millions of students studying in higher education across the UK, I would be justifiably outraged. Except I'm not. That's because a pledge to abolish student debt couldn't have been broken, because it was never made in the first place.

Ending Tribunal Fees Is A Victory For Workers - But For Thousands It Comes Too Late

Ellie Reeves | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ellie Reeves

After the birth of my son, and before entering Parliament, I set up my own business advising women in relation to maternity discrimination. One of the hardest things I had to do was explain to women who had been subject to terrible discrimination, the money they would need to pay to the Tribunal if they wanted to pursue justice. For many it was just too much.

Students: Labour Have Let You Down On Tuition Fees

Tom Pursglove | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Pursglove

I know many may feel they have been tricked into voting for a party on this basis. This is wrong and extremely disappointing - I'm sure you would agree with me that politicians should be straight about what we can and cannot afford to do.

The Tories' Short-Sighted Austerity On Transport Is Jeopardising Our Future

Andy McDonald | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andy McDonald

Investing in transport infrastructure is a key driver of economic growth and is necessary for the rebalancing the economy, increasing productivity and tackling climate change. The government's policy of austerity on transport spending is an incredibly short-sighted move that is jeopardising our future prosperity.

Jeremy Corbyn Insists Labour Never Promised To Wipe Historic Student Debt

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour never committed to writing off historic student debt in the run-up to the General Election. The Labour leader was qu...