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Automation And A Bad Brexit - Workers Are In The Eye Of An Economic Storm

Len McCluskey | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

If Brexit is the most pressing challenge working people face, it's not the only one. Automation is also casting a long shadow. The replacement of workers by robots is an issue facing all parts of manufacturing and many service sectors but it's presently focussed on the motor industry above all.

This Mother's Day Think Of The 54,000 Women Forced Out Of Work Because Of Maternity Discrimination

Sarah Champion | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

all women everywhere It's important on Mother's Day that we recognise the contribution that mother's make to the UK economy, both in terms of their place in the labour market and the value of their investment in the UK workforce through paid and unpaid care. Yet we know that since last Mother's Day, according to the government's own estimates, 54,000 mums have been forced out of work due to maternity discrimination.

London Will Not Be Divided

Ken Livingstone | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ken Livingstone

As Sadiq Khan said this week," Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism. We stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will." Until the day I die, I will always be proud to have been mayor of this wonderful city and its people.

It's Time To Reach Out, Not Lash Out, And Build Alliances Across The Political Spectrum To Tackle Educational Inequality And Boost Social Mobility

Lucy Powell | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Too often in politics we focus on what political parties disagree on. The political cycle means that every party is guilty of looking for a quick fix, or a new wheeze that might appeal to voters, rather than the more difficult proposition of looking at the evidence of what works and sticking to it, even if it means giving your opponents praise... We will only solve the social mobility challenge if we have a grown up approach which reaches across the political divide.

When Unity Is Required, Tom Watson Manufactures Division - It's Small Surprise He Has Worked To Split The Party Again This Week

Len McCluskey | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite's General Secretary... But there is another world in our movement, alas. A world of skullduggery, smears and secret plots. That is where you will find Tom Watson. When Labour has needed loyalty he has been sharpening his knife looking for a back to stab. When unity is required, he manufactures division. It is small surprise that he has then worked to split the Party again this week. He has form as long as his arm. And now his sights are set on abusing the internal democracy of Unite.

Are You A Global Citizen?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

British, European and American politicians will have to manage groups who see the world in very different ways, protect their jobs and enable them to live their lives in a rapidly changing, digital economy where success means less barriers to travel and trade. Trump and Brexit won their elections on the back of declarations to protect those who see their future within a less open state, that they can recreate the world before globalisation and that international free trade has damaged their lives. It's a gamble which is unlikely pay off.

Commons People Podcast: IndyRef2, This Time It's Personal

Commons People | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Commons People

It was the busiest week in politics since, well, the last one, and the Huff Post team had plenty to consider. Philip Hammond's Budget u-turn, a new call for Scottish Independence referendum, and David Davis admitting a lack of planning for Brexit were all key talking points.

Ending Child Poverty Will Improve Child And Population Health

Dan Jarvis | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

The link between child poverty and their life-long health and wellbeing must be broken. Putting this right should form part of a modern national mission. Sadly children don't have a voice so we believe we have a responsibility to speak on their behalf. A national ambition to end child poverty should be a challenge that unites us all.

Yes, Labour Wants To Hold Ministers To Account Over Brexit - But The Prime Minister Must Engage The Expertise In Both Houses

Baroness Smith | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Smith

Today we have tabled two Brexit-related motions for debate and votes if necessary in the House of Lords. I hope the government takes these motions in the spirit that they've been tabled. Yes, Labour wants to hold Ministers to account over the guarantees and assurances they have given to date. But we can also be useful.

Jeremy Corbyn Roasted For Missing 'Open Goal' Attack On Tory U-turn At PMQs

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn sparked fury and complaints of presiding over one of the biggest missed opportunities in House of Commons history for his response to a ...

Our Lacking Maternal Mental Health Care Is Leaving Vulnerable Mothers With Nowhere To Turn

Luciana Berger | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

all women everywhere Luciana Berger is the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree and president of Labour's Campaign for Mental Health. In this vlog for The Huffington Post UK, filmed on International Women's Day, Luciana talks about the importance of caring for women's mental health as they go through pregnancy and childbirth, bereavement care for parents who lose their children, and why we cannot let mums feel like they have nowhere to turn.

We Need To Decriminalise Abortion In England And Wales

Diana Johnson | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

all women everywhere Removing the counter-productive threat of criminal punishment against vulnerable women will help create an environment more conducive to reducing incidents of unplanned pregnancies and abortions - not least medically unsafe ones... In deciding how to cast their votes later today, MPs should consider all the countries that do not apply a criminal law to abortion. In states like Canada, parts of Australia, Sweden and Luxembourg decriminalisation has not led to any of the things its critics said it would. Even the United States has not been able to apply criminal penalties ever since a Supreme Court judgement in 1973. We need to repeal our 150-year-old laws criminalising abortion and focus on the evidence of what works in the modern context.

The Budget Was An Opportunity To Show A Post-Brexit Vision, But It Failed To Deliver

Rebecca Long-Bailey | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Politics
Rebecca Long-Bailey

As they crash Britain out of the EU, cutting us off completely from the investment, skills, and markets on which our economy relies, the Tories will no doubt claim that they are implementing the will of the people.

There Is No Mandate For A Hard Brexit That Will Leave Women Worse Off

Mary Creagh | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

There is a mandate for Brexit, but not for a hard Brexit that leaves women worse off. The Government needs to change course and adopt a new course that prioritises the rights, safety and economic wellbeing of women in the Brexit negotiations - not as figures on a spreadsheet, but as human beings.

We Need Bold Actions, Not Just Bold Words, If We Are To See Equality For Women And Girls

Kate Osamor | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Osamor

The progress made in recent years on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, equal pay and women and girls empowerment is extremely welcome, however, there is still a long way to go in this fight.

On IWD We Must Remember Why We Need More Women In Power

Jess Phillips | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, elected in May 2015, and author of Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking The Truth. Here, she vlogs as part of The Huffington Post UK's All Women Everywhere project on representation of women in Parliament, the women politicians who changed the world for young girls like her, and why we need more women in power.

The England That Lies Beneath the Surface

Lisa Nandy | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

Over the coming months I will be out of Westminster, not just listening, but analysing trends, enabling people in towns to talk about their own priorities on their own terms and learning how we shape the future so it works for all of us. This is the England, as Orwell said, "that is only just beneath the surface" and it must be heard.

Britain's BAME Women Should Not Bear The Brunt Of Economic Cuts

Sarah Champion | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

all women everywhere The economic discrimination suffered by Black and Minority Ethnic Women (BAME) is an intolerable, yet sadly tolerated, reality of British life... If Theresa May is serious about her government building "a Britain that works for everyone", a good first step would be ensuring that all new policies are implemented with full regard for black and minority ethnic women, instead of leaving those who are already struggling even worse off.

Corbyn Was Never The Point

Sam Harrison | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Harrison

Plenty has been written about the 'left-behind' voters who have now created Brexit and Trump and are threatening to make a fascist President of France. But they have mostly been regarded - and possibly accurately - as something of a throwback, Luddites who provide little more than a general talking point and a useful demos for a small group of right-wing commentators with populist pretensions. There have been very few attempts to analyse the actual content of left-behindedness.

We Will Never Forget The 173 People Who Lost Their Lives in the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943

Rushanara Ali | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Rushanara Ali

The Stairway to Heaven Memorial has kept the story of the Bethnal Green tube disaster alive. Through its campaigning and fundraising, we have been made aware of the tragedy, and marked it each with the reverence it deserves. Soon, a permanent memorial will be unveiled at Bethnal Green Gardens, to remember the 173 East Enders who lost their lives on that terrible night.

True Patriots Cannot Be Parochial

Hilary Benn | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Hilary Benn

This is no time to be retreating from what helps to give us security and influence in the world. And Europe's collective voice is stronger when it includes the UK's voice too. In an increasingly interdependent world, true patriots cannot be parochial.

Girls' Education Is Key To Fighting Global Poverty

Mhairi Black | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mhairi Black

all women everywhere Poverty is sexist. Demanding governments break down the barriers that prevent girls going to school can end gender injustice, it can help prevent poverty, and it will strengthen global security. The fight against extreme poverty and for better security starts with getting an education for 130million girls.

Self-Harm And Suicide In Prison Is Out Of Control - The Government Needs A Plan Of Action

Luciana Berger | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Today the minister must set out a concrete plan of action to ensure that no prisoner pays the penalty of their life. It is deeds, not words, which are now needed. We can't turn back the clock for those who have already been let down by our criminal justice system, but the Government has the power to banish this pitiful period to the history books.

McDonnell Urged Workers To Defy Strike Laws, Backed 'Insurrection'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s key ally John McDonnell urged workers to defy strike laws, backed occupation of City buildings and supported “insurrection” that...

What The Country Needs To See In Tomorrow's Digital Strategy

Louise Haigh | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Haigh

Months of delay and a pitiful Digital Economy Bill have tempered expectations about the Government's Digital Strategy released tomorrow and many are wondering whether they really have anything like the vision this sector needs.