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President Trump Has Proved Himself Not Worthy Of A State Visit - Theresa May Is Right To Scrap The Offer

Stephen Doughty | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Doughty

I have only the utmost respect for the United States of America. I have been lucky enough to visit more than half of the 50 states and meet wonderful people from coast to coast. But this President does not represent the values of, or deserve the same kind of respect I have for those generous, optimistic, and caring Americans.

The Single Market Is Vital To Our Economy - That's Why We Must Stay In It As We Leave The EU

Chuka Umunna | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

The Single Market and the Customs Union create jobs for working people in Britain, by breaking down barriers to trade. Any resurrecting of these barriers will put jobs at risk, which is why I and 30 other Labour MPs have put down an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting our continued membership of the Customs Union.

Queen's Speech: The Government Must Act On Manifesto Promise To End Rough Sleeping

Helena Brice | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Brice

This week the new Government set out its priorities in the Queen's Speech, yet unfortunately for homeless people up and down the country, it made no mention of homelessness, despite an election promise to end rough sleeping in England by 2027.

The UK General Election 2017, What Next?

Louisa Metcalfe | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Louisa Metcalfe

Nick Clegg lost his seat in the General Election winning 19,756 votes but still losing to Labour's 21,881 votes in Sheffield Hallam. Frustratingly for the Liberal Democrats, under an alternative proportional representation system it is likely that Nick could still be in Parliament.

We Can Always Trounce The Tories

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

One election down, another probably on its way before too long. If the regressive alliance of the Conservatives and the DUP falls apart, then it's another chance to get a Labour government into power at Westminster. We need to take this chance and avoid screwing up electorally like Tory PMs do.

Will Conservative And DUP Negotiations Deliver Hard Brexit Or Soft Borders?

Professor Alex de Ruyter | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Alex de Ruyter

So for an agreement to be reached between the two parties something will have to give. Introduce a hard border and risk aggravating troubles in Northern Ireland or relax an approach to free movement which May has to date presented as 'the will of the people'.

Disasters And Getting Heard

Alison McGovern | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Politics
Alison McGovern

How was this allowed to happen? Horrendously we cannot avoid the conclusion that there is a view that some people in our country don't matter. That they don't count. This is inequality at its most brutal. From the reports, it seems that residents were not heard when they were worried. That the local authority seems to be demonstrating the traits of an arm of the state insufficiently concerned with the dignity of all people, no matter how rich or poor. I am not in west London, I am in Merseyside, but I recognise the anger of people who have been ignored until it's far, far too late.

It Has Been Exactly A Week Since We Woke Up To The 'Youthquake'

Muhbeen Hussain | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Muhbeen Hussain

Though policies concerning young people may be discussed in Parliament like never before and whilst the diversity within Parliament actually has voices that can be heard, the young remain voiceless. The young have been heard at the ballot box, now they must be heard within the chamber. It is time.

The UK's General Election 'Youthquake' Was Wishful Thinking

Joanna Williams | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Joanna Williams

I hope that by the time the next election comes around, loads of 18 -24 year-olds turning out to vote is seen as normal. Maybe then we can stop seeing young people as a special group with interests distinct from and at odds with the rest of the population. After all, even eighteen year-olds have to grow up.

How Labour Rewrote General Election Campaign Ad Tactics

Matt Watts | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Watts

We took our lead from human behaviour. People spend time with and react to things they are passionate about, even if they don't see themselves as political. So we knew that what was needed was a campaign in which causes that inspire action and the ability to resonate beyond the Newsnight audience took centre stage. The campaign we evolved as a direct result was underpinned by five pillars, or principles: what we call 'The 5Cs'.

Only Jeremy Corbyn And Labour Can Deliver A People's Brexit

Manuel Cortes | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Manuel Cortes

The economic problems hurting Britain's people stem from Thatcher's economic settlement which an incoming Labour government will rightly confine to the dustbin of history. A People's Brexit can now be about taking back control of the economy for the many which may well mean we reform our relationship with the EU, rather than just going for bust.

This Time I Was Elected To Jo Cox's Former Seat, The Atmosphere Was Very Different

Tracy Brabin | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tracy Brabin

Last time I was in that cavernous space, it was the by-election. Nine fringe parties stood against me and the atmosphere was tense. My acceptance speech was heckled by far-right fanatics and it took all my determination to power through and stand my ground. This time, the atmosphere was very different... Driving back to my cottage in Hartshead with the sun on the horizon, I felt sure Jo would be proud. There have been times when I have doubted my ability to follow someone so talented and so loved but the overwhelming number of votes has given me a real confidence that my community believe in me as their advocate and MP in my own right.

With A More Effective Progressive Alliance, Jeremy Corbyn Would Now Be Prime Minister

Luke Walter | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Luke Walter

Not every vote can be squeezed but if just eight of these 62 seats had changed hands, the Tories would not have been able to secure a working majority with the DUP and Corbyn would be in a position to put together a working Parliamentary majority and become Prime Minister. Time and again the Conservatives get back into government because of first past the post. The Tories have not won a majority in five of the last six elections but have ended up forming the government in half of those contests. Progressive leaders will need to realise the benefits of cooperation to defeat the Conservatives or risk losing out to first past the post once again.

Labour Doing So Well In The General Election Did Not Surprise Me. I Predicted It Months Ago

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

As for the Parliamentary Labour Party be thankful that Jeremy Corbyn remained your leader in spite of the appalling way you treated him. Under any other leader many of you would have been without a job. So embrace Jeremy Corbyn and win the next general election which will no doubt be coming very shortly.

Despite The Poor Election Results, I'm Stick With The Green Party - Here's Why

Lee Burkwood | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Burkwood

When we in 2015 stood on a very progressive platform and got over a million votes, the Labour Party afterwards jumped to the left and a lot of those policies we've stood on for a long time are now more popular than they ever have been. That's surely something to be proud of as a Green.

Forget Millennials, Thirty-Somethings Helped Produce Labour's Surge Too

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK

This has been called the election where young people turned out to deliver a shock result. The shock result has been attributed to a surge in turnout ...

The Election Results Is Much Ado About Nothing

Shudong Li | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shudong Li

For Labour, revel in your success, you have deserved it but be aware of why it tastes so sweet. Exceeding expectations has its own trappings. The fight is only just beginning, and it is only going to get dirtier.

How Corbyn On A Rainbow Unicorn Won The Election (Kinda)

Conor McNicholas | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Conor McNicholas

One of the major factors in the Corbyn Labour resurgence appears to be the increased turn-out of young voters. How much that increase has been is still up for debate (as high as 72% turn-out is claimed but unverified) but, broadly, those constituencies that had the highest percentage of 18-25 year-old voters had the highest swing to Labour.

DisMayed

James Hargrave | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

You will all remember from school science lessons that two minuses make a plus. Not in politics it seems.

Corbyn Has Defied His Critics And Reshaped British Politics

Matt Hepburn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Hepburn

And now, as the political elite and media comes to terms with this great paradigm shift, and a battered Conservative Party re-enters Parliament weakened and exposed, it is clear Corbyn and his policies have set Britain on a path with a new found vision that is here to stay. Remarkably, more than 150,000 people have joined the Labour Party since the election alone.

What Labour's Success Means

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

What Labour's success means is that more people are beginning to listen. Some are beginning to realise, not just that things are wrong, but that things can change for the better. Perhaps, at last, we will wake from our 40 years of grim and restless sleep...

May's Humiliation Is Well-Deserved

Dan Holliday | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

The Tory lie that living ''within our means'' requires massive privatisation and the axing of public services can be exposed for the ideology-driven asset stripping it really is.

Time For Tim To Go

Chris Whiting | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

Frankly, the national campaign and more pertinently, Tim Farron's leadership has failed to restore the party to its former position. Of course, following the decimation in 2015, few would have thought a Lib Dem revival would be a quick and easy process but just two years later, the two large parties left the door wide open for us - and Farron failed to lead us through it.

Surprise Swing To Labour In Canterbury, Sees Rosie Duffield Become The First Labour MP There For 160 Years

Hana Joy | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hana Joy

Regardless of Labour not winning a majority, we did far better than expected, we returned over 40% of the vote share across the country, this is incredible. I am proud to be part of it. The work has only just begun, I was expecting to feel tired today, instead I am inspired.

What It's Like To Lose Your Seat

Andy Sawford | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andy Sawford

I'm not sure if I will ever completely stop being a 'recovering politician', but I'm now out of rehab and life is sweet. When I bump into the MPs who lost last night, who I know will be devastated, I will tell them that it will all be ok, and it will.