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Mesh Implants Have Hurt Thousands - We Cannot Undo Their Pain But We Can Make Sure This Never Happens Again

Emma Hardy | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Hardy

Mesh surgery was sold to many women as an easy fix to their problem and a quick way to allow them to carry on with their lives. Yet since I applied for the debate in Westminster Hall, my email inbox has been filling up with emails from women across the country telling me their horrific stories after having mesh implanted.

Retweeting Away Our Liberty

Jess Phillips | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

I do not want to sound like a flat earth swivel-eyed fool. I believe in the moon landings. I have seen behind the curtain and there is no lizards back there. I am absolutely certain however about the truth of a raging Cold War being waged online. I feel it, I am a target of it and have almost certainly been an agent of it albeit unwittingly. As have you.

Jeremy Corbyn Accuses The Tories Of 'Transparently Failing' On Brexit

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.10.2017 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Tories of “transparently failing” on Brexit and leading Britain towards the “economic disaster” of leaving the E...

We Cannot Ignore The Crisis Of Loneliness Any Longer

Jon Ashworth | Posted 14.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Someone who knew this better than most was Jo Cox. She knew loneliness affect us all. In her own words: "young or old, loneliness doesn't discriminate." So I was honoured to speak at a meeting organised in her name as part of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission this week.

I Shouldn't Have To Help My Constituents Call The Universal Credit Helpline - The Government Must Make It Free

Danielle Rowley | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Politics
Danielle Rowley

The simple act of offering my phone to constituents is politics on the front line, and I won't turn anyone away who needs help and support. The Governments' refusal to scrap this charge shows their lack of understanding of the everyday lives and hardships of those who are struggling on their new benefit service. I hope that elected representatives across the country can do the same as I have and offer their phone up for free to contact the Universal Credit helpline. If Theresa May won't make seeking help free, then until we make her change her mind on this, and on Universal Credit in general, we should do what little things we can to help people in need.

The Government Must Do More To Protect Young Lives From Meningitis

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Meningitis Now are just one charity who do amazing work in raising awareness and campaigning for policy changes around the disease. I will be meeting with them and Izzy's father this week to film a video which is intended to increase awareness of meningitis among parents and young people ahead of Meningitis Student Awareness Week (22 -29 October).

On World Mental Health Day, We Must Commit To Fair Funding For Mental Health Care

Luciana Berger | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Mental health is on the TV. On the radio. In the tabloids, in the broadsheets, in the magazines. Online. Mental health is on everyone's lips; Prime Ministers and future kings. Mental health is what everyone seems to be talking about. It's time to talk. It's good to talk. That really is something to celebrate. We are all talking about mental health - and yet ... and yet the talk is increasingly of crisis. We must ring-fence mental health spending to close the gap between the rhetoric of parity and the reality of cuts on the front-line. We must keep talking. But if we want to see real equality for mental health now is the time for action.

Amazon's Tax Crackdown Is The First Step To Fairness

Nick Smith MP | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Smith MP

This one-off payment means hundreds of millions more for public services and taxpayers across the continent. Schools, hospitals, front line services and infrastructure all benefiting from the success of these big companies. Surely that's how it should always work, and a state of affairs worth striving for?

No Hope For Young People From Hapless Hammond

Peter Dowd | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Dowd

The reality is that young people in this country have felt the brunt of seven years of Tory austerity. Rising house prices, slow economic growth, and a lack of stable employment have entrenched huge economic inequality between the younger and older generations. Under the Conservatives, the levels of debt young people find themselves in has risen dramatically.  The decision to triple tuition fees and end grants for students attending university now means that young people are leaving university with on average £40,000 worth of debt. 

Only Labour Can Deliver The Transport Investment Britain Needs

Andy McDonald | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Politics
Andy McDonald

The Conservatives are refusing to say precisely where the £400 million of transport investment will be spent. Why make an announcement without a plan? The reason is that this is a government without a plan, and merely shows how out of the touch the Tories are with the needs and ambitions of the North.

7,000 Words And Not A Single Mention Of Wales

Chris Elmore MP | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Elmore MP

After this conference season, it's becoming increasingly clear that Theresa May is content with providing "second best" solutions to the issues which face communities across Wales and the UK as a whole.

Tory Conference Diary, Day 4: May's Disaster Of A Speech Proved The Tories Have No Plan

Jon Trickett | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

As Tory Conference comes to a close many of the papers and broadcast channels have obviously focused in on the mishaps which plagued Theresa May's speech. But aside from the cough and the falling backdrop, the true disaster of the speech lies in the fact that we had final confirmation that the Tories really do have no plan.

Tory Conference Diary, Day 3: Do They Have Even A Semblance Of A Plan For Britain?

Jon Trickett | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

With one day left, it's down to Theresa May to put forward her vision for the future and prove she has a semblance of a plan. If the last three days are anything to go by, I think the Tory faithful are going to be leaving Manchester very disappointed.

Southern Rail Dispute And Uber Debacle Shows Labour Will Fight For The Unions, Not You

Sam Gyimah | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

The strikes on Tuesday and Thursday by the RMT Union have caused yet more indignation for so many of my constituents in East Surrey who commute into London for work and all the other passengers reliant on the service. What makes it all the more galling for the passengers is the persistent support the unions receive from Jeremy Corbyn. Rather than condemning the union bosses for playing games, the Labour leader has made it abundantly clear he stands with the union barons.

The Conservatives Have Run Out Of Ideas Of How To Repair Our Broken Justice System

Richard Burgon | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

Crisis after crisis rocked the justice system this summer. Conservative Justice Secretary David Lidington had an opportunity to show that he was getting a grip during his keynote speech at Conservative Party conference. Sadly for the millions who depend on a properly functioning justice system, he fluffed his chance.

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

Jess Phillips | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

On the face of it, Universal Credit is a good idea. The benefits system is ridiculously complex, simplifying it is common sense. Except people are not simple, they don't fit into boxes. My sister-in-law and my brother could not have more different needs, experiences and circumstances. The idea that one (fairly inflexible) thing could simply suit them both is a system designed by someone who has not met a very broad range of people. If the variation in my immediate family is so wide, imagine how many iterations are possible.

Tory Conference Diary, Day 2: More Evidence That The Government Have Run Out Of Ideas

Jon Trickett | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

Party Conferences are traditionally an opportunity for each side to have their moment in the sun. The Party presents their new policy ideas and sets out their vision on how they can take the country forward and tackle the great challenges ahead. Measured against this, it was clear the Tories had another bad day.

Corbyn's Labour Party Will Deliver A Fairer, More Compassionate Britain

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Jeremy Corbyn has made the Labour party more democratic - now he needs to take the next step to make the country's electoral system more representative of the nation's views. Our first past the post electoral system is not fit for purpose and its time we moved to some form of proportional representation.

Tory Conference Diary, Day 1: A Party With No Plan And No Vision For The Country

Jon Trickett | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

The Tory Conference started yesterday after weeks of internal wrangling and backbiting. And for those Tory MPs and members who thought that they might have a gentler, more unified lead up to their conference, they were sadly disappointed.

Britain Sets An Example With Its Human Rights Laws - Counter-Extremism Policy Must Be No Different

Robert Sharp | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Sharp

The government's most recent proposals for counter-extremism legislation are extremely worrying. Among the suggestions were a set of new civil orders, that would have allowed the police to prevent people from assembling with others or from speaking in public: a serious curb on free speech.

Labour Used To Be The Party Of Democracy - I Don't See That Any More

Frances Barber | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Politics
Frances Barber

We used to be the party of democracy. I don't see it now. If we can't even have a debate on the conference floor about the most cataclysmic decision in my lifetime, who are we? Not Labour. I honestly thought by hanging on I could change from within. I can't.

How Jeremy Corbyn Moved The Centre Ground

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Perhaps his greatest achievement in Brighton was to hide the deep Brexit divide that threatens Labour every bit as much as it threatens the Tories. But he also, shamefully, continued to ignore the existence of the ugly underbelly of the Corbynista bandwagon -- the misogynistic, and sometimes anti-Semitic, bullying that is too often targeted at anyone regarded as not sufficiently loyal to the cause.

Theresa May's Tories Have Made Britain's Broken Housing Market Worse - Labour Will Fix It

John Healey | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

This week at Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn powerfully argued the case for change on housing. Labour will do things differently, and we'll be looking for the widest possible input, not just from experts but tenants, community groups and the public as we shape our social housing review to tackle the big problems that the Grenfell Tower fire means we must now urgently confront. A failing housing market seems inevitable when you have failing Conservative Ministers, bound by their ideology from doing what is needed. Labour is giving people hope that things can change.

The Public Must Be Heard In The EU Negotiations

Will Straw | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
Will Straw

By and large, our political parties have failed to articulate the contradictions and trade offs of our future relationship with the EU preferring to hide behind our ability to "have our cake and eat it". Meanwhile, the nuances of public opinion are lost behind an avalanche of opinion polls and focus groups which can offer only a tiny glimpse of emerging views on the highly complex and contested decisions that need to be made, on everything from the customs union to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The UK desperately needs a process which brings together people of all persuasions to find common ground.

Labour Chair Insists Brexit Stance Is 'Crystal Clear' In Heated Question Time Exchange

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK

Labour “is committed to the will of the British people” and would not back a second Brexit referendum, its chairman has said in a heated exchange ...