Chris Williamson

Telling Women To Sit In Female-Only Carriages Excuses Violence By Men

Sophie Walker | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

Telling women to sit in female-only carriages excuses violence by men. It places the responsibility for avoiding violence on women. It fails to make men responsible for their actions. It casts violence against women on trains as a thing that happens on trains, and requires a train-specific response. It makes male violence small, and nothing to do with men. Williamson says we need this action now because of the urgency of the statistics: figures from the BBC last month showed that 1,448 sexual offences on UK trains were reported in 2016-2017, up from 650 in 2012-2013.

I Come From A Country Where There Are Women-Only Train Carriages. Trust Me UK, Say No

Hari Srinivasan | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Politics
Hari Srinivasan

Perhaps it doesn't require a long blog to arrive at this conclusion: segregating public spaces by gender is a bad idea. But what is it about doing this to public transport that politicians find so enticing?

Shadow Home Office Minister Refuses To Say If He's More Like Hugo Chavez Or Blair

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK

A shadow Home Office minister has refused to say if he regarded himself as being more similar to Hugo Chavez or Tony Blair. Labour MP Chris Williamson...

Corbyn Open To Plans To Make It Easier To Deselect MPs

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn could back radical plans to make it easier for party members to deselect sitting Labour MPs, senior sources have revealed. In what appea...

Oldham By-Election Contender: No One's More Patriotic Than Corbyn

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics

A key Jeremy Corbyn ally shortlisted for the Oldham West and Royton by-election has hit out at UKIP ‘smears’ about the Labour leader’s patriotis...

Badgers... Time for Evidence-Based Policy Rather Than Policy-Based Evidence

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Labour MP Accused Of Comparing Lib Dems To Nazis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics

A Labour MP has strongly denied comparing the Liberal Democrats to Nazi collaborators for their decision to enter coalition with the Conservative Part...

Eric Pickles' Ten Biggest Failures

Chris Williamson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Williamson

Eric Pickles is in no position to lecture councils. He may cultivate a reputation as a no-nonsense straight talker, but has he actually delivered on his tough rhetoric? Just like the rest of David Cameron's Government, he makes big promises but over and over again reality lets him down. Let's look at just ten of Eric Pickles' biggest failures.

Fire Service Cuts 'Will Result In More Casualties'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Politics

Arson attacks have increased over the last year as the services reduce the amount of time spent on prevention of attacks, according to research by a L...