Coalition Government

Theresa May Is Selling Out Women And The LGBT Community To Cling To Power And It's Not Okay

Kerry Abel | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry Abel

We should stand with our LGBT friends and family, and demand that our rights are not sold off as part of a squalid deal to prop up a failed government. It is not time to be complacent about the rights to control our bodies and live our lives.

Why I Believe Aligning With The DUP Would Be The Scariest Political Move In History

Mandy Charlton | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Mandy Charlton

This afternoon, I'm sat at my desk at home, just like I am most other days of the week, the weather is fair and if it had not been for last night's Election results I might have felt quite happy and bouncy, yet my heart isn't just heavy, I'm actually scared for what the future holds.

Children and Young People's Mental Health - The State of the Nation

Emily Frith | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Emily Frith

The Coalition Government made good strides in addressing this issue. In March 2015, Nick Clegg announced £1.25billion over the next five years to transform services. This year David Cameron became the first Prime Minister to make a major speech on mental health. Nevertheless it is important that this new money reaches the services that need it...

Mass Workfare, Mass Sanctioning, Food Banks and Pay Day Loans: Welcome to the Recovery

Christian Garland | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

Beamish Museum: The Case for Culture in the North East

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This has been a really exciting week for Paul Brannen MEP and me, as our team in Brussels joined us in Newcastle for 'Constituency Week'. With the help of two electric LEAF cars kindly lent to us by Nissan we travelled all over the region to meet with local groups and businesses, giving our European office the chance to see the impact of our work in the North East.

The Liberal Democrat Index: Who's (Still) Voting Lib Dem?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

The Liberal Democrats are still forecast - by virtue of their ability to agree terms with either a Conservative or Labour led government - to have a better than 50% chance of being in Government after May. So who is still supporting the party and meaning it has a chance to, again, be a governing party?

Scottish Takeover

Dale Bilson | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

On 18 September, the people of Scotland voted against independence. The Scottish National Party (SNP), created in 1934 with independence as its central goal, had lost. Yet just five months later, they are now positioned as one of the big potential winners in May's UK General Election.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Cable Slams 'Extreme' Osborne, Says Tories 'Let Off The Leash'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics

Conservative spending plans would reduce Britain's armed forces to a "largely ceremonial role" and "destroy" public services, Business Secretary Vince...

The Core Is No Place for Any Political Party

Stuart Thomson | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

A core strategy approach is fundamentally a risk averse approach. For a politician, especially for the Labour and Conservative parties, that want a chance of ending up in government, a core strategy approach is the best chance of ending up there. The chances of a majority are though, slim. If they want to win on their own then they need to look beyond their core.

Why I Quit the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

In spite of recent suggestions that the group had strengthened the evidence base relating to anti-Muslim prejudice through 'academic research', the harsh reality is somewhat different. In fact there has been no 'academic research' to have emerged from the group, let alone funded by it or indeed government.

Working People Need a Strong Voice in the Very Place that Excludes Them

Ian Lavery | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

It is now more important than ever to ensure that there are representatives in Parliament who speak in the trade union interest. It is crucial that working people have a strong voice in the place that excludes, amongst others, that very group of people.

Will The Queen's Speech Mean Anything For Ordinary Brits?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen's Speech, which listed what the coalition will do for its final year before the general election, will not help for working Britons, trade u...

Nine Things You Need To Know About Today's Queen's Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen has just delivered her speech for the 2014 State Opening of Parliament, setting out what the coalition will try to do in its final year befo...

'We're No Zombies...' Government Sets Out Its Last Legislative Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition government has tried to deflect claims it is a "zombie government" that has run out of ideas in the final Queen's Speech before next yea...

The Decline and Fall of Nick Clegg, and Why he Can Not be Replaced

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

There are few people in the country who could have had a worse weekend than Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The party was annihilated all across the UK, losing hundreds of its councillors and all but one of its MEPs...

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

Children and Young People Are Being Betrayed

Chris Keates | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

As teachers gather at the NASUWT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend they will, of course, be concerned about the relentless attacks that the teaching profession has suffered over the last four years, along with other public service workers, on their pay, pensions and conditions of service.

What Happened to 'the Greenest Government Ever'?

Nash Riggins | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

When David Cameron rose to power in 2010, he vowed to pilot the UK's "greenest government ever"... At least that was the dream. But fast forward to 2014, and what little environmental progress our government has made is being systematically disavowed in favour of industrial expansion.

Bob Crow - Omnitotemic in the Age of the Omnishambles...

Karl Davis | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Whether people like or loathe Bob Crow, his contribution to the industrial and political demographic cannot be diminished by partisan bias. Keep that contribution alive. Join a union. Fight for your rights as a worker deserving of respect and equity. Push for the alternative.

Lib/Lab Coalition? The Liberal Democrats Haven't Got a Clegg to Stand On

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

"I think they've changed". Such were the touching and heartfelt words of Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister when referring to the Labour party in a recent interview on BBC Radio 4. "...changed" Funny that, Nick...

Listen to Those Turbulent Priests

William Davie | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The church of England has been around since the end of the sixth century, while parliament has only been around in its present form since 1801. The church is far older, it has far more supporters, and if the government thinks that by ignoring it, it will just shut up and go away, then they are in for a very big surprise.

Welcome to Inequality Street

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Britain prides itself on its sense of justice, on fair play and sticking up for the underdog. So what's gone wrong? Increasingly, as we look around, we find we're living on Inequality Street. Take, for example, the 2010 austerity programme. In theory the cuts didn't have to target the poorest, but in reality they have. This week The Centre for Welfare Reform published a new report, Counting the Cuts, which measures, not just how large the cuts have been, but also how fair they are, and who is being targeted. The results are shocking.