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Yvonne's Story: 'Mental Health Issues Could Lead to a Future More Enhanced Than Your Past'

Heenali Patel | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

Through her own struggles, Yvonne has one clear message about success for those going through mental health issues: "You can have a life, second to none. It can be as simple a thing as having a physical condition that you manage on a daily basis. You might have mental health issues, but it's not the final death knell that it once was. It's just a door into another type of future, and it could be a future more enhanced than your past."

Bittersweet Showing for Nationalist Parties

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

If Plaid Cymru does not seize leadership now, it will be harder for them to do so in the future. Likewise, if people vote against a Brexit, the SNP and Ukip lose the opportunity to use the results as a platform to launch their next electoral campaign on. If people vote to remain in the UK, the SNP and Ukip will have to play on the par with traditional parties, where the asymmetry of power is significantly tilted against them.

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

Sadiq Khan - A Triumph of Sorts

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

The election of Sadiq Khan is a breath of fresh air in a political system plagued by neoliberal orthodoxy and corruption through private interests. While not the ideal candidate to nail down London as the land of Corbyn, his win, for the left, was certainly a triumph - of sorts.

Five Horrible Tory Policies Shut Down by Corbyn's Labour

Matt Monk | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Monk

What is striking though, is the effect that strong, left-wing leadership has had on the current Conservative Government's policies. They have been forced to change their anti-worker policies in reaction to the strong criticism from The Labour Party. Here's five horrific policies that would have passed without people voting Labour.

Don't Like Nasty Tory Tactics? - 'Tough' Says Tory MP

Bob Morgan | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

James Cleverley, Conservative MP for Braintree, has blogged about their much criticised London Mayoral campaign - saying that we will have to get used to this sort of personal and aggressive political campaigning from now on. Why? Because thats what the Americans do. It appears, that there is a new rule - that we have to do what the Americans do - no matter how vile and divisive.

A Classy Response to The Khan-Hate Campaign.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Although I did not vote for him on Thursday, I have only one thing to say to Sadiq Khan: "Congratulations, Mister Mayor, on a large, clean and classy win!"

Local Elections 2016 - This Week's Real Contests to Watch

John Lehal | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Lehal

Each vote cast and each seat won will be marked on the balance sheet that will decide if, or when, either Cameron or Corbyn might be asked to step aside - for the good of their party, or for the good of the country.

This Is What The Leading London Mayor Candidates Will Do For Young People

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of young Londoners will get the chance to cast their ballots in the capital's mayoral election. The two leading can...

The Five Things Humans Should Fight For

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.04.2016 | UK

As a young, campaigning lawyer in the 1960s, Anthony Lester would send fake job applications for invented people with identical qualifications, one ca...

Whistleblowing in the Public Interest Goes on Trial

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This week, the man who lifted the lid on the cynical practices employed by large, profitable corporations to avoid paying taxes goes on trial. Through...

Sadiq and Zac Refused to Meet the Greens - It Could Cost Them

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

When I call the Greens' Mayoral candidate, Sian Berry, she's on the train to meet Britain's Chief Rabbi. It's a sign of the extremely varied - and hectic - nature of the campaign to become London's next leader. I've managed to grab ten minutes out of her packed schedule to discuss what could turn out to be a crucial moment in the campaign...

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

Heidi Allen Interview: Meet The Tory MP Who Took On The Government Over Welfare And Won

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics

In Heidi Allen’s office, there is a framed quotation from Margaret Thatcher: “If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise ...

Even Thatcher's Education Secretary Thinks The Government Are Wrong On Academies

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics

ᐧ A Tory grandee last night joined the growing chorus of Conservative opposition to plans to force all schools to become academies. Kenneth Ba...

Quiz: Are You One Of Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan's 'Low Achievers'?

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics

Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan yesterday claimed people who aren't rich are "low achievers" as he tried to defend David Cameron in the off-shore tax row. His...

The Panama Papers Reveal Something We Already Knew: it's One Rule for the Rich and Another for the Rest of Us

Sam Glover | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Glover

The revelation that more than 214,000 off-shore companies have been established in Panama to help the super-rich avoid paying tax is shocking, but not...

Tax Havens: They Simply Shouldn't Exist

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

11.5 million documents leaked from "one of the world's most secretive companies", Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, have given us a view of how th...

Panama Papers: Time for Ultimatums

Joshua Virasami | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Joshua Virasami

With the Panama Papers the jig is up. Austerity's proposed logic, which has always been flawed, is now null and void. The public, in an extremely public fashion, now have proof of how the rich have robbed the poor.

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.

Carol Vorderman Slams Cameron As A Hypocrite Over Panama Papers Scandal

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

Presenter Carol Vorderman has labelled David Cameron as a "hypocrite" in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal. The leak of 11 million documents which...

Time to Stop Cars Driving Climate Change

Ian Duncan | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Duncan

Coal, oil and gas burning energy plants have borne the brunt of the EU's emission ambitions so far, but a time is fast approaching when it is not the power plants far from our home that will do the heavy lifting but the car in our garage. Are you ready to turn off the ignition of your fossil-fuelled car? The clock is ticking.

Internecine Tory Warfare to Go With the Recurrent Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.

Holyrood 2016: The First Scottish Presidential Election

Alan Grant | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

If the reader has been able to draw their gaze away from the new series of House of Cards they will know that there is a real-life American Presidenti...

The Tories Are Paying the Price of Hubris

Mark Detre | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Detre

On paper, the Tories should be doing much better than this. They are, after all, not even a year into their first term as a majority government. They are experienced, canny political operators with a largely supplicant press. Why is it happening? Quite simply, because they have forgotten that hubris always leads to error, sooner or later.