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The NFU Needs to Appoint a Head of Campaigns

Paul Brannen | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Photo credit: Daniel Rowe While watching a TV report on dairy farmers removing milk from supermarket shelves I experienced a 30-year flash back. A ...

David Cameron Is Wrong: Businesses Should Speak Out About the EU

Gavin Devine | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Businesses have a legitimate right to be heard, and for them to express a view would add practical experience and good sense to the debate. And so shutting up the business lobby is probably impossible, and would be stupidly counterproductive. The Prime Minister's advisers, not for the first time, are wrong.

Allow More Refugees Into the UK: We Have More in Common Than We Think

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

We have a lot in common with refugees. Who among us wouldn't flee if faced with war and persecution, and try to start a new life in a safe country which provides opportunities to flourish? Our common humanity both obliges us to make room for refugees, and gives us a way to understand them.

What Should #refugeeswelcome Actually Mean?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Arnott

Get this right, and I want us to take our share of refugees. Not from Europe, but from the places where the humanitarian crisis is greatest: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. I want us to provide humanitarian aid in those countries. Get it wrong, and our actions become counterproductive - easing consciences without helping to resolve the problem.

Aylan Kurdi: Let Cameron Sit On His Hands. Our Shoulders Will Turn The Wheel of Humanity.

Karl Davis | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

Prime Minister, I hope hope you hug your children a little tighter tonight too. They are beautiful little people, just as were Aylan and Galip, and the countless lives needlessly lost before them. Use the power you have, and make a change, but don't you dare tell me that we cannot afford to put our shoulders to the wheel of humanity.

Cameron's Braced For A Rebellion - And It's Only His First Day Back

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is prepared for a damaging Commons revolt over the rules for the Government's planned in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the E...

We Have a Humanitarian Responsibility to Help Refugees

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The UK has a proud history of welcoming refugees, including members of our families. As we face the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, now is not the time to abandon our humanitarian tradition, hence we should and must help more. We call on David Cameron to step up and take responsibility.

Before You Make a Migrant Out of the Man, Try Walking in Their Shoes

Sophie Harrison | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

Like me, she was a type 1 diabetic. Like me, she had a family who were willing to go to the ends of this earth for her. With the same precaution as my own dad, Eyas Hasoun split his daughter's insulin into two separate bags for the journey. They were desperate to reach Germany, where they could access the medical care their daughter needed.

Does the UK Have a Paris Climate Plan or is the Government Calling Our Bluff?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It’s been four months since Prime Minister David Cameron’s new majority government came into power and there are just three months before ...

Borderless Britain

Steven Woolfe | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Today's ONS immigration figures stating net migration into the UK of 330,000 is astounding. This is the combined populations of York and Oxford. Add the estimated 1million illegal and undocumented migrants and, what is now clear, is that we have Borderless Britain. 

The Government's Net Migration Target Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Marley Morris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Marley Morris

It is right that the government has prioritised immigration in this parliament, given the high levels of public concern. But there are other, more nuanced options for dealing with these concerns.

The Voyage of the Damned - and the People of Hope

Richard Reoch | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

The shame of the St Louis, now memorialized in holocaust museums around the world, is a timely reminder. Since the beginning of this year some 340,000 people have piled into boats or trekked overland to reach Europe. They have been called a "swarm", "marauders" and "cockroaches". By August, more than 2,000 had drowned crossing the Mediterranean.

Dominoes Around Europe: A New Kind of Immigration Crisis

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Give Europol and Frontex the power to take this action, and our response can for the first time be pre-emptive, and not reactive. That is the challenge we now give to the EU. If we fail to learn from the summer of chaos then we will wander into a truly disastrous winter, as we find Fortress Europe crumbling around us.

Syriza Must Form the Next Greek Government

Stephen T. Hall | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen T. Hall

Without sentimentality, the newfound consecration of the Greek government to enact brutalising austerity measures, so corrosive that even the IMF doubts its promised successes, will now once more test the resolve of the Greek people.

An Uncomfortable Truth for Nats and Kippers

Alan Grant | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Mr. Cameron is quite right to want to renegotiate Britain's terms - much as the UK Government were quite right to move more power from London to Edinburgh; it reflects the general feeling as well as his democratic mandate.

Andy Burnham Takes A Swipe At Labour Frontrunner Corbyn

PA | Posted 22.08.2015 | UK

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has warned against quitting the European Union in an apparent swipe at frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn. Insistin...

Labour MEPs Have Achieved Much in the European Parliament But the Best Is Yet to Come

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It's only by having a strong Labour voice, as part of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament that we can hold the Commission to account effectively on issues like Greece.

The UK Has a Vital Role to Play in Shaping the Future of Europe - Now Is Not the Time to Turn Our Backs

Ian Baxter | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

I believe it's incumbent on those who want change in the European Union to offer up a positive alternative vision that would benefit the whole region rather than take a "me first" approach that many Euro-sceptics take. So here is a Europe I passionately believe in, a Europe that can genuinely advance the causes of peace, prosperity and democracy for the benefit of all...

Owen Bennett

Referendum Revisited Part 4: Tony Benn and Enoch Powell Join Together For Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.08.2015 | UK Politics

The Huffington Post UK looks back on the UK's first ever referendum, and what lessons can be learned by those in the two sides of the upcoming...

Owen Bennett

Referendum Revisited Part 3: Wilson Promises An Historic Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Owen Bennett | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics

The Huffington Post UK looks back on the UK’s first ever referendum, and what lessons can be learned by those in the two sides of the upcomi...

Dear Mr. President

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Given President Obama's recent suggestion that Britain must stay in the European Union, I've written an open letter wondering what it would be like if America had to be part of an EU-like structure...

The Mirage of EU Rights

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Just like the pro-EU lobby's claims on mobile phone roaming charges, their claims on discrimination and employment rights are wildly exaggerated. The house of cards hasn't just fallen down, it's in flames.

Owen Bennett

Referendum Revisited Part 2: Labour Begins To Fall Apart

HuffingtonPost.com | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics

In a four part series, The Huffington Post UK looks back on the UK’s first ever referendum, and what lessons can be learned by those in the ...

BoE Bank Rate Rise: The Case for the Whimper, Not the Bang

Michael Martins | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Michael Martins

The Bank of England must balance competing and intertwined global and domestic priorities. The longer it maintains low interest rates and high levels ...

Storming the Castle: Calais, or the Failure of the EU's Migration Policies

Camino Mortera-Martinez | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Camino Mortera-Martinez

The distressing images from Calais on the front pages of the newspapers each morning and beamed into out our living rooms each night are a sad reminder of the European Union's failure to address and tackle migration.