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We Can All Play a Role in Mental Health Support

Sam Gyimah | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

Growing up in today's world can be difficult. Negative comments on your Instagram, pressure to look a certain way, worries about exams or arguments you're your friends - these can lead to difficult thoughts and feelings for anyone. For some that could develop into a mental health issue. About three people in every classroom will experience a mental health issue. That means it's very likely that someone you know, or possibly even you could be affected.

Primary Intelligence

Lord Haskel | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Haskel

I have become more and more concerned about the poor state of legislation presented to us by the government. And it is getting worse. Yes we have to hold ministers to account but they must also accept that they are accountable to Parliament. The Executive has to put this right.

Keep Your Democratic Power and Hold it Close

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I never thought I'd see so many people so willing to surrender the only power we have to protect ourselves from tyranny.

Improving Life Chances Means Strengthening Family Stability

Fiona Bruce | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

If we want to fully realise yet another pledge in the Queen's Speech 'to work to bring communities together and strengthen society,' then as the party of Government we have an opportunity - and an urgent duty - to help families build strong and happy homes for the benefit of themselves, their children, and society as a whole.

Refugees Without Refuge: England's Forgotten Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

For people who have escaped war, torture and rape; being granted asylum in Britain should be a moment of immense relief; a time to finally stop running and instead to focus on rebuilding their shattered lives.

Government Petition Website Wins Comedy Award

Maddie Sinclair | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Maddie Sinclair

The government's petition website - www.petition.parliament.uk - won a British Comedy Award last night, taking home the gong for 'Most Hilarious Website'.

Calling All Fellow Brexiteers: Can We Hurry Up and Lose the Never-End-Dum?

Georgina Edwards | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Georgina Edwards

I'd hate to be a Negative Nancy, or a fun sponge of any description, but there is no way in hell the Leave camp are going to win the EU referendum. Like with Scottish independence and the Alternative Vote, we will opt for the status quo...

A Year In, the Government Is Gathering a Storm and There's Not Enough Cover!

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

As we study a new Queen's Speech, it seems a good time to reflect on what has been a busy twelve months for general practice: In May 2015 we saw the...

Notes of Caution as We Celebrate Prison Education Reform

Rod Clark | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The route to achieving improvements to prisoner education is hedged with risks and pitfalls. But it is the right journey to be embarking on, and Dame Sally's vision for a prison system with education at the heart is a great way to start. I, and the rest of PET, looks forward to working to support prison governors, officers, teachers and prisoners themselves every step of the way.

Front and Centre, But Will It Work? Social Media in the EU Referendum Campaigns

Andre van Loon | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Andre van Loon

As we saw in the Scottish independence vote, fervent SNP social media use failed to translate into victory. It's not too much of a caricature to say that for one British social media advocate, there are scores of quiet characters who will speak decisively on voting day only. We'll have to see if social's role in the EU referendum campaigns is merely noteworthy, or a decisive game-changer.

GCHQ Joins Twitter And Already The Public Are Having A Field Day

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Tech

GCHQ has joined Twitter, but rather than just saying 'Hi' the intelligence service decided to have a little fun. Hello, world. https://t.co/SROtSsE8K...

US Progresses on Trans Rights While the UK Falls Behind

Aimee Challenor | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aimee Challenor

I hope that Nicky Morgan will publish the Government's response soon, Transphobia is not inevitable, nor is it unbeatable, we need our legal rights. We need to continue working with trans activists and allies to continue the fight for real equality.

Drastic Improvements Needed for Student Mental Health Services

Lucy Roberts | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

Hope At Hand have launched a new petition to improve continuity of mental health care for students. One in four of us experience mental health issues in the UK each year, so why is it yet to become a priority for the UK government?

An Open Letter to All 294 MPs Who Voted Against the Dubs Amendment

Maudie Fraser | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

Dear MPs, I speak on behalf of a vast proportion of the British public when I express my profound disappointment that 294 members of the party ruling...

The Government's Latest Capitulation to Take Up to 3,000 Refugees Is Welcome - But Simply Not Enough

Tim Farron | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

If I was cynical I'd remark on the fact that this latest announcement comes just days before a crucial vote in the Commons which would force the Tories to take 3000 vulnerable child refugees from Europe and it seems that the Government are trying to buy off MPs ahead of that. Of course the Government's latest capitulation to take up to 3,000 individuals from the Syrian region over the next four years is welcome but it is simply not enough.

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Live In The Countryside? We Have Some Bad News About Your Broadband

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Tech

People living in rural 'notspots' could now miss out on the government's pledge to give everyone a minimum broadband speed of 10 Mbps by 2020. Ministe...

A Pension Is Not a Benefit

Jacqui Wright | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jacqui Wright

The good news is that the government have admitted that they did in fact enforce this action a bit too quick without giving enough notice to everyone concerned, but it's not going to change the retirement age. But it has been mentioned that maybe some women can retire earlier on a reduced pension, but nothing concrete yet, so let's hope this gets resolved at last.

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.

Forcing Schools to Become Academies Is a Distraction From Real Problems and a Huge Danger to Our Education System

Kevin Courtney | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Schools and parents are facing a chronic teacher shortage, a lack of school places, chaos around curriculum changes and primary tests and a funding crisis. But instead of dealing with these very real issues the Government is pursuing a top down re-organisation of education that has no basis in evidence to support it.

Why Justin Trudeau Makes Me Want to Be a Canadian

Rachel King | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel King

I often think about where I'd move to if UKIP ever got voted in. I like to have a back up plan. And to be honest, every time this government shits on ...

Fuel Subsidy: Roadblock on the Way to Innovation

Toby Peters | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Peters

The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.

Living With the Living Wage

Beth Britton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

Wait and see if social care providers fail, or put in some extra money to help councils pay the true cost of care. There is precious little understanding of what care provision really costs, and regardless of whether a provider has a profit making model or a not-for-profit model, the true cost of care is one that is greatly undervalued. The living wage will help to ensure that staff are more valued in the future, but without providers to work for that will be irrelevant.

Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If campaigning for a Brexit with Vote Leave has taught me anything this year, it is that democracy isn't all that it is made out to be. Horse-shoein...