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Loyalty to the Labour Party

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Unless there is a shift in the way that the Labour Party is represented - buttressed by fair and earnest measures that once again seek to alleviate poverty, tackle inequality and support working people - I, for the first time in three generations of my paternal lineage, will stray from the party that has always meant so much to my family.

The Green Investment Bank: Helping Business Lead Our Response to Climate Change

Vince Cable | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Vince Cable

The first project of its kind in the world, £1.6billion of Government investment has leveraged £3.6billion from private investors like Marubeni corporation, Siemens and KFW in getting 37 green projects off the ground. It means the Bank has now passed an impressive milestone - helping finance a total of over £5billion of investment in the UK's green infrastructure.

Health Screenings For Chronic Diseases Can Be Risky, Warn MPs

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

NHS screenings aren't the be-all and end-all, according to MPs who have highlighted health risks posed by chronic disease screenings. According to ...

We Are Actively Forcing People to Choose Between Dying in Their War-torn Country and Dying in the Sea

Sarah Teather | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

While politicians agree to bomb ISIS and arm other groups in the Middle East, no protection is offered to those fleeing the conflict. Instead Ministers appear on TV shows claiming that UK towns are "under siege" from migrants. Not only do these words stir up tensions, but they are also an insult to those who know what it's truly like to be under siege as their lives are ripped apart by civil wars across the Middle East... Instead of working with international partners and organisations to set up mechanisms that not only share the burden between countries but that also offer people safe, legal opportunities to travel, the UK will refuse to help rescue those who are drowning. We should all be ashamed.

The Downing Street Review on the Muslim Brotherhood

Toby Cadman | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

A review flawed from the outset has been shown to have maintained those flaws throughout the process, reaching no real conclusion, unable to shed the spectre of bias, and it would appear resorting to sensationalist articles that lack substance.

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

HS3 - No Step-Change at Westminster, Just a Myopic Matron Being Stingy With the Bandages

Karl Davis | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The railway is more than a political football. It's an agent of change. If HS2 were implemented with unblinkered vision, it could bring an economic revolution. The north is more than half a dozen cities designated by Barbara Castle as deserving of a transport executive in decades long passed...

Should Obese People Be Paid To Lose Weight?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As the obesity crisis reaches a critical point - 1 in 4 people in Britain are obese - the NHS has backed plans to tackle it by rewarding people with c...

How Safe Is Your Teen From a Drink-Drive Conviction?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

There is a point on every course where the penny drops. On every course, without exception, someone will tell us that, if they had known what they have learnt from us when they first started driving, they would not have offended.

The Technological Revolution Is All Well and Good - But We Must Ensure That the Digital Skills Gap Is Bridged

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Hannah Lippitt

The "technological revolution" is well underway, according to the many stories on this subject scattered throughout the media. It would seem that there is an inevitability about our digital future if you were to adhere to conventional wisdom; although so far there has not been proper examination as to how we are going to cope socially, economically and culturally.

What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

Which? Calls for a Government for all Consumers

Richard Lloyd | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

And at a time when billions of pounds of investment is planned for the nation's ageing infrastructure, we also need a new independent body to ensure that regulators are improving the lives of consumers and keeping these costs - which mostly end up on consumers' bills - under control.

The Benefits of TTIP Mean We Can't Allow It to Be Sacrificed by Misinformation and Scare Stories

Lord Livingston | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Livingston

The latest plan to bring our two trading blocs closer together has been met with similar levels of cynicism, but will lay the foundations for a trading future that will keep the EU and US at the forefront of international commerce, progress and prosperity.

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

Which? Calls on the Government to Get Smart on Smart Meters

Richard Lloyd | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

By 2020, the Government wants every household in the UK to have smart meters for gas and electricity. At a time when bills are spiralling up, smart meters and the in-home displays that come with them should help people think about how much energy they are using and whether they can cut down.

Why the Disability Discrimination Act Is a Criminal Farce

Jeff Salmon | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jeff Salmon

My lovely old dad was in a wheelchair for the last 10 years of his life and it was my duty and pleasure to push it around London. But it's only when you have the privilege of helping a wheelchair-user navigate the streets of London does it hammer home how thoughtless many of us are by making it so difficult for them to get around...

Memorandum to the New Minister for Civil Society - Time for Action

John Tizard | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Dear Minister, Welcome to the new job. I write this memorandum as someone who works with many civil society organisations, is a trustee of some national and local charities and as a former senior executive in that sector.

Creative Businesses and the Digital Healthcare Revolution

Caroline Norbury | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Tech
Caroline Norbury

We learned this week that as part of the Conservative election manifesto the party will promise GP access seven days a week by 2020. This is to relieve pressure on hospitals, giving working people access to a doctor at weekends, with family doctors able to consult patients via email and internet video link as part of the plans.

Use Our Handy Flowchart To See How Tory Party Policy Affects You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Unsure as to how Conservative party policies will affect you in the run-up to the general election? Our handy flowchart, created by David Schneider an...

'Cameron - What Are You Doing?!' Jon Stewart Is Amazed By The UK Debate On Iraq Air Strikes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy

The House of Commons recently voted to support air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq - much to Jon Stewart's amazement. Not that he was surprised th...

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! It's The Great NHS Privatisation Sale - And Everything Must Go!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy

What are you waiting for, big business? It's the coalition government's great NHS privatisation sale - and everything must go! (Made for HuffPost U...

Chaotic Government Funding Fails to Fix Pothole Epidemic

Richard Burden | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Changes to the Agency overseeing 2% of our road network (our motorways and "A Roads") will not fix the potholes that undermine road safety and blight everyday journeys for car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and HGVs too...

It's Time That Our Country Has an Ethical Migration System

Steven Woolfe | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Migrants that are accepted to enter Britain should be self-sustaining. Under a Ukip-supported government they would not be able to claim any type of benefit within their first five years here. They would also have to prove before entry that they have private health insurance. We believe that migrants have to pay in before the government pay out.

Party Conferences - Opportunity to Engage With Charities and Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The party conference season is underway. These are going to be last conferences before the 2015 general election. Therefore, they each will take on an added significance as policy is debated and announced.