Jack Straw

Jack Straw Can Be Sued By Libyan Dissident Over Torture Allegations

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw faces being sued by a former Libyan dissident over allegations of abduction and torture. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj has al...

Chilcot Slams Blair - And His Cabinet - Over Iraq

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics

Tony Blair’s case for war in Iraq went “beyond the facts” in a way that caused long-term damage to public trust in politics, Sir John Chilcot ha...

Learnings From Chilcot and Brexit? 'Snakes in Suits' Are Destroying Our World

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Politics
Tess Finch-Lees

Still living with the devastating consequences of the doomed Iraq invasion, this country has been thrust into yet another cataclysmic, life altering upheaval. With the same hallmarks of group-think and remorseless psychopathy, I wonder how much more chaos and reckless abandon, this weary world can take.

Tony Blair 'Must Have Known' About US torture of Shaker Aamer, Claims Alex Salmond

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair and Jack Straw “must have known” about the torture of British prisoner Shaker Aamer by the United States, the SNP’s Alex Salmond clai...

Telegraph Launches Blistering Attack On Top Commons Boss After Rifkind/Straw Ruling

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK

One of Britain's biggest newspapers has launched a blistering attack on the commissioner who ruled against it in an investigation over two senior peer...

Channel 4 'Distorted The Truth' In Cash-For-Access Programme

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has welcomed a report that cleared former Tory defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind of wrong doing in the cash-for-access scandal. T...

Lib Dems Will 'Rise From The Dead Like Lazarus' If Corbyn Wins

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats will rise from the dead "like Lazarus" if Labour members elected Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Jack Straw has warned. The former c...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

If Corbyn wins, he will surely be asked as the Leader of the Opposition to support further arming the KRG and persuading Baghdad to stop sabotaging the Kurdish economy.

Why You're Likely to Hear Even More From Alastair Campbell Over The Next 5 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics

One of New Labour's most influential architects has said he will refuse to sit back and watch the party lose a third general election in a row in 2020...

Ned Simons

Jack Straw Says Newspaper 'Agenda' Has Damaged Reputation Of MPs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Politics

Veteran Labour MP Jack Straw has said a "changed agenda" from newspapers had contributed to a decline in respect for MPs and parliament. Speaking i...

Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind, Greedy Bankers - The Problem Starts With Us

Jonathan Young | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

The key is to break money's link with status, or to remove the importance of status altogether. True happiness is achieved through introspection, gratitude, helping others and an acceptance of the world around us (see my previous blog). The greed and selfishness of accumulating wealth couldn't be further from achieving that.

Politics 101: Be Clear, Be Brief, Shut Up

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I enjoy poking fun at politicians. It's good for them and keeps them on their toes. But I also acknowledge that we need them - honest, capable men and women who are prepared to put in long hours getting on with the kind of mind-numbingly tedious, detailed business of politics that would drive the rest of us to distraction.

Five Reasons I Should Never Be a Politician

Serena Cowdy | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

Since I started writing about politics, a few people have asked me whether I'd ever consider standing as an MP myself. The answer is a very definite no. And actually, it's nothing to do with the money. I'd almost certainly be a terrible politician, and here are five of the many reasons why...

Labour Hopes For Tory Red Faces In New Second Jobs Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

Labour hopes to embarrass David Cameron over the cash-for-access scandal by forcing a House of Commons vote on Ed Miliband's proposal to ban MPs from ...

Malcolm Rifkind Is Off After Cash For Access Sting

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Former Conservative foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as an MP after May, as well as chair of Parliament's intelligence and security ...

Jack Straw's Latest Job Offer Doesn't Look Good After 'Cash For Access' Sting...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw will take a job with an office furniture firm that won a £75 million government contract after he lobbied ministe...

Time to Change the Rules on Second Jobs for MPs

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

So far all this scandal has done is reinforce the perception that many politicians are more interested in making money that representing their constituents. There needs to be fundamental change. At the very least, if second jobs are to be allowed then the taxpayer should not be expected to subsidise them as well.

Jack Straw's Mockery Of Labour MPs Caught In Sting Is Now Really Ironic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Jack Straw insisted he is "mortified" to have been caught in a cash for access sting, but he won't get much sympathy from some Labour colleagues. B...

Look Who Is Defending Jack Straw After That Cash For Access Sting...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair has issued a fierce defence of Jack Straw, his former foreign secretary, after he was caught in a cash for access sting. An undercover ...

Malcolm Rifkind Thinks MPs Can't Live On 'Simply £60,000' A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Senior Conservative backbencher Sir Malcolm Rifkind has declared it is "simply unrealistic" to believe MPs can survive on "simply £60,000" a year - ...

Jack Straw Suspended From Labour Party Over 'Cash For Access'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Politics

Two former foreign secretaries are facing accusations that they were prepared to use their positions and contacts to benefit a private company in retu...

The Government, Glass Houses and British Muslims

Chris Hobbs | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Make no mistake, moderate British Muslims have been expressing their concerns as to the rise of Islamic extremism in the UK since the 1990's and could well argue that they have already made a significant contribution to curbing the excesses of fanatical, Islamist groups.

Remember That Time Tony Blair Appealed To Free Deirdre Barlow From Prison?

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Following the tragic passing of 'Coronation Street' actress Anne Kirkbride, we're reminded of one of her biggest TV moments. When Deirdre Barlow, t...

What Did Britain Know? Bid To See Redacted CIA Torture Report

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

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report into CIA...

The Truth Will Out: UK Involvement in Libyan Rendition and Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...