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EU Referendum - The Yes Vote Still Has a Mountain to Climb

Hugo Winn | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Winn

As the EU Referendum campaign kicks-off, seasoned pundits continue to argue that the possibility of 'Brexit' remains slim, if existent at all. They are wrong.

In Praise of Permanent Budget Deficits

Christopher Bacon | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

A permanent budget deficit would not be inflationary because the economy is not operating at full capacity. Even if it were operating at full capacity, a (smaller) deficit would still be required to maintain that state of affairs.

Crowdbirthing Phenomenon Sees Average Of Eight People In Delivery Room

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Parents

Births may have been intimate occasions with only the father-to-be present, but now they are start to resemble something of a small house party. S...

Labour's Complacency Cost Them the Student Vote

Gareth Evans | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

Following Labour's resounding election defeat, much has been said about the party's need to regain key voter demographics if the outcome of 2020 is to...

Jeremy Corbyn Is the Best Bet for Labour to Win the Next Election

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What is it with the Labour Party? There is a surge in party membership, and this is a worry for the men in suits in the Westminster bubble! Why? Peopl...

You're Damn Right We're Crying Out for Leadership: An Open Letter to Andy Burnham

Andrea Mann | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Andrea Mann

I agree that we need an honest debate about welfare - just like we need honest debates about housing, education and all other aspects of government policy that impact greatly on people's daily lives. And I think these debates are best approached from the centre. For that reason, I still think you're the Labour Party's greatest hope as leader right now. But to do that, Andy, you have to take people with you. You have to lead them. You have to give them what Sarah Palin so memorably called "that hopey-changey stuff" (and I think it's about time the Left reclaimed that from her, don't you?). This is what Jeremy Corbyn is doing so well - and why he's getting such levels of support from party members, especially new ones like myself.

Rail Cuts Surely Leave HS2 in Danger of Derailment

Joe Rukin | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Rukin

The rationale for the Conservative Government continuing to push through HS2, the proposed high speed rail link, can easily be summed up by these immo...

Ten Ways to Bring on Labour - A Not So Helpful Lowdown

Claire Kirby | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

It is said to be sods law that if you are wearing your best knickers your waters will break. That's if you can bend down in the first place to get them on, and that they still fit over your expanded arse.

In Defence of Michael Foot

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

Today the Labour Party is facing something of a crisis. It has been caused by the scale of the defeat, and by the subsequent leadership election. How this plays out will be a matter for history, as it was for Foot's leadership.

Members' Exits - And Entrances: Select Committee Membership, 2010-2015

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

In this blog we look at the 20 select committees whose job is to scrutinise specific government departments. We have excluded 'cross-cutting' and internal committees committees from our analysis because many of these - including the Environmental Audit Committee and all those with non-elected chairs and members - have yet to be established.

You Won't Have Heard This Labour Story Before!

Daniel Rourke | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Rourke

Once we had the drip in her hand it was decided that she was going to have an epidural and an anaesthetist was called for. Obviously I'm very anxious at this point and every minute seemed like an hour.

Meditation During Pregnancy and Labour

Helen Bryce | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

The breathing techniques were great for those moments of complete chaos; like when you're trying to put a toddler down for a nap as the older one shouts through that they've "missed the toilet".

A Sense of Direction: When Permanent Secretaries Object to Ministerial Decisions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Over the last few weeks, the government has published details of four 'ministerial directions' given by Secretaries of State to their permanent secretaries.

I'll Scrap Tuition Fees, Promises Labour Hopeful Jeremy Corbyn

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has said he will scrap student fees and restore maintenance grants if his party were to win the 2020 electio...

Labour's Andy Burnham Would 'Refuse' Interview With The Sun If Elected Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK Politics

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has implied he would refuse an interview with the Sun newspaper if he wins. The Shadow Health Secretary s...

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

Unite Back Their Choice For Labour Leader

PA | By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Politics

Leaders of the country's biggest trade union have voted to back Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership.The executive of Unite chose the left winger a...

Creators Of Labour Trousers Made To 'Protect Mothers' Modesty' Respond To Criticism

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents

A Malaysian company has created full-length trousers for Muslim women to be worn during birth and limit exposing parts of the body. The baggy trou...

What Could an EU Exit Mean for the UK Construction Industry?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...

Jeremy Corbyn Is the Most Electable Labour Leadership Candidate

Sam Harrison | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Harrison

The moment I heard Jeremy Corbyn had made it on to the ballot paper, I whooped with sheer joy. Apparently, however, not everyone in the Labour Party w...

What I Expect From the Next Labour Leader

George Dokimakis | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

The election of a new Labour Leader will define the Labour party for the next 10 years. This is the time where the party has to progress from the New Labour years and subsequent election defeats..

Who Is Jeremy Corbyn?

Louise Wilson | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

Jeremy Corbyn secured the backing of 35 fellow parliamentarians for the Labour party leadership contest on Monday, in what was a nail-biting race to get his nomination in on time. Or at least, nail-biting for anyone who cared whether his name appears on the ballot sheet - of which there are few enough.

Wales Election 2016 - The End of Labour?

Charlie Evans | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

Labour is in a state of crisis. In the opening weeks of Parliament, the SNP appears to be the main opposition to a Conservative Party which is set to push through its program of austerity and make significant changes to the way human rights operate in this country.

Labour Must Renew in Order to Rebuild

Martin Edobor | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Too much of our time was spent speaking to Labour voters and not enough to those undecided. We need to listen to voters on the doorstep not just ask the odd voter ID question or spout party lines at them, our approach must be tailored based on the needs and concerns of the individuals we meet and the things they tell us.

Thatcher Drops Out Of Labour Leadership Race Over Fears She Is "Too Left-Wing"

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Kieran Turner-Dave

Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.