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Working Up a Sweat to Overcome My Mental Illness

Kenny Johnston | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Johnston

When you suffer from anxiety, depression and stress, it can become a destructive mixture of unfounded fears and low self-confidence; though in placing on my headphones, hearing the music begin and starting to cycle at a comfortable pace, I closed my eyes, focused on me and what I wanted to achieve whilst in the gym.

Does Having Money Make You Happy?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Kitty Ussher

It looks like there is good news for people out there stuck in the rat race and wondering what it's all about, apparently there is a connection between affluence and happiness. So don't chuck in the day job quite yet then.

An American Tribute to British Gun Policy

Judd Birdsall | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Judd Birdsall

In the wake of yet another school shooting in the United States, I'm profoundly grateful, as an American in England, to live in a country where my children have no fear of guns at school.

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.

Corbyn the Enabler

Anthony Davis | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Anthony Davis

It doesn't matter if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as the Prime Minister or not in five years time. It's all about now. It's about strong opposition to the Tory myth of austerity, of bombing Syria, of the 'deficit'. It's about opening our eyes to the truth. The people will do the rest.

Thousands of Jobs Are at Risk Unless We Save Our Steel

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The Teesside steel plant employs 2,000 people, 1,000 contractors and is linked to 5,000 jobs in local supply chains. A further 50 apprentices currently on site demonstrate the crucial role that the facility plays in providing much-needed, skilled jobs to an area with some of the highest levels of unemployment in the country.

The Comment Section on the Refugee Crisis is an Unsurprisingly DARK Place

Lewis Barton | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Lewis Barton

For the last serval months, the ongoing refugee/migrant crisis has become the dominating story amongst European countries. Whether it is interviews wi...

Putting the Young at the Heart of Policymaking Is the Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

"What needs to be done to reduce record levels of youth unemployment, and how can we ensure that the young are equipped for the world of work?" That was the question we asked ourselves this week, when 15 young people from the North East came to Brussels to hear what the European Parliament and Commission are doing to support their generation.

Time to Recognise Those Who Are Responsible for Bringing Investment Into Our Region

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Photo credit: Rob Reedman Last Thursday, I attended the opening of the new Hitachi Rail Europe train assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, which the co...

Of Refugees and Realities

Gerry Flynn | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Gerry Flynn

Somewhere as a species we made a wrong turn and ventured forth down a bleak alley that leads to the veritable knife fight in a skip that modern society is becoming. Because what else are money, economics, politics, state borders and so on, but a fiction in which we collectively believe.

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 ...

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.

Faith in the Special Relationship: A New Report Argues the US-UK Alliance is Strengthened by Diplomatic Cooperation on Religion

Judd Birdsall | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Judd Birdsall

This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."

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.

China Sneezes, We All Catch Colds!

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

We in the west can't afford for China to go into deep recession -the country's government is struggling to control this current economic sneeze but I am confident that it will.

UK Productivity Crisis - What Can Be Done?

Simon Thomas | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK is in the midst of a productivity crisis. While employment has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, and those in work typically work long hours, productivity remains low. But how is this possible?

Philip Hammond's Comments on Migrants Risk Legitimising Xenophobia in the UK

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

On Sunday, the UK's foreign secretary Philip Hammond spoke candidly on the Calais situation, and more generally Europe's 'migrant crisis'. In a series of comments made in Singapore, he decried a situation where "Europe can't protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa."

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 ...

Why the West Wants to Invest in Education in the UAE

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Having the seventh largest oil-reserves in the world, UAE was guided into its quintessential element by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - ...

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?

Marie Carter | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Marie Carter

What troubles me about the French attitude to dogs is that they seem to regard these cute canines more as commodities than we do in the UK. In France, as in large swathes of the continent, you can easily buy a puppy from a pet shop. You can, if the mood took you, pop out for a pint of milk and come back with a pooch.

Amidst the Monotony Corbyn Gives Us Something New

Mariya Hussain | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mariya Hussain

Jeremy Corbyn has entered the Labour leadership race, and in a world of cardboard cut-out, stick-to-the-centre-and-don't-really-oppose politicians, he is rising to the top with the help of grass roots activists and supporters.

Do You Lie to Your Partner About Money?

Zahra Razavi | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

As much as I can appreciate that finances should be private to some extent, and that individuals have a right to be considered separately from their partners, I just can't imagine keeping a secret credit card or putting lots of effort into hiding big purchases from my partner on a regular basis. I certainly wouldn't dream of hiding £100,000 from him!

The Fox Hunting Ban - My Thoughts and How You Can Help.

Claire Lynch | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Claire Lynch

If you're pro fox hunting, this is not an attack at you; our opinions may differ, but you are fully entitled to have, and hold onto your own. This post isn't about getting you to change your mind; it's just a call to those who may agree with me on the matter, who may want to do something proactive about the potential lift on the current fox hunting ban.

Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

The cuts have already come. That "slow pace of welfare cuts" announced in the budget? Not true. Especially for child tax credits. Child tax credi...