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Eviction Threatened for 17 Creative Businesses in London's Soho to Make Way For Nine Luxury Flats

Tom Harvey | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

The latest figures reveal that office space is being converted to residential in Central London at a terrifying and unsustainable rate. Of particular concern to the creative community of London's Soho, is that a quarter of that lose is on our doorstep.

Autumn Statement: We Need a Social Security System That Invests in People

Geraldine Blake | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

While within Westminster the debate continues to go round and round, here in Newham the urgency for Government action is clear. Tomorrow, the Chancellor should start to reframe social security as a long-term investment rather than a bill in which to find politically easy yet socially damaging short-term.

Carry on Westminster - The Top Trumps of British Democracy

Ian Middleton | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

I recently became a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. After years of railing against politicians, the irony, and perhaps the hypocrisy, of becoming one myself has not been lost on me...

A Night on the Stump in Westminster and Harrow

Christian Wolmar | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

I have now got round nearly half the CLPs in London and spoken in all at around 70 meetings. It is evenings like this that show there is a thirst for debate and a desire to see people who are not career politicians enter the fray. And it is evenings like this which make all the hard work worthwhile..

How The Westminster Paedophile Ring Murder Could Have Been 'Covered Up'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

A father's claims his young son may have been murdered at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring could be correct and possibly even "covered up" b...

The Rise and Rise of the SNP

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If the end of the referendum on Scottish independence was expected to bring a sense of closure and the resumption of normal service, the outcome has thrown up more questions than it has put to rest...

Calls For National Inquiry After Tory MP 'Strangling' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

An alleged victim of the Westminster "paedophile ring" currently being investigated by police has told officers he saw a Conservative MP murder a youn...

Devolution the Way Forward for Britain

Kamran Hussain | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

There is a general consensus that politics needs to have more transparency, integrity and accountability. Further devolution will be welcomed as regions would be able to allocate money where they think it is most needed. There will also be opportunities for more people to get involved in politics at a local level.

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

What Jeremy Browne's Retirement Tells Us About Life After Politics

John Lehal | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Lehal

These retiring MPs will be inspired by the likes of Ruth Kelly and James Purnell before them. All stepped down while still relatively young, having recognised that political comebacks here are few and far between. But what the likes of Kelly and Purnell have also shown is there is life away from the public eye, the media spotlight and well beyond the ruthless world of politics.

I've Never Been Sexually Harassed Less Than in Parliament

Mhairi Fraser | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mhairi Fraser

I'm disgusted. But I'm not disgusted at Newmark, whose behaviour with supposedly consenting adults is his business, and does not merit being splashed across red tops. I'm disgusted at the despicable 'journalism' that was carried out in my supposed interest... Because the truth is, I have never experienced less harassment than I have in Parliament.

Welcome to the One MP Club

Ian Middleton | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Sound the trumpets! Bang the drums! Put the puncture repair kit on standby and reserve a place in Valhalla! UKIP have finally won that coveted Westminster pass and achieved a backside on the hallowed timbers of the House Of Commons.

Why Aren't More People Going Green?

Joel Durston | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The Scottish independence debate prompted numerous claims from the left of the Scots actually having a chance to decide their own future. This isn't a new complaint - many groups, Occupy and the People's Assembly among others, have been posing it, especially since the economic collapse.

We Are Better Together, But Extreme Groups Are Not Welcome

Craig Todd | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The trouble in George Square and Buchanan Street displayed how we are Better Together. Why? Because, an overwhelming majority of Glasweigans and Scots, no matter how we voted, are disgusted by this. I have seen others claim that this is what No voted for - this is the opposite of what we wanted.

Labour Should Engage the North Too

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Labour should be commended for their efforts to bring the disengaged into politics, whether those for whom the referendum in Scotland rejuvenated their interest in politics or for young people and ethnic minorities. They should go further too, they need to ensure the regions where the anger at Westminster bubble matches that felt by many Scot, once again take part in the political process, both for their chances in 2015 and for the condition of British democracy.

Clegg: Scottish Independence Would Mean Change For How Scottish MPs Vote In Westminster

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

The way Scottish MPs vote at Westminster will have to change if new powers are handed to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in the refe...

If Scotland Votes Yes, the Establishment Have Only Themselves to Blame

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We have been talking about localism for years. 'The time has come to disperse power in Britain more widely', said Cameron and Clegg in the 2010 coalition agreement. From Whitechapel to West Lothian, it's time they acted upon that sentiment.

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Scottish Independence Could Kickstart Social Justice Across the British Isles

John Bird | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Bird

Scotland can do us all a favour and help relegate to history all the centralised, top-down control. As if only the nice parts of London mattered. But it won't be easy. Scotland already has the problem of being an economy that is massed around its central belt. But that will not be solved 400 miles south.

Too Little, Too Late - If Scotland Goes, Westminster Is to Blame

Alex Davis | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Davis

If Scotland goes independent they'll wonder, what went wrong in Westminster? In other words how, within weeks of the referendum did 300 years of union and 3 years of political confidence become a sudden and desperate battleground between Team Scotland and Team Westminster?

Should the Rest of the UK Care About the Prospect of Scottish Independence?

Ian Baxter | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.

Before Next Week's Referendum, MPs Need to Make History With Michael Moore's Private Members Bill

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nadeem Javaid

With less than a week before Scotland votes for its future, MPs will have the opportunity to #TurnUpSaveLives on Friday 12 September. This date is the second reading for Lib Dem MP Michael Moore's Private Members Bill to legislate Britain's overseas aid as 0.7% of Britian's gross national income.

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Scotland Decides- But Decides What?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I can't help but feel that we haven't seen the idea of Scottish independence properly debated, merely Salmonds poorly thought out vision put under an uncomfortable level of scrutiny.