November, 2014

Black Friday: keep your cool and respect shopworkers

John Hannett  |  28 November 2014

We all love a Black Friday bargain, but please respect shopworkers. I’m asking shoppers to keep their cool and respect shopworkers on ‘Black Friday’, as an unprecedented number of retailers are taking part in this year’s deal frenzy. ‘Black Friday’ comes from retailers traditionally operating at a financial loss, being ‘in the red’ from January …

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Three cheers for the Police Federation

John McTernan  |  28 November 2014

When the Sun splashed on Plebgate there was a strange moment of unity on left and right – both agreed that the filth were fitting Andrew Mitchell up. The former because it confirmed all their anti-police prejudice, the latter because they would always believe one of their peers over the account of – well – …

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Returning to a rational debate about EU migration

Rachel Franklin  |  28 November 2014

This morning saw a marked shift in David Cameron’s efforts to navigate his way to a more nuanced policy on European Union migration. Though it was a speech for all non-Ukippers to take comfort from – safe in the knowledge that the Prime Minister will not pander to a small backward-looking minority on immigration – …

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‘Make it Mari’

Mari Williams  |  28 November 2014

A few weeks after being selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North I was in a local coffee shop that had recently opened. Hailey runs the small business with her family. She brought over my sandwich and did a double take, and said, ‘Hold on, I recognise you.’ ‘Yes!’, I thought. ‘I’m being recognised …

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Fight or flight

Lewis Baston  |  27 November 2014

Which seats are first-time coalition MPs vacating? Lewis Baston runs through the targets on Operation Flight’s hitlist North Warwickshire (west Midlands): Mike O’Brien The Conservative majority in the semi-rural constituency of North Warwickshire stands at a slender 54 votes. Explorer and former army officer Dan Byles is standing down after only one term in parliament …

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Incumbency matters

Peter Kellner  |  27 November 2014

The ‘sophomore surge’ could stymie Labour’s path back to power, warns Peter Kellner At the time few people noticed something odd about Labour’s second landslide in 2001. Nationally, there was a two per cent swing from Labour to the Conservatives. The Tories should have gained 17 seats that Labour had won in 1997. In fact …

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Operation Flight

Richard Angell  |  27 November 2014

Richard Angell explains Progress’ new campaign to capitalise on the coalition MPs abandoning their seats It is clear that the Tories do not believe in David Cameron’s premiership. There has long been sniping, if not the threat of outright revolt. Many of his members of parliament, though, are voting with their feet. Two have taken their ball …

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A historic day for the United Kingdom – a vow honoured for Scotland

William Bain  |  27 November 2014

For the peoples of Scotland and the United Kingdom today’s cross-party agreement published by the Smith Commission is the right deal for a durable devolved settlement for Scotland. The vow made by the three main pro-UK party leaders in the House of Commons and the leaders of the Scottish pro-devolution parties has been honoured in …

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Silent earthquake

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 November 2014

The Smith Commission has reported and Britain will never be the same again. In the years to come, the Scottish independence referendum will be seen inescapably as a definitive point in our national history: politically, economically, culturally and socially. As David Cameron emerges from Clacton and Rochester, blinking into the light, it is clear that …

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Fifty years on: What next for Wales?

Rowan Ree  |  27 November 2014

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of a secretary of state for Wales. I am Welsh. I was born, raised and educated in Wales and my first job after university was working for a Welsh member of parliament. But I believe the settled will for devolution and the constant need to make the …

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