January, 2016

Comeback Hill

Robert Philpot  |  29 January 2016

Hillary Clinton may yet show that precedents are there to be broken, writes Robert Philpot It was once an apparently iron law of American politics that you could not make it to the White House without first winning the New Hampshire primary. Not everybody who managed to persuade the voters of this small north-eastern state to …

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Cruel, unfair and discriminatory

Sarah Champion MP  |  29 January 2016

The recent ruling of the Court of Appeal confirmed what Labour, local councils, charities and campaign groups have been saying since the ‘bedroom tax’ was first introduced – it unfairly discriminates against society’s most vulnerable people. The case involved a woman who had fled the most extreme domestic violence. She is a victim of rape, …

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The death knell for genuinely affordable housing

John Healey MP  |  29 January 2016

Whatever Westminster talking heads might say, the most important event for Labour last year was not Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership election but Labour losing the general election. So now we must show voters that our priority is the challenges they face, rather than internal Labour party debates. There is no more important target than …

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The cruellest symbol of our divided society

Sam Stopp  |  29 January 2016

There is one statistic above all which provides the punchline to the sick joke that is ‘One Nation Conservatism.’ Since the Tories returned to power in 2010, the number of rough sleepers in London has increased from 3,600 to 7,500. Contrast this revolting reality with the Tories’ claim that they have fixed our economy and the …

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Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona and Policies of a New American Dynasty

Sue Macmillan  |  29 January 2016

In November this year we will finally know once and for all if Hillary Clinton is to achieve her lifetime ambition to become the first female president of the United States. Hillary Rising by James D Boys, published as the primary season begins, assesses her chance of victory by analysing her political career to date. Boys is …

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We’ve got to stop asking people, ‘Cake or death?’

Steve Doran  |  29 January 2016

If you would like to upset and confuse a room full of leftwingers, try introducing yourself as a ‘pragmatic socialist’. There will be people that accuse you of trolling them with a ridiculous and impossible concept. Socialism, they will tell you, is an ideology. It is a set of values, like a faith – to …

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Time to stop blaming the media

Editorial  |  28 January 2016

‘Imagine my initial confusion’, tweeted Labour member of parliament Jess Phillips, ‘as I worked in sexual health MSM means Men who have Sex with Men’. The MSM, or the so-called ‘mainstream media’, has become the scapegoat for many about the grievances they feel with the world. If it is not going their way, it must be …

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Margin of error

The Progressive  |  28 January 2016

We ignore the polls at our peril The dramatic announcement of the results of the exit poll at 10.01pm on Thursday 7 May 2015 has become one of those ‘Where were you?’ political moments. Anyone in politics can tell you what they were doing. Those at the heart of campaigns can recount the shock, horror, …

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Smell the coffee

Paul Richards  |  28 January 2016

Labour still needs a proper post-mortem In 1987, following an election when Labour won the campaign but lost the election, Philip Gould and his team presented an assessment of Labour’s defeat to a joint meeting of the shadow cabinet and the National Executive Committee. He recalled, ‘We were about to tell the party that 70 years of history had …

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Three lessons learned about Ireland, Brexit and referendums

Pat McFadden MP  |  28 January 2016

I have recently returned from a short trip to Dublin where I had been invited to speak to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin about Brexit and what the consequences could be for the British-Irish relationship. There are three main things I learned on the trip. 1. Ireland is worried about Brexit …

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