April, 2016

Labour’s M1 test

Alison McGovern MP  |  29 April 2016

‘Say no to pessimism’ – what UK Labour can learn from its local counterparts Almost a year on from the general election, many of the images of that night will be fading from the minds of Labour activists as we turn to face the future. This is largely a good thing – to win again we must …

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The Last Word: The end of meaning

Jamie Reed MP  |  29 April 2016

Good politicians are capable communicators. Without the ability to effectively communicate, political ideas cannot be properly expressed or understood; political arguments cannot be fought and won. The ability to communicate well is fundamental to political success. It follows then, that language – political language, how it is used and the context in which it used – …

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Your party needs you

Rowan Ree  |  29 April 2016

Last time I wrote an article on defence it started ‘the first duty of government is to protect its citizens’. This may sound like a statement of the obvious until you consider how low a priority defence has become in British politics. Ipsos MORI’s Issue Index tracks how important voters consider different issues. Defence is usually …

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Together for Wales

Mary Wimbury  |  29 April 2016

As Labour’s lead North Wales regional list candidate I have been campaigning across the nine constituencies in the region: from the industrial North East to the Welsh language heartlands of the North West. We were narrowly beaten to the final seat by the Liberal Demmocrats in the last assembly elections and given the collapse in …

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A reminder of why we need trade unions

Parmjit Dhanda  |  28 April 2016

You might not be aware of it but today is international Workers’ Memorial Day. It was established in the United States in 1970 to remember the hundreds of thousands of working people killed and injured while doing their work every year. The date, 28 April, was chosen to mark the Occupational Health and Safety Act which came into force …

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Cruz’s last chance saloon

Louie Woodall  |  28 April 2016

When you check into the last chance saloon, it pays to have back-up. This is something Ted Cruz has taken to heart, if the surprise appointment of Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential nominee is anything to go by. The question most commentators are asking is whether this move will save the Texan senator’s flagging campaign. …

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So much more to do on cancer-causing agents at work

Esther Lynch  |  28 April 2016

Each year on 28 April, International Workers’ Memorial Day, we in the European Trade Union Confederation and our affiliated unions count the cost of another 12 months of dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety precautions. In 2012 (the last time the European Union collected figures), 3,515 people died as a result of workplace accidents in …

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‘It’s about jobs, jobs, jobs’

Alison McGovern MP and Nick Forbes  |  28 April 2016

Alison McGovern: Thank you for showing me lovely Newcastle, it’s been really great. Clearly people here have voted Labour, we had gains last year in 2015 when we didn’t win nationally. If you had to say, if I had to force you to say why you think more people came out and voted Labour in …

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Workers can pay with their lives when evidence is ignored

Clare Moody MEP  |  28 April 2016

The theme of International Workers’ Memorial Day this year is ‘Strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions’. All of these are essential elements to having effective health and safety legislation to prevent workers from suffering death, injury or illness from work. Despite the protections we have in place in the last year there were 142 fatal …

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Telling stories and selling Tories

Jonathan Morris  |  28 April 2016

Stories are important. They’re what I do for my day job; when I’m not writing them, or script-editing them, I’m pulling them apart to see how they work. Stories are how people understand the world. They give people a sense of morality, the concept of romance, the idea that things always happen for a logical …

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