May, 2016

We must move on from our past to face the future

Seb Dance MEP  |  31 May 2016

The claims and counter-claims in this referendum have been dominating the airwaves for weeks. The public is confused. On the doorstep people are not yet fed up with it, but they yearn for a clarity in the debate. Having taken part in all manner of discussions and debates I believe there are two broad fault-lines …

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If it wasn’t for the Open University …

Rohullah Yakobi  |  31 May 2016

It was mid-October 2001. Just a few days had passed since the beginning of the US-led attack (Operation Enduring Freedom) on the Taliban in Afghanistan. After a long day of hard labour on construction site, my cousin, Jawad, called me over. Holding his little handheld radio, he tuned into the BBC Persian Radio (part of …

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Small businesses need more support

Karin Smyth MP  |  27 May 2016

Monthly unemployment statistics indicate that many hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises in my Bristol South constituency are doing a terrific job helping people into work. Bristol South tends to rank somewhere around the middle of the United Kingdom constituency unemployment rankings. On the face of it you might expect jobless figures to be higher …

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The Last Word: Flagging

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 May 2016

The vivid memory of fear is enough to terrify the human soul. Memories of mortal terror – like watching ‘The Exorcist’ for the first time through the fingers of your hand as a twelve year old – are capable of firing the adrenal medulla and provoking our most basic evolutionary response: fight or flight? It …

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The cost of inaction is too high

Gabriel Gavin and Tyrone Steele  |  26 May 2016

When someone is imprisoned, it is usually the single greatest investment we as a society have ever made in them. It costs around £65,000 to send someone to prison, and an additional £40,000 annually after that. For many prisoners, this far exceeds the amount spent on educating them at school, treating them in hospitals and …

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Renewing our entrepreneurial democracy

Liam Byrne MP  |  26 May 2016

Capitalism is in the doghouse. And who is surprised? The papers are full of billionaires behaving badly, dodging taxes, and squeezing wages while the doomsayers reassure us, the worst is yet to come. The alarmists cheerfully forecast a ‘robo-revolution’ to wipe out the last of well-paid work, while former US Treasury secretary, Larry Summers, says …

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Fait accompli for Labour in Portsmouth

John Ferrett  |  26 May 2016

When I was asked to contribute a chapter to Tristram Hunt’s book on Labour’s identity crisis, I was only too willing. Reliving the traumatic events of May 2015 may not appear to be the best form of catharsis, but in the context of the party’s subsequent flight from the centre of British politics it seemed …

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Labour must share the values of the nation

Naushabah Khan  |  25 May 2016

The reality of last year’s general election is that Labour’s failure to secure a victory in England, suffering at the hands of Ukip, ultimately resulted in our defeat. As a parliamentary candidate in Rochester and Strood for both the general election and the preceding by-election caused by the defection of Mark Reckless to Ukip, I …

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Recapturing the public’s imagination

Matthew Laza  |  25 May 2016

Let us face facts – it is not just progressives in Britain who have been having a tough time at the ballot box. Right across Europe, and beyond, traditional parties of the centre-left have been losing ground. The hope that the crash of 2008 would see a swing to the left has given way to …

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The north-east’s devolution doughnut

Anna Round  |  24 May 2016

There is good news for the north-east of England this week, as its devolution deal – effectively paused since March – is back on track. Six of the seven members of the leadership board of the North-East Combined Authority (NECA) voted yesterday to support the establishment of a mayoral combined authority, empowered to make key …

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