November, 2016

Letter From … Madrid

Manuel de la Rocha Vazquez  |  30 November 2016

On 29 October, the Spanish parliament finally approved the investiture of Mariano Rajoy, the conservative leader, as prime minister for a second term – thus ending 11 months of caretaker government, after two consecutive elections in six months. Those elections confirmed the consolidation of two emerging parties, the populist-leftist Podemos and the liberal-centrist Ciudadanos. Both challenge …

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No second chances

Jansev Jemal  |  30 November 2016

The Labour movement is about looking out for the most vulnerable in our society and there is no group more vulnerable than children. They are entirely dependent on the adults around them until they reach an age where they are considered fit and able to lead an independent life. But too often society has failed …

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Stemming the tide of Islamophobia

Naushabah Khan  |  30 November 2016

Since 11 September 2011, the day the world changed, we have seen the escalation of global terrorism. With unrest in much of the Middle East, once stable nations face huge challenges and terrorist organisations, such as Islamic State, have taken control. An indirect consequence of this worrying development, is that Islamophobia has also become an …

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No more acquiescence to bigotry

Amina Lone  |  29 November 2016

Those outside Muslim or political circles can be forgiven for knowing very little about Sharia councils in Britain. I mean why would they. Common reactions from ordinary people I speak to include ‘shouldn’t we all just follow British law?’ and ‘ban them’. My answers are yes and surprisingly no, with caveats regarding the latter point. …

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A way forward on refugees

Neil Pharaoh  |  29 November 2016

‘We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come’ – a great quote for the alt-right, in an era of Donald Trump and Brexit one could be forgiven into thinking this came from either side of the Atlantic in 2016. But this quote did not, it was given almost …

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Verdict: Dreadful

Alison McGovern MP  |  28 November 2016

Alison McGovern has five things you need to know about the autumn statement and what it means for Brexit Britain ‘One cannot stress enough how dreadful this is’. That was the verdict of Paul Johnson, head of the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies on the dire economic future that was revealed to us on Wednesday …

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The darkest moment of a parent’s life

Carolyn Harris MP  |  28 November 2016

Tonight in an adjournment debate I am going to bear my soul on the single most tragic event in my life and the life of any mother. I am doing so to shed light on a problem that exists just beneath the surface. It is not talked about for fear of offending or upsetting. As …

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Dignity in their final years

Peter Kyle MP  |  28 November 2016

While expectations were already low for this year’s autumn statement, the conventional wisdom was that the chancellor would have at least have to do something for social care. After all, the government’s own regulator of care services, the Care Quality Commission, had warned in October that the system was at a ‘tipping point’ and made …

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A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Not a penny for the NHS

Jonathan Ashworth MP  |  25 November 2016

This week we saw the clearest evidence yet that Theresa May and the Tories are failing our health service. At a time when the National Health Service is facing the biggest financial difficulties in its history, the Tory government has chosen not to invest a single penny extra into the NHS or social care in its …

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