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Taming the savageness of our politics

Christabel Cooper  |  2 November 2017

The end result of a discourse dominated by online abuse is an environment where political opponents are no longer seen as normal human beings, warns Progress strategy board member Christabel Cooper Britain has thankfully had a relatively short record of violence directed against at political figures. The last sitting member of parliament to be assassinated before the tragic murder of …

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Insult to injury for teachers

Angela Eagle MP  |  1 November 2017

The Tories’ Orwellian manipulation of statistics is causing outrage among teachers struggling to deal with increased class sizes and scaled-back curriculums, argues Angela Eagle MP Ask any headteacher, teacher or school governor about school funding right now and you are likely to hear the same story: funding from the government is failing to keep pace with spiralling costs, …

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Save Charing Cross hospital

Andy Slaughter MP  |  1 November 2017

Jeremy Hunt’s hubristic attempt to asset-strip the National Health Service must be defeated. That starts with halting the demolition of Charing Cross hospital, writes Andy Slaughter MP The planned demise of Charing Cross hospital, founded 200 years ago next year and now a world-class teaching and specialist hospital with 360 acute beds, would be both a …

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Tackling childhood tooth decay

Steve McCabe MP  |  1 November 2017

The health and wellbeing of millions of children is being impaired by poor oral health. Steve McCabe MP sets out how to address this growing public health issue in three simple steps Childhood tooth decay represents a major public health issue which is in real danger of being overlooked at a time when the National Health Service is underfunded …

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Cultivating the courage to listen

LabourToo  |  27 October 2017

A third party reporting system, plus support for victims of sexual harassment, is long over due in Labour One of the world’s experts in traumatic stress, Bessel Van der Kolk, says in his incredible book, The Body Keeps the Score, that in order to understand trauma we have to overcome our natural reluctance to confront …

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Step back from the Brexit abyss

Seb Dance MEP  |  26 October 2017

The economic wasteland of a no-deal Brexit awaits us should the government continue to refuse to engage with our European partners on good terms, writes Seb Dance MEP The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development issued a report last week which said that the United Kingdom economy would receive a significant boost if the Brexit process was reversed. …

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No more policing on the cheap

Catherine West  |  25 October 2017

Despite facing ever-more cuts, the Metropolitan Police has done an admirable job keeping Londonders safe. Now the government must give it the resources they need, argues Catherine West MP It has been an intensely difficult year to keep Londoners safe. Against the backdrop of rising reported crime, terror attacks and tragedies such as Grenfell, the Metropolitan Police’s …

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Turning the green belt red

Mark Walker  |  25 October 2017

With the right combination of training and resources, Labour could be well on its way to winning once true blue seats in the home counties, writes Mark Walker Ian Warren’s continued excellent work in highlighting election results and trends recently highlighted the swing to Labour across the home counties. In an article in the Guardian he …

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Social security in disrepair

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 October 2017

Labour will have to do more than just win the ‘moral argument’ on universal credit if it is to protect the most vulnerable in society, writes Sheila Gilmore In all the current media coverage of universal credit there is a danger that we lose sight of the fact that it is only (as yet) a …

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How Jacinda did it

James Patterson  |  24 October 2017

The Labour leader’s ‘relentless positivity’ enabled reach across political divides and inspired people to vote for her party for the first time, argues James Patterson ‘Let’s do this’ was the battle cry of Jacinda Ardern’s election campaign. To me, it had echoes of Barack Obama’s ‘the fierce urgency of now’ in 2008. Adern’s sudden accession to …

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