Conservatives

Repeal risks

Nita Clarke  |  14 November 2016

Brexit should bring urgency to finding new models of employment relations, writes Nita Clarke In 2016, as parliament debates the right to debate the terms of our withdrawal from the European Union, many British workers wait anxiously for reassurance that their interests are not going to be undermined. Yet the environment and challenges that workers face …

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For yacht’s sake

Adam Harrison  |  11 October 2016

‘For yacht’s sake’, Conservative spin doctors were caught mouthing as they hurried through Whitehall. In a parallel universe this morning. On the day it emerged that quitting the European Union would cost £66bn a year, the news that the Tories might give the go-ahead to a boat costing millions was leapt upon by the Labour …

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Drop plans for a hard Brexit

Catherine Stihler MEP  |  7 October 2016

For months there has been much debate about what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually means. This week Theresa May has made clear Brexit means ‘hard’ Brexit, which in turn means there will be disastrous consequences for our jobs and economy. The prime minister’s speech at her party conference was simply a long-winded way of her telling …

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Tories don’t understand children, parents or ‘meritocracy’

Dan Moloney  |  7 October 2016

This week the secretary of state for education’s conference speech made clear that the Tories don’t understand children, they don’t understand parents, and they don’t have the policies necessary to create the ‘meritocracy’ that they speak of. First, the very fact that early years education did not even merit a mention by Justine Greening was shocking. …

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Arrogant and misguided

Martin Edobor  |  7 October 2016

Much of the rhetoric of this week’s the Conservative party conference speeches deployed immigration as a scapegoat. At times it was not quite clear whether one was watching a the United Kingdom Independence party conference rather than a Tory one. Nowhere was this more evident than in the government’s approach to the National Health Service. …

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Grammar mistakes

Patrick Diamond  |  5 October 2016

Five reasons grammar schools are a terrible idea —Theresa May’s decision to announce the expansion of English grammar schools as a radical approach to improving social mobility has been roundly criticised, not least by former Conservative education secretaries and prominent Tory members of parliament. When David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party, he sought to bury the issue …

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Witney to win

Duncan Enright  |  3 October 2016

Witney and Batley might seem very different places, at either end of England with different political colours. Both face byelections on 20 October, however, and in the words of a great daughter of Labour, there is more in common that unites us than that which divides us. Our campaign in Witney comes in the wake …

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The grammar vacuum

Sam Sims  |  9 September 2016

Aristotle famously said that nature abhors a vacuum. He was half right in the sense that, given a chance, denser material will rush in to fill the void. But as we now know, large parts of the universe do manage to persist in a state of emptiness. It is counterintuitive to think about space persisting …

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Tories have no mandate to water down workers’ rights

Melanie Onn MP  |  8 September 2016

This week I introduced a bill to parliament, which will protect in British law the workers’ rights currently derived from the European Union. Many suggestions were made by the Leave campaign about how the country would look, should the country vote to leave the EU – it would be free to make its own decisions, …

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Watch out

Chuka Umunna MP  |  6 September 2016

Hold the Tory ‘Leavers’ to account for their promises —The result of the European Union referendum was devastating for everyone who passionately believes that Britain is stronger, safer and better off as part of the EU. I know that the vast majority of us in the Labour family feel deeply disappointed. But we should be proud …

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