Labour cannot sit on its hands

Charlotte Norton  |  12 October 2017

There is an appetite for change on abortion rights in Northern Ireland. Labour must offer its support to the women fighting to make that change happen, writes Charlotte Norton The law that covers abortion in Northern Ireland is the 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act. Under that law, women who have, or attempt, an abortion can …

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Forward, not back on women’s representation

Bex Bailey  |  22 June 2017

The general election represented a welcome stride forward for the Labour party on women’s representation – but the job is far from done, argues former NEC youth rep Bex Bailey Labour now has more women MPs than at any point in its history. We must seize on this progress and not stop until we have achieved …

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The Tories’ death rattle sounds

Stephen Beer  |  22 June 2017

A threadbare, unimaginative Queen’s speech leaves Theresa May’s government on the cusp of a very early demise, writes Stephen Beer The Queen’s speech was a vivid representation of the state into which the Conservative party has got both itself and the country. To have any chance of securing the approval of parliament, the government had …

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Gunning for the ‘red Tories’

Conor Pope  |  12 June 2017

This election could bring about another Conservative lurch to the right, bringing room for Labour to put forward its ‘jobs-first’ Brexit vision, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Theresa May called this election hoping to be given a free hand in Brexit negotiations by the British public, and ended up with both tied behind her …

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The death of devolution?

Barry Turley  |  12 January 2017

Many nationalists have come to the conclusion that devolution does not work and that remaining within the UK holds no appeal, writes Barry Turley I have spent my whole adult life working within and around the Northern Ireland peace process. Since the mid 1990’s I have been privileged to have a close view of the momentous …

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Northern Ireland minus Peter Robinson

Peter Hain  |  11 January 2016

Northern Ireland minus Peter Robinson, who steps down as first minister today, will inevitably be different. Having helped negotiate the historic settlement that brought bitter old enemies to share government together in 2007, it was always clear to me that Peter Robinson was the crucial unionist navigator. It would not – indeed could not – have …

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Driving a wedge on climate change

Sally Gimson  |  26 February 2014

Labour attack lines on the Tories were laid out by Ed Miliband in prime minister’s questions today. Broadly they are that the Tories are untrustworthy and divided. Ed Miliband’s questions on climate change reinforced these points. They are good attacks to go on and are corrosive for the government. David Cameron only has himself to …

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Miliband first, Bercow second, Cameron last

Jenny Simms  |  1 February 2012

Who won? Ed Miliband is clearly buoyed by the strength of yesterday’s EU performance, which make his win today as inevitable as a homemade lasagne Chez Balls. Cheered by the backbenches as he rose to his feet we undoubtedly saw the return of ‘Red Ed’ – he even likened tackling bankers’ bonuses to a ‘class …

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Out of mind?

Gary Kent  |  26 October 2011

Northern Ireland once more seems to be out of sight and out of mind. Many feel that the Troubles are over and it can just get on with things without the daily, detailed and deep attention of premiers and presidents. This will please those for whom Northern and Ireland are the two most boring words …

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Boring up North

Paul Hagan  |  24 May 2011

The Northern Ireland assembly election may have been 'boring' - a relief in some ways - with the smaller centrist parties still struggling to find their voice and Peter Robinson back reigning supreme.

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