We will not be bounced

Paul Williams MP and Phil Wilson MP  |  20 November 2017

An arbitrary leaving date risks a triple whammy for the north-east: loss of trade, loss of people who do vital jobs and a contracting economy, believe Paul Williams and Phil Wilson As new Brexit evidence emerges, we have to be honest with our electorate – however difficult that might be for us or for them. …

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‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  23 September 2016

Standing aloof is not an option in today’s world, Hilary Benn tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison   Within 24 hours of our meeting him in his parliamentary office, Hilary Benn hits the headlines twice. What lay behind both stories was his long-standing internationalism and enduring foreign policy interest. It was no overstatement on Benn’s part, then, for …

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A more progressive world

Mike Gapes MP  |  29 October 2015

The new Labour government in 1997 was immediately internationalist in its approach, recalls Mike Gapes The 1997 government hit the ground running – on aid, ethics, Ireland and Europe – and brought a new dynamism to Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world. The Department for International Development was established by Tony Blair on …

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Labour must remain true to our internationalist values

Emma Reynolds MP  |  9 September 2015

Nothing better encapsulates what the Labour party stands for than the phrase on every membership card – ‘by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more together than we do alone’. It is an abiding principle that sums up our core values of solidarity, equality, collectivism and internationalism. Whoever wins the long Labour leadership …

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Time for a straight-talking debate about Syria

Gary Kent  |  8 September 2015

Let’s have a straight-talking and honest political debate about Syria, Iraq and the refugee crisis. Our accepting 4,000, 40,000 or 400,000 Syrian refugees would alleviate problems, massively for those who settle here, but make little difference to millions displaced in the Middle East. Some highlight the impact of refugees on western economies but the normally …

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Labour has a better plan to tackle extreme inequality

Mary Creagh MP  |  26 April 2015

This week marked the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. 1,100 people died that day, crushed when their factory collapsed, many of them making clothes for the British high street. A report out this week by Human Rights Watch shows that disregard of garment workers’ rights in Bangladesh continues. Workers suffer physical …

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Peace through strength

Jamie Milne  |  4 March 2015

Arriving at Taras Shevchenko Boulevard in December 2013 I was greeted by a wondrous sight. Kyiv’s remaining statue of Lenin that stood just a few days earlier – and which I had viewed before with a mixture of bafflement and revulsion – had been pulled down and smashed into fragments. What remained was the pedestal; …

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Preventing, containing and tackling conflict

Stephen Doughty  |  3 March 2015

The events of the last five years have exposed the future character and consequences of conflict for the global order and Britain’s national security. While Britain’s international development policy under Labour always had conflict prevention, civilian protection, and humanitarian response at its heart, the experience of conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq has forced a …

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Getting the UK ‘China-ready’

Adam Tyndall and Joel Mullan  |  15 February 2015

As the largest country by population and purchasing power, China is leading the world into an Asian future. The statistics are well known but the impact is only beginning to be felt. The United Kingdom moves into this future with a headstart. We enjoy strong institutions and infrastructure, educated and healthy people. But this headstart …

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Judo, not chess

Toby Denselow  |  12 February 2015

One could have been excused for forgetting about Ukraine. As events unfolded in the Middle East and the threat of ebola in west Africa continued to scare western audiences, coverage of Ukraine fell flat. Yet, far from calming down, the number of people dying in the conflict continued to rise, and if the presence of …

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