Breaking down Labour’s heartlands

Ben Gartside  |  15 November 2016

As Ukip’s second leadership race in as many seasons kicks off, it appears that it will be a coronation for North West MEP Paul Nuttall. Even though Ukip’s party has slumped to their lowest polling in two years, the party are still most definitely a threat. Nuttall’s leadership pitch seems to be based around the …

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Centre forward

Atul Hatwal and Gisela Stuart MP  |  2 November 2016

What does the centre-ground look like in a Brexit era? Gisela Stuart and Atul Hatwal survey the landscape.

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Labour needs to speak out on Ched Evans case

Sally Keeble  |  19 October 2016

Labour’s shadow law officers should be speaking out fast and furious about the car crash that was Ched Evans’ acquittal on rape charges. As Vera Baird argues cogently in her Guardian article, the case has put back by 30 years the progress in improving the criminal justice system for rape victims. The decision by the …

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Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game

Mike Katz  |  19 October 2016

Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game. The vast majority of people who are worried by the rising levels of antisemitism in our society highlighted by the home affairs select committee report do not want to see the world’s oldest prejudices stamped out at the expense of addressing all other bigotry. There truly is no …

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How IndyRef2 could become BrexitRef2

Richard Angell  |  14 October 2016

Nicola Sturgeon believes that preparing the legislation for a second referendum on Scottish independence might be a way of calling Theresa May’s bluff on Brexit and Scotland’s place in the single market. If she tries, the bluff-calling might just be on the other foot. In her Today programme interview this morning Sturgeon did her best …

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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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Lisa Nandy MP and Liz Kendall MP  |  7 October 2016

In conversation: Liz Kendall and Lisa Nandy sit down to reflect on their own political traditions within Labour, and where the party heads next How did you come to your politics? LISA: ‘I came into parliament after nearly a decade in the voluntary sector. I think part of what motivated me was how I’d worked …

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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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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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We must fight for our European future

Christabel Edwards  |  5 October 2016

The referendum result was close. Let’s not pretend otherwise. This was not an out-and-out rejection of our European future. It was simply a case of a lot of people being misled by a campaign that played heavily on immigration, and which strayed from the truth about a number of other important issues. Now we are …

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