Francois Hollande

The Last Word … Solidarity requires more than words

Jamie Reed MP  |  20 November 2015

David Cameron is right. The fight against Islamism is a generational struggle. This struggle will not be resolved under his tenure in office. When the Conservatives eventually leave office, the fight against Islamism will remain. In reality, the fascists who committed the atrocities in Paris and Beirut last weekend will not be defeated by any …

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Metropolitan police

Understanding what ‘shoot to kill’ means

Angela Smith MP  |  20 November 2015

Friday 13 November 2015 will be forever remembered as the day when everything changed. Like 11 September 2001, when so many died in the name of a fanaticism forged in the fires of hatred and contempt, the massacre in Paris shocked the world into realising afresh that no one is immune to the deathly impact …

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European flag

Anti-terror debate moves to EU level

Claude Moraes MEP  |  20 November 2015

There are so many things that can be said following the shocking events in Paris. Many of those things were already been said following the Charlie Hebdo massacre or indeed after the 2005 London bombings or the Atocha outrage in Madrid. The fact is Paris carries with it some common denominators of previous tragedies but …

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Beyond ‘employment boot camps’

Ibrahim Dogus  |  17 November 2015

There was much debate after the Tory government once again mooted proposals to force young people to attend ‘employment boot camps’, focusing on unemployed youth who depend on benefits. What Labour needs to provide is a positive alternative for young people. It can do this by supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises and provide the means …

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Trafalgar Square

The meaning of internationalism

Jacqui Smith  |  16 November 2015

What a very grim weekend it has been watching the aftermath of the Paris attacks. I have turned down many requests for interviews as I dislike the need for speculation and anger-driven conclusions which immediate responses require. However, three days on, I offer here a few reflections on Friday’s events. First, my heart goes out …

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Housing Rye estate

It is up to Labour to solve the housing crisis

Mark Williams  |  16 November 2015

That we are in the grip of a housing crisis is indisputable. With deep spending cuts to local councils and yet more regressive housing policies from government, it can be difficult to see any hope of tackling this crisis. But that is exactly what Labour must do in local government. Making sure that everyone has …

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George Osborne summer budget 2015

The Osborne deficit

Alison McGovern MP  |  12 November 2015

When George Osborne stands up for the autumn statement on 25 November, remember this figure: £60bn. Why? Because that is his deficit. Not the budget gap caused by the global financial crisis. Not the deficit he says he inherited. That is the Osborne deficit. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, it is the gap …

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George Galloway

No way to Galloway

Dawn Butler MP  |  12 November 2015

Suggestions that George Galloway should be readmitted to the Labour party are rather bewildering. As chair of the women’s parliamentary Labour party, I am sure that there would be an almighty revolt. Galloway has an ugly track record in opposing Labour women. Talk to Naz Shah, the brilliant new member of parliament for Bradford West, …

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Police tape

Time for Labour to step up on PCC campaigning

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  12 November 2015

Discussions of May 2016 as the first real test of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party focus on local council elections but rarely mention another election taking place on the same day: that of the country’s police and crime commissioners. Andy Burnham’s quick acceptance upon assuming the role of shadow home secretary, that PCCs …

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Think the housing crisis can’t get worse? Think again

Matthew Bennett  |  11 November 2015

In Lambeth, where I am a councillor, we have over 21,000 people on our waiting list. The average waiting time for a family home for people in high priority is around five to eight years. Private rents have soared and being evicted from a private tenancy is now the number one cause of homelessness in …

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