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  • Comment Featured Mike Gapes: National campaign is on hold but locally we must continue to defend the democracy the terrorists want to destroy

    Mike Gapes: National campaign is on hold but locally we must continue to defend the democracy the terrorists want to destroy

    This article was first published on Mike Gapes’ blog. I am absolutely appalled and devastated by the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. The deliberate targeting of our children and young people is the act of an evil criminal. My heart goes out to all those affected and their loved ones. I would like to pay tribute to our emergency services and security forces for their swift response following the attack, and to the local cabbies who selflessly helped people leave […]

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  • Featured News Labour’s national election campaign set to re-start by the weekend

    Labour’s national election campaign set to re-start by the weekend

    Labour’s national general election campaign, which was suspended after the Manchester atrocity, is expected to resume on Friday or Saturday. Some MPs standing again – such as Mike Gapes in Ilford South – resumed low-level local leafleting this morning but Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May remain away from the campaign trail. Corbyn last night attended the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing while May spoke to the nation after the threat level was raised to critical, the […]

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  • Comment Featured The universal basic income would shake up a morally bankrupt benefits system

    The universal basic income would shake up a morally bankrupt benefits system

    The idea of a universal or unconditional basic income (UBI) is not a new idea. The concept of providing every citizen with a basic amount of money throughout their lifetime was first mooted by Thomas Paine, and has staunch defenders from around the world and across the political spectrum. The left applaud the principle of universality, its redistributive effect and the potential for tackling poverty; those on the Right see an encouragement to independence, a smaller state, and a way […]

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  • Featured News Seats and Selections Labour MPs set to get back on the doorstep as national campaigns remain suspended

    Labour MPs set to get back on the doorstep as national campaigns remain suspended

    Labour’s election candidates are expected to resume some local campaigning today after vowing that terrorism would not be allowed to “undermine our democratic society”. The party’s national campaign remains suspended but some PPCs are set to return to the doorstep this morning with little more than two weeks to go until polling day. Mike Gapes, the backbencher who is aiming to be returned as MP for Ilford South, said violence must not be permitted to thwart democracy. Yesterday he wrote […]

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  • News Video The poison of terror will not pollute our democratic politics – Corbyn’s video message after Manchester vigil

    The poison of terror will not pollute our democratic politics – Corbyn’s video message after Manchester vigil

    This is the video posted on Twitter by Jeremy Corbyn last night as he attended the vigil in Manchester to remember the innocent victims of Monday’s terror attack. The British people are standing together, determined that terrorism will not divide our communities, as its perpetrators clearly intend. pic.twitter.com/QaqtDpV7Sb — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 23, 2017

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