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  • Comment What good are the arts? Corbyn shows he’ll give culture the attention it needs

    What good are the arts? Corbyn shows he’ll give culture the attention it needs

    What good are the arts? Let me count the ways. I could talk about Arts Council England research which shows that every pound invested in culture generates an additional £1.06 for the economy. I could talk about the various mental health benefits that appreciating and making art can have. The value of the arts should be clear to anyone who has ever relaxed with a good novel, admired a gallery exhibition, binge-watched a TV show, listened to their favourite song […]

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  • Comment Glasgow’s leadership hustings – what you thought about Corbyn and Smith

    Glasgow’s leadership hustings – what you thought about Corbyn and Smith

    During Thursday evening’s leadership debate we asked readers for their reaction to what the candidates were saying. Here are a pick of the contributions: “The secret to understanding Corbyn is just unwillingness to change. He has spent his entire career as a back-bencher, with no ministerial responsibility, and it seems that since he was elected leader he has been trying to lead the Party as a back-bencher.” – John Livesly “What a wonderful error in Smith’s closing speech: ‘If you want Jeremy Corbyn to […]

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  • Featured News Labour conference set to go ahead after security crisis averted

    Labour conference set to go ahead after security crisis averted

    Labour’s conference in Liverpool will go ahead next month, after the party put an end to the doubt over security issues. It has been confirmed that the OCS Group will provide security for the conference at the end of September – avoiding the uncomfortable situation of having GMB picket the event by handing the contract to Showsec, a company they are currently in dispute with. Labour’s General Secretary Iain McNicol said this afternoon: “I am happy to announce we have […]

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  • Comment Featured Corbyn’s pledges on the arts are almost really good

    Corbyn’s pledges on the arts are almost really good

    Nearly 20 years on from when Tony Blair shared drinks and jokes Noel Gallagher and Mick Hucknall at Downing Street, Jeremy Corbyn has rightly taken Labour back to a time when we took the creative industries seriously. The “cool Britannia” image in government came from a sustained investment in the arts, kicking off lottery funding for large cultural projects and introducing free admission for the national museums and galleries. Corbyn could achieve something similar.The leader today unveiled a series of laudable policies […]

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  • Comment Featured Fears of a “purge” have their roots in NEC decisions and conference controversy

    Fears of a “purge” have their roots in NEC decisions and conference controversy

    Last night, Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol took the remarkable step of issuing a public correction to what he felt was a misleading statement by the party’s shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell. This is the culmination of month’s of internal disputes in the Labour Party, and put the level of private unhappiness on show. The series of interconnected rows encompass fears around party staff’s job security, the conference security brouhaha and the handling of the leadership contest. .@johnmcdonnellMP John, just to clarify […]

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