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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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  • Featured News Unions Union chief challenges Labour over “politically motivated” suspensions

    Union chief challenges Labour over “politically motivated” suspensions

    The trade union leader suspended from Labour – apparently over social media posts – has attacked the decision as “flying in the face of natural justice” and claimed it could be “politically motivated”. Ronnie Draper, general secretary of BFAWU, has said he will be writing to general secretary Iain McNicol over “arbitrary” bans on ordinary members and supporters after he was suspended – meaning he and others cannot vote in the leadership contest. The Labour-affiliated Bakers’ Union has endorsed Jeremy […]

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  • Featured News Corbyn: I’ll reverse cuts and deliver a “transformative vision” for British arts

    Corbyn: I’ll reverse cuts and deliver a “transformative vision” for British arts

    Jeremy Corbyn has today pledged to spend an extra £40m a year on the arts and introduce an pupil premium in order to support cultural education if he were elected Prime Minister. The leader promised to reverse the Tory cuts to arts budgets to increase spending to match the European average as a proportion of GDP – which would cost £42.8m a year. He would also introduce funding, similar to that of the physical education pupil premium, which would give a cash boost […]

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