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  • Comment Featured Diane Abbott: The Tories tough on crime? Not where animals are concerned.

    Diane Abbott: The Tories tough on crime? Not where animals are concerned.

    The Tories have never been keen on fighting wildlife crime. From the promised legalisation of fox hunting, through to the threatened closure and late reprieve for the National Wildlife Crime Unit in 2016, it seems clear that the Tories have an ambiguous attitude towards criminality where it concerns all types of wildlife. Earlier this year, as part of INTERPOL’s global Operation Thunderbird, border force agents here made 182 seizures, including 11 kilos of ivory, 600,000 live eels, 74 live orchids, […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Liam Byrne: The Tories can stage their festivals but cannot escape their history

    Liam Byrne: The Tories can stage their festivals but cannot escape their history

    This week’s Boris and Theresa show, a ludicrous clash of charisma versus cardboard, is far more than a conference-season game of thrones. Its a sign of things to come. Their clash is not a cause of division; its a symptom of a much deeper confusion within the Conservative party about whether to escape from the deep grip of seven decades of New Right orthodoxy. Renewal in office is always hard. In office, political parties always face an innovator’s dilemma. Do […]

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  • Comment Featured Richard Corbett: May’s Florentine fudge simply highlighted Tory divisions

    Richard Corbett: May’s Florentine fudge simply highlighted Tory divisions

    Ever since Guy Verhofstadt let slip that the monthly Brexit negotiating round was to be put back a week so that Theresa May could make an important proclamation, speculation about the content of her speech has been rife. But, flying all the way to Florence, with a large entourage, pursued by an army of journalists, to give a speech that she could have given in London – or directly to the 27 presidents and prime ministers of the EU countries […]

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  • Featured News Unions Labour can’t accept a Brexit deal that ends free movement, says pro-Corbyn union

    Labour can’t accept a Brexit deal that ends free movement, says pro-Corbyn union

    A pro-Corbyn trade union leader has submitted an emergency motion to Labour conference that would commit the party to opposing any Brexit deal that would end free movement. Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said: “This motion will ensure Labour resist this pernicious attack on working people’s liberty by ensuring the Tory attempt to ban free movement is opposed at every opportunity.” Cortes was one of Jeremy Corbyn’s earliest backers and his union is affiliated to Momentum. The motion […]

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  • Comment Featured Unions Brexit must not be allowed to threaten the Good Friday Agreement

    Brexit must not be allowed to threaten the Good Friday Agreement

    Owen Smith, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, has commented on his forthcoming speech at next Tuesday’s conference fringe organised by the Labour Party Irish Society (LPIS) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), “Brexit: The Irish Questions”. The meeting aims to forge an unprecedented campaigning partnership between labour movements in Britain and Ireland, in defence of the Good Friday Agreement and the economy of the North. The panel of frontbenchers and party leaders also include shadow Brexit minister Jenny […]

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