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  • Featured To defeat UKIP we need to look to the GMB, not anti-fascist campaigns

    To defeat UKIP we need to look to the GMB, not anti-fascist campaigns

    It was only when I arrived in the UK that I became politically active. The first step was handing out anti-BNP leaflets for Unite Against Fascism outside Brixton tube station. It was the 2008 London Assembly elections and it was part of the campaign to stop the BNP from winning an assembly seat. I’d never been involved in political activity before that and like a lot of people wanted to stay away from anything involving politicians. But I felt this […]

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  • Comment Featured The public are calling for a progressive alternative – Labour must seize the moment

    The public are calling for a progressive alternative – Labour must seize the moment

    For much of its period in office, this Tory-led Government has stood accused of being out of touch with the British people. When I made my maiden speech in the House of Commons on 25 May 2010, I implored the Government to learn the lessons of history.  I said the power of the state can be a force for good, but my words fell on deaf ears. Now, four-and-a-half-years after my parliamentary debut, it isn’t just opposition politicians like me who […]

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  • News Labour to abolish Police and Crime Commissioner posts by May 2016

    Labour to abolish Police and Crime Commissioner posts by May 2016

    The Sunday People reports this morning that Labour will abolish Police and Crime Commissioners if elected next year. A senior party source told the paper “They’re finished. The only question now is what we will replace them with”. The paper goes on to suggest that PCCs will cease to exist from May 2016. The roles have come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks, with Shaun Wright refusing to quit as South Yorkshire PCC over the Rotherham child abuse scandal, Bedfordshire […]

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  • Comment Labour’s Lessons from a Sikh Wedding Season

    Labour’s Lessons from a Sikh Wedding Season

    There’s been a fair bit written about the Sikh community in the nationals in the last few days in relation to Cameron’s political appointments to the Lords and some criticism for Labour for not having any representation from the 700,000 strong Sikh community in its Westminster ranks. Personally I don’t think there’s anything to gain in attacking Cameron for making more diverse appointments, even if the guy may not be as entrenched in the Sikh community as was claimed and […]

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  • Featured News Where does Labour really stand on a “Health Tax”?

    Where does Labour really stand on a “Health Tax”?

    The front page of today’s FT suggests that the Labour leadership is considering a “Health Tax” as a means of paying for the NHS, reporting(£): “Ed Miliband is to put the NHS at the centre of Labour’s election campaign and is considering an earmarked “health tax” or exempting the health service from deficit reduction to prove that he can deliver a better service. Mr Miliband believes the NHS is rising up the list of voters’ concerns but wants to offer […]

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