Latest

  • News “What would you call it?” Nigel Farage defends use of racist term by UKIP candidate

    “What would you call it?” Nigel Farage defends use of racist term by UKIP candidate

    Nigel Farage has defended the use of a racist term used by a UKIP candidate – who had to resign after his bigoted comments were uncovered. Kerry Smith, the party’s candidate in target seat South Basildon and East Thurrock, had been caught using homophobic and racist language in a phone call, and resigned as PPC on Sunday night. In a statement, he said that he wanted “to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people” – but […]

    Read more →
  • Featured An election pledge card of two halves?

    An election pledge card of two halves?

    So far Ed Miliband has revealed two of Labour’s General Election pledges – first was a commitment to eliminating the deficit, which was quickly followed by a second on immigration. These pledge have been broadly supported by LabourList readers in our weekly survey this week, and that’ll be good news for Miliband and his team as they begin go think about their Christmas break, as these pledges were always likely to be the most contentious and hardest to sell to Labour […]

    Read more →
  • News Salmond hints at giving support to a minority Labour government

    Salmond hints at giving support to a minority Labour government

    The SNP’s convention says that it’s MP will not vote on English laws. However, former SNP leader, Alex Salmond has said they might be willing to put this to one side, to support a minority Labour government if no party wins an outright majority next year. In an interview with the Independent, Salmond explained “I would lay odds on a balanced parliament. “That’s an opportunity to have delivered to Scotland what we have been promised.” Giving the example of two […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News LabourList readers back Miliband’s pledges

    LabourList readers back Miliband’s pledges

    Last Thursday, Ed Miliband made Labour’s first election pledge, Conor Pope gave us the low-down of what this meant.  Effectively, Miliband said Labour would reduce the deficit but noted that a next Labour government would do so while securing the future of the NHS. Labour is long portrayed as the fiscally irresponsible party, and this speech saw Miliband try to rectify this mischaracterisation. So we wanted to know what LabourList readers thought about this pledge. The news looks good for the Labour […]

    Read more →
  • Comment There’s more to Higher Education than the REF

    There’s more to Higher Education than the REF

    Yesterday, British universities were in a spin. The result of six years of stress and anxiety, management pressure and absurdly bureaucratic language is out. We know the REF scores. We know, in other words, the numbers that every university department in Britain have been given for the quality and impact of their research over the last six years. The REF dominates university life. It decides appointments and shapes the way university managers treat staff – many hire research ‘stars’ at […]

    Read more →