An absolutely remarkable and moving film produced in the final two weeks of Philip Gould’s life. His book, “When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone” is published in the UK by Little Brown. Proceeds from the book will go to the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Fund and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Click on the links to make a donation.
“You can’t empower local government if you impoverish it” – Harriet Harman’s response to the Queen’s Speech
Harriet Harman, who is the interim Labour leader, today gave her party’s response to the Government’s Queen’s Speech. In it, she directed a number of jibes to the Tories, saying to David Cameron “we are both, by our own admission, interim leaders” in reference to his announcement prior to the election that he wouldn’t serve the full five years as leader. She made it clear that Labour were intent on holding the Government to account and she argued that changes […]Read more →
Ken Macintosh MSP, who is considering standing to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party, has written to the outgoing leader Jim Murphy, the Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee and to the General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party to ask for changes to be made to the way a new party leader is elected. In an open letter, Macintosh he asks that Scottish Labour Party elect its new leader by using One Member One Vote system and […]Read more →
“Labour’s era may now be over and perhaps it is time for something new”, wrote one commentator in last Sunday’s Observer. Keen to gain a hearing for their views, academics and journalists have joined some of my Labour colleagues in talking up the implications of our defeat on 7 May, just as they did in 1992. Then, as now, we were told that Labour could never form a majority government again. Just five years later we secured our biggest victory […]Read more →
The Queen’s Speech sets the government’s agenda for the coming parliament. And today’s gave a clear sign as to what this Tory government – the first in 18 years – considers a priority: taking away workers’ right to legally go on strike. In one speech, the Government – using the Queen as their mouthpiece – went from saying they wanted to help working people to outlining how they would effectively ban the right to strike. In their Trade Unions Bills, […]Read more →
It is almost as much a tradition of the State Opening of Parliament as the rest of the regal pageantry, and once a year the political world awaits with baited breath what Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner will say when the Black Rod enters the House of Commons chamber. Except this year there was nothing. NO DENNIS SKINNER QUIP! #worstconstitutionalcrisissincetheabdication — Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) May 27, 2015 Despite managing to keep his usual front row seat in the ongoing battle with […]Read more →