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  • Comment It’s time to put the Green Belt back on the table

    It’s time to put the Green Belt back on the table

    The UK’s housing crisis has finally been recognised across the political spectrum as an issue that needs urgent attention. Yet despite this consensus, political inertia on housebuilding has seen subsequent governments fail to create policies that address the issue coherently and strategically. Labour’s recent Lyons Review demonstrates a commitment to house-building, with a target of constructing 200,000 homes a year. Yet while the Review recognises that the housing crisis is not evenly spread, requiring different solutions in different places, there is […]

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  • News Scotland ASLEF backs Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour leader

    ASLEF backs Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour leader

    Neil Findlay has become the first Scottish Labour leadership candidate to pick up Trade Union support. Rail union ASLEF have backed the MSP this afternoon, becoming the first union to formally endorse a candidate (although it looks like Unite will back Findlay too). Their General Secretary Mick Whelan released the following statement: “We are supporting Neil Findlay in his bid to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party and, we hope, First Minister in 2016, because he has the character, […]

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  • Featured 5 things we learned from Labour’s PCC by-election victory

    5 things we learned from Labour’s PCC by-election victory

    I was genuinely concerned that Labour might lose the South Yorkshire PCC by-election. In recent weeks local MPs and candidates have been privately concerned by what they’d been hearing on the doorstep, and it seemed that there was a groundswell of support for UKIP – with one telling me it was a “perfect storm” for Labour. In the wake of the shocking Rotherham child abuse scandal, Shaun Wright’s resignation from the post (which Labour doesn’t believe in and has pledged […]

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  • Comment Labour will treat disabled people with dignity and respect

    Labour will treat disabled people with dignity and respect

    Exactly a year ago when the last Remploy factories were closed, government ministers promised Remploy workers support to find new jobs. But one year on, it is clear that promise has been broken. A survey by the GMB union has found that only one in four former Remploy staff are in work. Those who are in jobs are often on shorter hours and less pay. I’ve met former Remploy workers from Yorkshire, Wales, and the North West who told me how they’ve been […]

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  • Featured News Labour wins South Yorkshire PCC By-election on first round

    Labour wins South Yorkshire PCC By-election on first round

    LABOUR WINS THE BYELECTION ON THE FIRST ROUND WITH 50.02% OF THE VOTE Labour spokesperson: “Nigel Farage said he was putting his tanks on our lawn. We took Ukip on and won. Let’s see if Cameron can do the same in Rochester and Strood. Disastrous result for the Tories coming so close to the English Democrats. On this and Heywood performance the Tories have no chance forming a majority.” Labour win Rotherham – the heart of the storm – by 800 votes, […]

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