Today, Jeremy Hunt will ask Parliament to give him new powers to impose cuts to hospitals across the country and give local people and clinicians little chance to object. The debate comes after his plan to downgrade Lewisham Hospital last year – to balance the books in a neighbouring hospital trust – was thrown out by the High Court. Campaigners there won a victory for us all. It is arrogance in the extreme that his response to that defeat was […]
Tory Minister Lord Freud – who once referred to people on benefits as corpses – has come under fire again after he said that it was “very hard” to know why people use Food Banks. Speaking in the Lords, Freud said: “Clearly nobody...
Many people had been wondering why Gordon Brown hasn’t been more involved in the debate around the Scottish Independence referendum. Today he’s getting involved in a big way – by outlining a 6 point plan to change the constitutional...
Unite halves affiliation fees to Labour – but pledges to help Labour make general election a “fair fight”
As expected, Unite’s Executive have today agreed to half the number of members they affiliate to the Labour Party in 2014, from 1 million down to 500,000 as a result of Miliband’s party reforms. That of course means a halving in Unite’s...
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My brother, once he’d got himself set up with a room in a shared house near a tube station after finishing Uni, used to “hilariously” divide England into two parts: London and Not London. While it might have raised a smile at his airs for metropolitan...
I found myself one Saturday evening recently arguing the toss on Twitter with Billy Bragg about the Scottish independence referendum. This is the upside of social media – discussion with people whom you otherwise would not get to meet. Does this make...
For generations in Britain, when the economy grew, most people got better off with it. But that isn’t true anymore. Especially for young people. The number of young people left on unemployment benefits for over a year has doubled since 2010 under David...
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