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  • Featured News Labour could support action against ISIS in Syria – but Jeremy Corbyn won’t

    Labour could support action against ISIS in Syria – but Jeremy Corbyn won’t

    Labour are “ready to work with the Government” to formulate a plan to defeat ISIS, according to Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker. Acting leader Harriet Harman has also today confirmed that the party will consider “very, very seriously” any proposals the Government puts forward to tackle the terrorist organisation. There is a growing belief that the Government will support a bombing campaign against ISIS (who are also known as ISIL) targets in Syria, following similar action in Iraq. Any action would […]

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  • Comment We should lead the world in delivering justice to victims of mesothelioma

    We should lead the world in delivering justice to victims of mesothelioma

    This Friday, I will join campaigners, families and fellow MPs in Manchester to commemorate the victims of the terrible asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. The memorial ceremony, which takes place every year, is a time to reflect and remember – but it’s also a time to be angry. Every year that I’ve attended this ceremony, there have been calls for justice for sufferers. This is a disease that has often been contracted in the workplace, as people went out to earn […]

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  • Comment Europe Votes at 16 is a vital part of engaging young people in the EU referendum

    Votes at 16 is a vital part of engaging young people in the EU referendum

    On this day 87 years ago the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act came into law. It allowed women to vote at 21, the same age as men. Looking back, the arguments against women voting seem bizarre. Yet many of the same arguments are currently being used against 16 and 17-year-olds being given the vote, with naysayers arguing that they are irresponsible, incapable of taking decisions, and even that young people should be kept ‘innocent’ of politics. These negative […]

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  • Comment Featured The Prime Minister’s plan to tackle extremism only makes ISIS more potent

    The Prime Minister’s plan to tackle extremism only makes ISIS more potent

    Nothing highlights the sorry state of this government’s plan to combat ISIS and Islamic extremism more than David Cameron words this week. To defeat “this poisonous ideology,” he wrote: “We must strengthen our institutions that put our values into practice: our democracy, our rule of law, the rights of minorities, our free media, our law enforcements – all the things the terrorists hate.” But does anyone really believe Cameron is interested in strengthening our rule of law, rights of minorities […]

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  • Comment Featured So you’ve been elected leader…

    So you’ve been elected leader…

    Last week, I laid out the potential paths to victory for the four candidates for Labour leader, setting out how it was possible for each candidate to win. Having internal elections like this – especially so soon after the gruelling General Election campaign – September 12th must feel like a finishing post for the candidates and their teams. But of course, the winning of the leadership is really just the start. How should each candidate approach running the Party? What is […]

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