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  • News Labour unveils new and improved zero-hours contract crackdown

    Labour unveils new and improved zero-hours contract crackdown

    Tomorrow Ed Miliband will unveil a significantly stronger plan to crack down on zero hours contracts – introducing legislation early in the next Parliament to ban zero hours contracts for those who are really working regular hours. The policy Miliband will announce tomorrow gives employees the right to a regular contract after just twelve weeks. That’s a big improvement on the party’s previously announced policy of a regular contract after a year on a zero hours contract – and it’ll be […]

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  • Comment It’s time for stronger action to protect our children

    It’s time for stronger action to protect our children

    Today’s NSPCC ChildLine report has shown a hard truth – about how children and young people today are exposed to shocking levels of pornography. They are under pressure like never before to engage in sexual activities at a young age, and face harassment and bullying through digital and social media the likes of which we could never have imagined growing up. We are failing to support them as they face these challenges. We are letting down a whole generation. Last […]

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  • News Scotland New Scotland poll shows tight battle in Labour-held seats – but a divided nation

    New Scotland poll shows tight battle in Labour-held seats – but a divided nation

    A new poll by ComRes for ITV News shows Labour far closer to the SNP than recent Scotland-wide polls – with a gap of only six points between the two parties – SNP 43% to Labour’s 37%. However, to put this into perspective, in 2010 Labour recorded 51% of the vote in these seats, compared to a vote of just 19% for the SNP. On a uniform swing – which we’re unlikely to see – that would mean the SNP […]

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  • Comment Labour’s top 10 party political broadcasts over the years

    Labour’s top 10 party political broadcasts over the years

    Labour released their latest party political broadcast (PPB) yesterday, in which Martin Freeman (accompanied by the voice of David Tennant) lays out “the choice” for voters at this election. This got us thinking in the LabourList office about our favourite PPBs over the years. Here’s our top 10 – though they aren’t in any particular order: The Road Ahead (2010) Stay on the road to recovery is the message from this PPB, following the 2008 financial crash and prior to […]

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  • Comment As my elected MP Grant Shapps is supposed to fight my corner – instead he threatened to sue me

    As my elected MP Grant Shapps is supposed to fight my corner – instead he threatened to sue me

    Last year Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, threatened to sue me, a constituent of his, for libelling him on Facebook about his alter-ego as an internet marketing millionaire called Michael Green. He initially demanded damages and, eventually, to post a retraction which read: “I recently made a post suggesting that Grant Shapps MP had lied over the use of a pen name. I now accept that such an assertion was entirely false and that Mr Shapps MP has […]

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