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On the 1st March 1945, a reggae legend was born. Two years later, on the 1st March 1947, Mike Read was born. Unfortunately, a birthday is no longer the only thing that connects Mike Read and multiple Grammy-winner Burning Spear. They are now both purveyors of politically charged Afro-Carribean songs about independence. By now, you should all be aware of the new UKIP single. Sung by former Radio One disc jockey Mike Read, it is a rare foray by the […]Read more →
The biggest story of last night’s mini-reshuffle was the return of Pat McFadden to Labour’s frontbenches, as Shadow Europe Minister, four years after he left his post at Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills. While much has been made of his Blairite credentials, what may be more interesting is his position on free movement within the EU. The Labour Party has been talking a lot about “fair movement, not free movement” in the EU – most recently Shadow Immigration minister Dave […]Read more →
If you care about the rise of UKIP’s populist right-wing politics and you want to do something to stop it now, there is one place you need to make a trip to and campaign for Labour between now and 20 November: Rochester & Strood. Polling guru Mike Smithson has said it “will have a dramatic affect on the political environment in the six months to the May 7th general election.” He’s thinking of the impact between UKIP and the Tories, […]Read more →
Update: Pat McFadden becomes Shadow Europe Minister, replacing Gareth Thomas. Thomas moves within the Shadow FCO team to become Shadow Minister for North Africa and the Middle East. Ian Lucas moves from Foreign Affairs to Defence – he’ll be covering international security strategy. And last but not least, Yvonne Fovargue moves from Defence to Education replacing Rushanara Ali as Shadow Minister for Young People. That means McFadden is the one new recruit for Miliband’s front bench, speaking this evening, he said: “I’m […]Read more →
Today we have seen the Tory lie machine out once again attacking Wales and distorting the truth about the NHS in Wales. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why: they are trying to distract attention from the harm the Tory-led Government is doing to the NHS in England. Yes, like in all health systems, there are pressures on the NHS in Wales. But the reality is that the NHS in Wales has improved dramatically over the last decade […]Read more →