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  • Europe Featured News MPs approve Labour’s motion forcing publication of Brexit legal advice

    MPs approve Labour’s motion forcing publication of Brexit legal advice

    Labour’s motion forcing the government to publish its legal advice on Brexit has passed without a division. The motion, put down by Keir Starmer, uses the humble address procedural device that Labour used last year to force the government’s hand on the impact assessments. The text of the motion reads: “That an humble address be presented to Her Majesty, that she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the following papers be laid before Parliament: any legal advice in […]

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  • Comment Featured Faiza Shaheen: To win power, Labour must improve its storytelling

    Faiza Shaheen: To win power, Labour must improve its storytelling

    When it comes to speaking out against injustices caused by this government and arguing for radical change to improve the lives of the many, Labour wins hands-down. But the question I get asked a lot by smug TV presenters is ‘why aren’t we doing better in the polls?’ Listening to Philip Hammond deliver his Autumn Budget last week gave us a clue. He talked of paying off the debt of “Labour’s Great Recession”, perpetuating a myth that the Tories have expertly narrated. The truth […]

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  • Comment Featured Jon Trickett: The think tank scandal undermines trust in politics. It’s time to rebuild our democracy

    Jon Trickett: The think tank scandal undermines trust in politics. It’s time to rebuild our democracy

    We are once again confronted by evidence that our democracy is being undermined. This time by unaccountable organisations that act against the public interest, hiding behind the pretence of being ‘think tanks’ or ‘educational charities’.  The Guardian reports that the Taxpayers’ Alliance has now conceded not only that it illegally sacked the whistle-blower Shahmir Sanni for revealing overspending in the EU referendum campaign, but that it also intentionally vilified him. What is most interesting here, and of greater significance for democracy, is not […]

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  • Europe Featured News Labour attempts to force government publication of Brexit legal advice

    Labour attempts to force government publication of Brexit legal advice

    Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning. Labour will today try to force a binding vote in the Commons calling on the government to publish its legal advice on the EU withdrawal agreement. This move was anticipated last week, when Keir Starmer first said MPs must have the opportunity to scrutinise the attorney general’s legal advice – particularly on the ‘backstop’ – before voting on the final deal. The Shadow Brexit Secretary yesterday said: “At this […]

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  • Comment Featured Unions Shelly Asquith’s TU-esday round-up: Tube strike, Labour councils and firefighters

    Shelly Asquith’s TU-esday round-up: Tube strike, Labour councils and firefighters

    Central Line strike In a disgraceful attempt to smear the recent ASLEF strike on London’s Underground, Osborne’s Evening Standard published an attack piece yesterday that claimed pay rises were “wasted” on train drivers. The divide-and-rule tactic by the Tory PR machine, designed to create resentment from other sections of the working class, is something the Labour Party needs to be better at refuting. The presentation of this issue speaks to three of our key demands: a pay raise for all public sector […]

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