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  • Comment Featured Angela Rayner: Labour will end the race to the bottom in our schools

    Angela Rayner: Labour will end the race to the bottom in our schools

    There is a story about President Kennedy visiting the NASA space centre in the 1960s. He met a man in janitor’s overalls, sweeping the floor of the corridor. “What do you do here?” he asked. “I send astronauts to the moon,” the man replied. I think of that when I speak to union members like those I used to represent, working in our public services but all too often unrecognised as so-called ‘support staff’. In schools, for example, I know […]

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  • Featured News Theresa May has no right to celebrate ‘Windrush Day’

    Theresa May has no right to celebrate ‘Windrush Day’

    Today Labour is calling for a new hardship fund to support the Windrush generation. The announcement by Diane Abbott follows immigration minister Caroline Nokes’ admission that the government still has not determined “any” details of a compensation scheme. Instead of getting on with it, the Home Office called for evidence on the compensation scheme and intends to launch a “full consultation”, and we don’t know when that is going to start. The home affairs select committee also says a fund […]

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  • Comment Featured Diane Abbott: Let’s celebrate the Windrush generation and end the hostile environment

    Diane Abbott: Let’s celebrate the Windrush generation and end the hostile environment

    Seventy years ago, in 1948, the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England, having sailed into history having begun its journey in Jamaica. The 492 passengers were the earliest group of post-war Caribbean migrants and achieved an almost iconic status. In recent months, the Empire Windrush has given its name to a scandal that obliged Theresa May to apologise and Amber Rudd to resign. Millions have been appalled at how we could have treated people who had travelled here legally, and […]

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  • Featured Local Government News Council by-elections: Labour wins in London and Essex as Tories lose seats

    Council by-elections: Labour wins in London and Essex as Tories lose seats

    Labour won a seat from UKIP and held two other seats with increased vote share in the latest round of council by-elections. In the eleven contests held yesterday, Labour made a gain in Basildon’s Pitsea South East ward, Essex. Traditionally a Tory-Labour marginal, it became a three-way marginal following the rise of UKIP in 2012, according to Andrew Teale of Britain Elects. Last night Labour’s Andrew Ansell won a tight race with 46.1 per cent of the vote against the Tory candidate’s 45.6 […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured This week has shown Theresa May’s nasty party is ruthless but vulnerable

    This week has shown Theresa May’s nasty party is ruthless but vulnerable

    This week saw the Conservative Party revert to type as the ‘nasty party’. Forcing Naz Shah MP to vote in a wheelchair clutching a sick bowl on her lap echoed what the Tories did in 1950-51. Facing a Labour government down to a majority of only five, they forced Labour MPs to come to Westminster in ambulances and vote by being pushed on hospital trollies. The Tories smelled power, and won the election of 1951 with a comfortable majority. They are […]

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