Christian Wolmar: It is time for Labour to embrace the EU

21st February, 2018 3:01 pm 0 comments

This is urgent. Labour must embrace staying in the single market and the customs union or face haemorrhaging members and taking a battering at the polls. That message is coming through from both members and supporters. We are stuck at 40 per cent in the polls because Labour has failed to take a position on Europe, which many of the 48 per cent are willing us to do. And, I suspect, some of the 52 per cent too. I spent […]

Diane Abbott: Failed Tory immigration policy is damaging to jobs and prosperity

21st February, 2018 1:57 pm 0 comments

For three months in a row now the Home Office has turned away fully qualified doctors from overseas who have applied for jobs here. This is a direct consequence of the Tories’ failed immigration policies, and we are all paying the price. It’s possible that EU some nationals could be less keen to come here as Brexit approaches. But it is definitely the case that the NHS is in a recruitment crisis. This is crucial in an area where there […]

Morning LabourList: Back to Black

21st February, 2018 10:00 am 0 comments

Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning. Every active member of a constituency Labour party knows things can get messy. Often after a CLP meeting, when canvassers could be discussing campaign ideas and local councillors could be swapping notes on casework, what’s actually happening is that groups of people are “plotting”. In search of an echo chamber that serves pints, the cliques of mini-Machiavellis may even split off into separate pubs. This factionalism isn’t new, […]

Ann Black claims she was misled to stop her standing as NPF Chair

21st February, 2018 9:00 am 0 comments

Ann Black has hit back at her critics and claims Jeremy Corbyn’s office “lied” to keep her off a key decision-making group. Yesterday the National Executive Committee and National Policy Forum member published a report on the NPF meeting that took place over the weekend. She revealed her account of the meeting and the run-up to it, as well as her thoughts on the NEC’s recent decisions. The weekend conference was dominated by the events that unfolded on Saturday morning, […]

We will “make finance the servant of industry, not the masters of us all” – Corbyn’s full speech to the EEF

20th February, 2018 2:06 pm 0 comments

Thank you Steph and thank you all for having me here today. I’d like to congratulate your new Chief Executive, Stephen Phipson, on his appointment. Stephen, best of luck with your new role. I look forward to working closely with you. I’d also like to pay special tribute to EEF’s Chair, Dame Judith Hackitt. Judith stands alongside a number of woman engineers, including Steph who won the Young Engineer for Britain award when she was 19, playing a pioneering leadership […]

David Davis sets a low bar for Brexit with “Mad Max” reference

20th February, 2018 1:42 pm 0 comments

Today David Davis has said Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” following its exit from the EU. Delivering the third of the government’s “road to Brexit” series of speeches, the DExEU secretary said some people “fear that Brexit could lead to an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom with Britain plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction”. “These fears about a race to the bottom are based on nothing, not our […]

Britain needs to get global-ready as we prepare to leave the EU

20th February, 2018 1:04 pm 0 comments

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, we need to be thinking about our position globally to ensure that we can compete and prosper economically and socially on the international stage. While understandably most parliamentary activity is currently focused on the Brexit deal, we need to consider what happens next as Britain seeks a more independent role for itself in global trade. The idea of auditing our strengths and vulnerabilities as a nation should not be something brought […]

Morning LabourList: Silly season in spring

20th February, 2018 10:40 am 0 comments

Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning. Somehow, inexplicably, the “Commie Corbyn” Czech spy story is still a thing. Last night, Tory MP Ben Bradley (whose name is popping up far too often at the moment) was forced to delete a Tweet stating Jeremy Corbyn “sold British secrets to Communist spies” after the leader threatened legal action. Tom Watson has written a piece for the Independent today calling out the Czech spy story as “propaganda, […]

Labour factionalism – and why I refuse to get involved

20th February, 2018 7:59 am 0 comments

It’s 2018. The National Health Service is on its knees, decimated by cuts and fighting crisis after crisis. Homelessness is soaring, having increased by 169% since the Conservative Party’s return to government in 2010. Universal credit is utterly failing, and Britain’s post-Brexit future remains more uncertain than ever. There could not be a more appropriate time for the Labour Party to step forward, provide strong and passionate opposition and lead the fight towards a better future. Instead, we’re turning on […]

Come what May, Labour must defend widening participation in higher education

19th February, 2018 6:05 pm 0 comments

The “radical review” into tuition fees promised by May today will look into overhauling a regressive system she helped create that punishes the most disadvantaged students. It may on the surface be a somewhat welcome product of Labour pressure and a positive argument for the continued participation of young people in our politics. We know already, however, that reforms will go nowhere near far or fast enough under the Conservatives and that only Labour is promising a clear-cut policy on […]


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