Tory MPs must vote with their conscience and pause the universal credit rollout, Abrahams urges ahead of debate

18th October, 2017 9:18 am 0 comments

Up to 25 Tory MPs might be willing to rebel against the government and back Labour’s fight to pause the rollout of Universal Credit. Labour have secured an opposition day debate on the embattled policy today, which according to the department for work and pensions’ own data is seeing a quarter of claimants waiting over six weeks to receive any funds. There are fears this is often forcing people further into debt, rent arrears and even evictions. Half of those […]

Laura Smith: Politics isn’t geared up for people like me – but by being in parliament I can make a difference

18th October, 2017 9:00 am 0 comments

The most common questions I am asked is how do you do this job with young children? How do you cope? When do you see them? And the killer that, of course, always feels like a jab to the stomach: how are the children surviving without you? With a smile on my face I inform the person asking that “it’s hard but we are managing to work it out.”. The truth of course is far more complicated. The reality is […]

Corbyn, Labour and public opinion can break down the secret world of lobbying

18th October, 2017 8:00 am 0 comments

Last month saw the creation of a new think tank, the Institute for Free Trade. Speaking at the launch, Liam Fox stated its purpose: to persuade the masses to get behind free market capitalism. “We need to sell our vision to the public,” he declared. What is interesting is not so much the current “sell” for free markets – you can read the pitch from the Institute’s founder, Dan Hannan, in the Sun on the day of the launch – but […]

Cat Smith: It wasn’t social media that brought out young people in June – it was anger over austerity

18th October, 2017 7:00 am 0 comments

How do we get more young people involved in politics? This is a question I hear time and time again, and clearly one of many dilemmas facing the Conservative Party at the moment.  Britain’s chief scout Bear Grylls told delegates at Conservative Party conference that the Tories “will perish” if they continue to ignore the younger generation. In a recent Huffington Post article, Tom Pursglove, Tory MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, offered some solutions. He argued that his party […]

LabourList survey: Rigging the system, Tory rebellions and Brexit

17th October, 2017 6:00 pm 0 comments

This week sees zero government business in the Commons. The only divisions are on Labour’s Opposition Day business and backbench bills. Are the Tories avoiding votes because they are scared of their backbenchers siding with Labour? The parliamentary calendar is empty because Theresa May kicked the next stage of the Brexit Bill into the long grass for fear of a rebellion. Considering the sweeping powers the bill gives to ministers, are the Tories trying to escape scrutiny of their approach to […]

The boom years model of growth was morally and practically bankrupt

17th October, 2017 4:00 pm 0 comments

In a context in which we have been long told that “we are all in it together”, to ask for inclusive growth might not seem to be asking for very much. Who could object, after all, to the idea that any growth dividend arising from our (admittedly) still meagre recovery should be evenly shared?  Indeed, isn’t such a commitment logically entailed by the very suggestion that we are all in it together – shared pain; sharing gain?  Put like this, inclusive […]

George Monbiot: Keynesianism is dead. We need a radical reboot of our economy

17th October, 2017 1:00 pm 0 comments

The ideology Labour confronts has penetrated so far into our lives, and has been so thoroughly internalised and reproduced, that we have found it difficult to see, or even to name. This ideology is neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is the doctrine that human society should be defined as a market, its social relations reimagined as commercial transactions, to discover a “natural hierarchy” of winners and losers. Any attempt to limit competition or change social outcomes is treated as hostile to liberty. Trade […]

Labour’s anger over “unfair and undemocratic” boundary review which would abolish Corbyn’s seat

17th October, 2017 9:21 am 0 comments

A key ally of Jeremy Corbyn has condemned plans to cut the number of MPs and redraw the parliamentary map as “unfair and undemocratic”. Cat Smith criticised the latest proposals from the Boundary Commission, which would cut the size of the Commons by 50 t0 600, amid concerns the Tories would be the main beneficiaries. The reforms, published this morning, are a revival of David Cameron’s plan to cut the cost of politics which were shelved in 2013 after his […]

Selina Todd: Four new bank holidays will start Labour’s transformation of how we work

17th October, 2017 9:03 am 0 comments

One of the elements of Labour’s 2017 manifesto that made me cheer was the pledge to create four new bank holidays. But it was too often treated as a cherry on the cake, rather than the kernel of an idea that could help us transform the excellent but discrete elements of the Party’s programme into a coherent, ambitious, socialist offer. After 20 years of appealing to the ‘middle class’, both Tories and Labour floundered after the recession when it became […]

Rodney Bickerstaffe: A trade unionist who made you proud to be British

17th October, 2017 7:00 am 0 comments

It was fitting that Jeremy Corbyn began his recent session of prime minister’s questions with a tribute to one of the giants of the movement, Rodney Bickerstaffe, who died earlier this month. The Labour leader made special mention of Bick’s role in getting the national minimum wage into law. But the former general secretary of the public service union Unison and president of the National Pensioners’ Convention believed that fighting for the disadvantaged didn’t stop at national borders.  He took […]

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