Four reasons the Tories are refusing a Scottish referendum – and two reasons they’ll regret it

“The position remains the same.” These were the words the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alastair Jack, used to dismiss the Scottish Government’s renewed call for another independence vote. His rejection was followed by a statement from Nicola Sturgeon reiterating her demands. But it feels very unlikely that 2020 will see a second vote. Despite More...

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Resignation or resolve? What progressive party leaders are saying as the UK leaves the EU

We look at what the UK’s progressive party leaders are saying today, as the UK formally ends its 47-year partnership with the European Union (and its predecessor the EEC). In no particular order… Liberal More...

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Breakthrough: Leading NHS Trust brings 1,000 staff in-house after strike action

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been forced to bring in-house a thousand outsourced cleaners, caterers and porters, following a campaign of strike action by a migrant-led trade union. The decision made More...

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New Tory rules on work visas after Brexit do nothing for Britain’s social care crisis

On Tuesday, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended that, after Brexit, the current £30,000 salary threshold for work visa applicants should be dropped to £25,600. This will create more More...

By admin On Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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What I learned from co-ordinating a huge voter registration drive before the election

While many local parties and activists focussed on canvassing, 31-year old Londoner Katherine Hearst (on the right) went down a different track. Without any role in or help from the Labour Party itself, she launched More...

By admin On Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Judge reportedly tells Extinction Rebellion activists “you have to succeed” while sentencing them

An Extinction Rebellion activist claims that, on sentencing him and his fellow protesters, a district judge told them “you have to succeed!” Professor Colin Davis is a Bristol University psychologist More...

By admin On Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Natalie Bennett: ‘Social mobility’ for the exceptional few is not enough

Yesterday, the House of Lords asked the government how it would respond to the Sutton Trust’s Mobility Manifesto, containing 10 steps to improve social mobility. I wouldn’t disagree with any of the modest proposals, More...

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Journalists union: The BBC is facing an existential threat

The latest announcement from the BBC brings the total number of job losses proposed in the World Service, radio and News to more than 500. This amounts to an existential threat to the BBC at the same time the More...

By admin On Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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As the Grenfell disaster inquiry starts again, it’s time for social housing tenants to be heard

The second phase of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has just started. As it does, the broader questions of precarity, poverty and inequality experienced by many social tenants should come more More...

By admin On Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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Northern rail nationalised: Now let’s take over the rest of Britain’s failing privatised system

In my five years as Deputy Leader of the Green Party, I’ve taken my fair share of trains up, down and across the country. It’s my favourite way to travel. But it’s no surprise to me to learn that less than More...