The Tories won’t win because they’re barking up the wrong tree

What Ashcroft found was that too few voters trusted the Tories to manage public services and to govern in the interests of all. Europe, welfare and immigration are not the fundamental issues: public services and governing for all, not the top 1%, are the real issues. The Tories could also hardly have made it plainer that they do not govern in the i [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015

Zero Discrimination Day: why LBGT rights matter worldwide

When Ed Miliband appointed me his LGBTI global envoy he displayed once again his grasp of the wrongs that exist in the world and our need to be part of the resolution of these defining issue. His lead was followed this month when President Obama appointed Randy Berry as State Department LGBT envoy. And this is extremely important because when oppre [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015

Immigration is up to 624,000: 2.5x Medway’s population

624,000 people came to the UK as immigrants in the year up to September 2014 we learnt on Thursday. That is two and a half times the population of the Medway Towns. Even after subtracting the number of people who left the country in the same year, net immigration to Britain was about 300,000 people. That is as many as live in Medway and Gravesend p [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015

A few well-aimed shots can stop poachers making rhinos extinct

The slaughter is surging, with a South African rhino killed every seven hours for its horn. As you get closer, the ranger explains that in order to save money, only one shot is used, which rarely kills the rhino. Then, if the animal is still thrashing around, they gouge out its eyes and hack off its ears, to allow other poachers to approach and saw [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015

Isla-Grace's Hospital Adventure

Many of his photographs appear on Look North and ITV Calendar, in the Wharfedale and Airedale Observe and also on the BBC Weather website! He has donated one of his own photographs of Yeadon Tarn, taken on the 6th October 2014 after a very wet and miserable day. Steve has his own facebook page where you can view his many photographs of our beautifu [...] Read more ...

Budget 2015: There could not be a better time for the Chancellor to find a spare £5bn down the back of his sofa

The first time I heard the words “David Cameron” was during the 1992 general election campaign. Steve Hilton, seconded from Conservative Central Office to Saatchi & Saatchi, told me to look out for this guy called David Cameron because he was going to be prime minister one day. I mention this now because of the similarities between then and now [...] Read more ...

via Independent
1 Mar 2015

The Labour Party

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1 Mar 2015

Two-thirds are in favour of Labour's tuition fee pledge, poll finds

YouGov polling on behalf of The Times Red Box, has found that two-thirds of people are in favour of Labour’s plan to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year. As we reported on Friday, Labour announced they would cut tuition fees and increase the maintenance grant by £400. They would fund this by reducing tax reliefs given to the country [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015

Rail franchising faces 100-day deadline

LABOUR has promised that it would start changing the law to allow a public sector operator to compete for rail franchises within 100 days of being elected. He said: “The end of East Coast Trains will be a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike. Mr Dugher has already signalled the end of rail franchising as such, saying that he [...] Read more ...

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1 Mar 2015