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TimTalks

Lib Dem Leadership candidate Tim Farron in the first of a series of short videos discussing his views on various issues [...] Read more ...

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29 May 2015

Neither the Tories or the SNP are effectively dealing with FOBTs

As the last Parliament closed, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) remained one of the “barnacles” on the Tory boat that they failed to remove in advance of the general election. In the final two weeks before recess Sajid Javid and his junior minister Helen Grant sneaked through a statutory instrument introducing a £50 staking threshold on FO [...] Read more ...

via Labourlist
29 May 2015

Independent Blogs

Here is the full text:It’s always a pleasure to be at De Montfort University. Liz Kendall is giving a speech today at De Montfort University in her Leicester West constituency. As Earl of Leicester, Simon De Montfort summoned the first parliament that included citizens of major towns, not just the aristocracy.Every Labour [...] It is interesting. Read more ...

via Independent
29 May 2015

Labour needs to confront not appease the UKIP agenda

Regardless of which parties UKIP attracts its support from, Labour needs to confront UKIP’s racism, but this is also the way to drive back UKIP and for Labour to advance. Left Futures is a new Labour Left network. Only 1.7 per cent of those polled were 2010 Labour who switched to vote UKIP in 2015. In fact in this election Labour was the only mai [...] Read more ...

via Leftfutures
29 May 2015

Aspiration is a story, not a slogan

As Labour soul-searches for new leadership and policies, the word ‘aspiration’ has swirled around ever more densely. Though John Prescott rightly took to task its over-glib use, aspiration has always been central to Labour’s storybook. Having high hopes and striving to fulfil them from was the stuff of Harold Wilson’s great speeches heraldi [...] Read more ...

via Labourlist
29 May 2015

The return of Degsy – welcome or not

He once wittily described Degsy in Tribune (7 March 1986) as “possibly one of the most attractive faces of the Labour Party since Oswald Mosely“. But however unsavoury a character I find Degsy, I cannot think of a good reason for keeping him out. The Labour Party was founded by the trade union movement and no one should pretend it wasn’t.” [...] Read more ...

via Leftfutures
29 May 2015

Reshaping the Politics of Contemporary...

http://www.theoptimisticpatriot.co.uk/post/120025713908/reshaping-the-politics-of-contemporary