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Closing the Gender Gap: What Labour Will Do and What the Tories Won’t

Closing the Gender Gap: What Labour Will Do and What the Tories Won’t  by @bevclack   Today we had further evidence – if evidence were needed – of the lack of interest David Cameron’s government has in addressing issues of inequality.   This time it came in the shape of […]

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It’s time for a renaissance of socialism for the 21st Century

Socialism is a word that is rarely uttered in the world of politics. That’s why I’m going to mention what Socialism means to me and hopefully others. Being a socialist is about having a balanced society. Where people are first ; community is important. Where we work together for the […]

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Labour should reclaim the founding principles of the Welfare State

Sometimes, just sometimes we need to go to the past to find the answers for the future. The  mid  1940′s were an inspirational time. Yes, despite having suffered from a World War ; a time of despair, in a time of massive govt debt. Arose from the ashes like a […]

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Lets talk about VAT

Lets talk about VAT

In 2009 the leader of the opposition, David Cameron said this when asked what taxes he would raise :   “You could try, as you say, to put it on VAT, sales tax, but again if you look at the effect of sales tax, it’s very regressive, it hits the […]

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The global financial crisis

In 2008 there was a world financial crisis. In the summer of 2007 there were rumblings in the UK stock market. The banks began to stop lending to each other because of  potential  market fears of  losses on  high risk lending/mortgages in the USA. Thus began the meltdown of the […]

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Would You Know I’m Homeless?

Would You Know I’m Homeless? By Laurie Love USA I’m guessing not. I know what you think about homelessness; I pay attention. Strike that, I don’t have to pay attention to know what you think about homelessness. Your comments about us are loud, and rude, and hostile, and wrong. If […]

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 Jennie Lee A while back I bought a book by Kenneth Morgan called Labour People: Leaders and Lieutenants, Hardie to Kinnock, Out of the 36+ people this book covers only 3 of them are female and one of these is only mentioned in association with her husband. So I thought I’d […]

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Edith Cavell – World War 1 – Heroine

Edith Cavell – World War 1 – Heroine

I felt pretty fed up with the choice of Lord Kitchener to be on the £2 coin.  He represents all that I have always loathed about the First World war – the jingoism, the sheer waste of men, the “Lions led by Donkeys” mentality And then I thought of Edith […]

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My speech – Labour Party Conference – Libraries

My speech – Labour Party Conference – Libraries

Libraries Speech Without Libraries I would not be standing here today as a Labour Councillor.   Without Libraries the trade unions would not have been formed. Without Libraries the Labour party would not be here today.   It was in the mid 1800′s – where inequality and impoverishment was rife – that it was realised that […]

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Libraries – Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.

Libraries – Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.

Libraries have been part of the fabric of  society since at  least  the 7th Century BC . The first library is thought to have been  Library of Ashurbanipal.The site is in modern day Iraq. The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest […]

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