All articles by: Chris McLaughlin

Poor kids at risk as spending falls

Published: February 7, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

The poorest, most vulnerable children in Britain’s most deprived areas are bearing the brunt of government spending cuts according to latest figures. A study for the Department of Education shows …

Parliament to go plastics-free

Published: February 6, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

The British parliament could become the first plastics-free legislature in the world following a planned £3.5 billion refurbishment. The ambitious scheme is to be considered by architects and MPs in …

Lewis back in non-reshuffle

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

In what a spokesman denied was a reshuffle at all, Jeremy Corbyn has made 13 changes in the junior ranks of the Labour front bench and recalled Clive Lewis to …

Labour NEC swings left

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Grassroots party members have taken control of Labour’s ruling national executive committee in elections which strengthen Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Supporters of Momentum, the organisation that played a key role in …

No easy path for election winners

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

T he election for the first time since the end of the Second World War of a far right party to the German parliament, the Bundestag, created shock waves throughout …

What is now the rallying cry for Brexit?

Published: October 10, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Tory divisions over Brexit are dominating all within the cabinet, not least the fate of the Prime Minister Theresa May. Now, talk about the possibility of there being no negotiated …

Conference Diary

Published: September 25, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

+ There were so many present at conference at one point that there were too many to get in. More than 13,000 in fact, a staggering figure. A sign of …

Cash-strapped workers going hungry

Published: September 19, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Workers are skipping meals and turning off the heating in order to make ends meet according to a survey described by Labour as “devastating”. A poll carried out independently for …

Unions slam report on workers’ rights

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A long-awaited blueprint on improving employment rights for zero hour workers has been branded a “lost opportunity” by trade union leaders. The Taylor review into working practices recommends better treat­ment, …

Record nominations for Unite leadership

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A record number of nominations have been submitted for the leadership of Britain’s largest trade union. Almost 1,500 branches, the most ever, have  made nominations for the post of Unite …