All articles by: Chris McLaughlin

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 …

Labour rebels threaten a ‘war of attrition’

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A “kamikaze” plot to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as the democratically elected Labour leader has entered a summer of choreographed discontent by right-wing MPs prepared to adopt the discredited Trotskyist theory …

Labour in turmoil

Published: July 23, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin examines the battle for the heart and soul of the Labour party   A senior Labour MP on his way to the ‘hustings’ at which the leadership candidates …

Brexit exposes a nation in denial

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Britain’s decision to vote in favour of leaving the European Union has lifted a stone on a country which, underneath its comfortable, conservative surface, is wracked by division. The divide …

Far right denied

Published: May 27, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

An attempt by the far right to take the presidency of Austria was seen off by the narrowest of margins when the former Green Party leader beat the anti-immigration Freedom …