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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 …

The Union Card

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

A recent article in The House magazine caught my eye. Tory MP Robert Halfon, the former education minister, was reflecting on the general election outcome. You may remember Halfon as …

Out And About

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

As a verb, activate can mean to turn on, or to trigger. It can also describe the act of converting a molecule into a reactive form. As a noun it …

John Street’s Diary

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by John Street

Money-go-round Labour is back in business, or rather back with business. Since Jeremy Corbyn became a leader to be taken seriously, boardrooms have been champing at the bit to get …

Westminster Watch

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With a Tory government on the ropes, and behaving like a traumatised rabble, isn’t it about time the Labour Party reclaimed it natural constituency amongst the working class and trade …

As I Please

Published: September 11, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

As a little act of personal homage, I’ve just started rereading the late, great Brian Aldiss’s “Helliconia” trilogy.

Brainwaves

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

It’s a damned shame. An attack on free and open news reporting. An affront to liberal values. Yes, Fox News has been taken off our British televisions. And I thought …

Out of Africa

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At first glance you wouldn’t think there could be a scary similarity between Cecil Rhodes, the arch imperialist, and the octopus-like clan that emigrated from India and engineered a bold …

Undercurrents

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

When I worked for ITN during the 1980s I would find sometimes myself throwing questions at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and various Cabinet members – usually in Downing Street – …

Out of the Cage

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Rather in the manner of a mediaeval monarch visiting his vassal lords, Chancellor Philip Hammond is to undertake a tour of cities in the recalcitrant north.

Letter from America

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

September 2 is Vietnam’s National Day, to commemorate when Ho Chi Minh declared independence from France in 1945.

John Street’s Diary

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by John Street

MPs have enjoyed free activities from Wimbledon to Glastonbury, according to their latest register of interests.

Agenda setting

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

Without a Labour leadership contest to occupy the minds of the ­chattering classes, July and August ­returned to the traditional “silly season”. That was only to be expected, but this …

Cat about the House

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

In the last few weeks we have seen young people on the pages of our newspapers in good news stories. It’s the annual feature of young people clutching envelopes and …

Out And About

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

I recently interviewed Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury (Labour), the very first MP to come out as gay (in 1983), and David Mundell, Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, for …

Reflections

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

There are many things that we in the West take granted for these days – the right to free speech is among them. So used are we to a free …

Prescriptions

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Theresa May’s promise of “parity of esteem” for mental and physical health, the crisis is not being addressed. It’s getting deeper by the day and appears beyond repair. More than …

In Perspective

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

The flow of migrants to mainland Europe and the UK, whether in or out of the European Union, whether our enfeebled Government lands a soft or hard Brexit (whatever they …

As I Please

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

Conservative lies are a backhanded compliment to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, evidence the Tories are worried they’re losing arguments and support. Theresa May’s “challenge” to the Labour leader over student …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Bring back the Saggers to save Stormont! Saggers? What, I hear you say. Is this some secret neo-Masonic cult dreampt up under the Tory/DUP deal? Actually, The Saggers was a …

Pound Notes

Published: July 30, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Wandering the empty and echoing halls of the Palace of Westminster and passing the time with the ever-present doorkeepers and security staff, the MP who has remained at the gas …