Lies, Damn Lies and the Welfare Debate

Next week the Government plans to bring forward a new Bill on welfare reform – the latest salvo in the Tories’ ongoing war of attrition on our welfare state and the principles that underpin it.

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What does the Human Rights Act have to do with George Osborne’s Budget? More than you might think.

I know, I know, it looks like this is a woman who’s obsessed with Human Rights. But stay with me on this – there is a connection.

All the signs are that next week’s budget will feature a massive and unprecedented raid on working peoples’ pockets. If the Government doesn’t have enough money to make work pay, you might be forgiven for asking, just what are the Tories willing to spend money on these days?...

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London’s GP practices need an urgent reprieve

In London, from Lewisham to Chase Farm, we are all too familiar with battles to save local hospitals and A&Es. But there is an even more serious crisis quietly brewing. It threatens the future of our health service across the capital, but especially in inner London. It is the dire state of our GP services, which after all account for more than 90% of the care the NHS provides....

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Londoners must stand against Tory policies which undermine our communities

Ask people why they love living in London and they’re likely to tell you it’s because it’s such a mixed place, with people from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds living on top of each other. In central London our communities are especially mixed, with affluent owner-occupiers living side by side with more deprived housing estates...

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Making a Mess of the EU Referendum

Another Tory flagship manifesto commitment came before MPs today, as the Bill which sets the framework for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union received its second reading. To put it mildly, the Bill gets the referendum off to a bad start...

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GP crisis becoming steadily worse

David Cameron may have gone into the election promising to deliver “a truly 7-day NHS”, but the real truth is that there are many people who can’t even register with a GP.

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The Queen’s speech – your rights at stake

Having barely scraped back into Downing Street after fighting one of the dirtiest election campaigns in British political history, the Cameron cabinet is now putting the final touches on a Queen’s speech that is likely to unveil one of the most radical – and dangerous – agendas that any government has sought to push through in decades.

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Don’t be Hoodwinked on Human Rights

You had to feel sorry for the civil servants at the Ministry of Justice this week. Having already been saddled with implementing a radical right wing agenda that promises the biggest roll-back of civil liberties in quite some time – including a snooper’s charter eroding our rights to privacy and new censorship powers allowing the government to muzzle alleged extremists – the MoJ then lost the ministerial Russian roulette with the news that Michael Gove would be tasked with implementing it.

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The Future of Affordable Housing in Islington

10 years ago, when I first stood as Labour’s candidate in Islington South and Finsbury, the outgoing MP Chris Smith asked me how much I knew about housing policy. Not much, I admitted at the time. “You will”, he told me, and he was right.

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Food Banks: A Powerful Symbol of Five Years of Failure

This week, the bad news got worse. Or rather, new evidence of long-running trends confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that five years of reckless, ideological policy making have brought us, here in the sixth richest country in the world and well into the 21st century, back to Dickensian levels of poverty and inequality.

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