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Just one council by-election tonight – a CON defence in the midlands

Norton on Bromsgrove (caused by the death of the sitting Conservative councillor) Result of council at last election (2015): Conservatives 18, Labour 7, Independents 3, Wythall Ratepayers 3 (Conservative majority of 5) Result of ward at last election (2015): Conservative 943 (60%), Labour 467 (30%), Green 166 (11%) EU Referendum Result: REMAIN 26,252 (45%) LEAVE […]

IMO: New Rules to Protect Financial Security of Seafarers

New amendments entering into force this week under the IMO’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) seeking to protect the financial security of seafarers by requiring shipowners to obtain mandatory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. Show More Summary

Jeremy Corbyn's closest advisor Seumas Milne has quit his job at The Guardian

LONDON — Seumas Milne, the Labour Party's strategy and communications director, has quit his job at The Guardian to continue advising Jeremy Corbyn. Milne was working on loan in Corbyn's office from his permanent role at The Guardian. Show More Summary

UK pig producers worried about labour shortage

Pig producers in Great Britain are worried about a shortage of skilled, experienced labourers after Brexit. For the National Pig Assocation, retaining sufficient access to EU labour remains one of the top Brexit priorities.

The first poll since May's Brexit speech gives the Tories a massive lead of 17%

LONDON — The Conservative Party enjoys a 17% lead over Labour following Theresa May's landmark Brexit speech, according to a new YouGov poll for the Times newspaper. May's party is in an incredibly comfortable position. 42% said that...Show More Summary

Glasgow and Equal Pay

Lots of readers have been in touch in response to my post the other day which featured a some fighting talk from Frank McAveety, the Labour leader of Glasgow City Council. Frank was effectively telling the Scottish Government to 'man-up' and provide extra funding to support big building projects in Glasgow. Show More Summary

When You're In A Hole

The Guardian and Telegraph newspapers may be at opposite end of the spectrum in terms of UK politics, but their parliamentary sketch writers are as one: Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party is toast when it comes to Brexit. Instead of beingShow More Summary

Is It Safe?

Adam Boulton had an interesting column in The Sunday Times which contained a striking quote from one of Tristram Hunt's friends after the Labour MP resigned his seat in Stoke-on-Trent Central.“If you don’t think Labour can win the 2025...Show More Summary

IMO Welcomes Financial Security Obligations for Seafarers

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers…

Stoke-on-Trent Central Selection Timetable

The timetable for the selection of the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election has been agreed by the NEC and was posted up on Membersnet earlier on today. And what a shocker it is. Most of the time, the Labour Party is a sclerotic beast that ambles about slowly. Show More Summary

Labour's Answer to Trump?

John Rentoul writing in The Independent argues that Jeremy Corbyn can't reinvent himself as left-wing populist version of Donald Trump. Now I agree, but read the article via the link below and decide for yourself. While reflecting on...Show More Summary

Stanislas Wawrinka into Australian Open third round

The 31-year-old Wawrinka laboured through five sets to win his first-round match against Martin Klizan in 3 hours, 24 minutes. He had a much easier time in the second round, beating Johnson in under two

Accusations of anti-Semitism are primary tactic of Israel lobby in Britain, Al Jazeera series shows

Al Jazeera's four-part series on the Israel lobby's actions in Britain shows the primary function of the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and other groups with the Israeli embassy is to smear Palestinians and their supporters with charges of anti Semitism, and thereby control the limits of public opinion about the Jewish state.

Theresa May 'seems determined to tank the economy': MPs react to the Prime Minister's 'Hard Brexit' speech

LONDON — Frontbench Labour MPs have accused Theresa May of seeking to "tank the economy" and said that her plan to leave the EU's single market will "cut Britain off from one of the largest markets on the entire planet." The prime minister...Show More Summary

Glenn Greenwald: It’s Toxic to Demonize Corbyn as Russia ‘Collaborator’ for Opposing Belligerence

2 days agoNews : Truthdig

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an anti-drones rally in 2013. ( / CC BY-SA 3.0) In response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the “de-militarisation of the border” between NATO and Russia, critics have dismissed the U.K. Labour Party leader as a traitor. Show More Summary

Labour Gobbledegook

Some people say that Jeremy Corbyn is not being a 'fair shake' by the media by the media who are constantly doing him down or making fun of what the Labour leader has to say. Well here's an example of Jeremy doing this all by himself, with no help from anyone else, as he tries to explain what Labour policy in on the 'internet of things and big data'. Show More Summary

Museum Piece

I enjoyed this 'museum piece' in The Observer which reflects on the resignation of Tristram Hunt as the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central. Read the full article in the link below, but here's what Andrew Rawnsley had to say about the choice facing Tristram Hunt. Show More Summary

Jeremy Corbyn under pressure from Labour MPs ahead of make-or-break by-elections

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn last night faced a barrage of questions from Labour MPs concerned about the party's positions on immigration, nuclear power and Nato, as it readies itself for two tough parliamentary by-elections against the Tories. The...Show More Summary

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