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Laura Pidcock – the 33/1 newbie MP who is being tipped as Corbyn’s successor

A small flutter might be worthwhile Following what was perceived to be a success at the last general election, although Labour finished 58 seats behind, there have been few questions about the future of Jeremy Corbyn. He looks pretty secure and the biggest issue he faces is that he will be in his early 70s […]

Japan's robot expo sparks debate on future of work

Nearly 200 companies have gathered in Tokyo to showcase the latest in robotic industry technology. Japan is hoping they are part of the answer to a labour shortage caused by an aging population.        

Ambulance crisis 'led to 20 deaths in east England over Christmas'

Citing a whistleblower, Labour’s Clive Lewis claims ambulance service failed to seek extra help Twenty people died while waiting too long for ambulances in the east of England after the ambulance service there failed to seek outside help during the busy period over Christmas, a Labour MP has said, citing a whistleblower. Show More Summary

Farmers need financial guarantees

Farmers need financial guarantees from government post Brexit if a decimated industry is to be avoided, argues former Labour agriculture minister Lord Rooker: Need to avoid Brexit cliff edge He said that there was no sign of the promised agriculture bill and no indication of what might be in it. [It looks as if the first step will be a white paper and a period of consultation].

On capitalist hegemony

How much can a Labour government achieve within the confines of a capitalist society? I ask because of a recent tweet by Paul Mason: taking power is not enough; behind the state, the elite have line after line of trenches...

Labour MP calls for windfall tax on PFI companies - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference with Emmanuel Macron 9.23am GMT National Audit Office reports are never an easy read and their conclusions are always relatively...Show More Summary

'Hypocrite' Theresa May criticised for accepting £500,000 donation from firm that bet on Carillion's shares falling

A hedge fund company that donated half a million pounds to the Conservatives before the election reportedly made over £7 million betting on Carillion's shares falling. Labour brands Theresa May a "hypocrite" over links to Naya Capital...Show More Summary

NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: Vote blue go green? Farage, Boris & 2nd referendums (again) plus Labour NEC election fallout

On this week’s podcast, Keiran and Leo continue with the new format of the show where each guest chooses a news story that has interested them from the past week and provides some polling analysis on a key issue of the day. Topics discussed this week include: 1) What the Tories’ new focus on environmental […]

Jo Cox's sister reveals late MP experienced periods of loneliness

Kim Leadbeater says her older sister felt profound isolation both at university and when she became a mother The public image projected by the late Labour MP Jo Cox was of a cheerfully confident and outgoing professional, so it is startling...Show More Summary

PMQs: Corbyn accuses Theresa May of 'negligence' in heated Carillion row

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Carillion collapse. The Labour leader accused the government of being "deeply negligent" in a heated PMQs. May defended the government's handling of the crisis and said Labour authorities gave...Show More Summary

A senior Bank of England official has a 'hunch' unemployment will fall below 4% in 2018 – defying Brexit uncertainty

Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders believes UK unemployment could fall below 4% in 2018. Speaking in London, Saunders said that both labour demand and the broader UK economy will hold up this year, helping push joblessnessShow More Summary

Workers at an Apple manufacturing plant in China complained about poor working conditions and exposure to noxious chemicals (AAPL)

Advocacy group China Labour Watch and Bloomberg have released reports highlighting harsh working conditions at a manufacturing plant in Suqian, China. The factory is owned by Catcher, a company that builds and polishes components for...Show More Summary

Crystal Clear vs Clear as Mud

The SNP leader in Glasgow, Susan Aitken, has made her party's position crystal clear going into this morning's crucial council meeting. Scottish Labour in the Spotlight (16/01/18) I noticed that Richard Leonard jumped on to Twitter just a few minutes ago so I posted this reply to his Tweet about events at Westminster. Show More Summary

Frank's Brass Neck (04/05/17)

Labour's Frank McAveety is the winner of my Glasgow 'equal pay' music competition despite the fact that the outgoing council leader didn't submit a nomination on his own behalf. But Frank deserves to win in my opinion for having theShow More Summary

Only problem Paul (Mason) is that Corbyn’s LAB needs 7-10% vote lead to win majority

18/ Our biggest challenge is to maintain Labour as an alliance of social democrats, left-liberals, old-style Bennite socialists and radical leftists – and to turn it into a, or more accurately towards the, social movements.. — Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) January 16, 2018 We are miles away from seeing the required LAB vote breakthrough Mike Smithson […]

Scottish Labour in the Spotlight

I noticed that Richard Leonard jumped on to Twitter just a few minutes ago so I posted this reply to his Tweet about events at Westminster. Richard Leonard? Verified account @LabourRichard 6m 6 minutes ago More While the Tories in Holyrood say they want to protect devolution, @RuthDavidsonMSP allows her MPs to vote to threaten it. Show More Summary

Labour NEC Fallout

It's a new year, so I started thinking "you know what, I'm not going to do internal Labour polemic any more. I'll stick to analysing the Tories, trying to make sense of our strange political conjuncture, and write more theory stuff."...Show More Summary

Even More Breaking News!

Stefan Cross has posted this late update on Glasgow with the news that the GMB union has apparently written to the Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard calling on him to put some backbone in the Glasgow Labour Group. Let's hope that Richard Leonard finally steps into the fray tomorrow before the council meeting gets underway. Show More Summary

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