Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Free movement: Labour’s great non-debate

by David Pavett.

Nothing illustrates better the ideological and policy differences at all levels of the Labour Party than the contradictory opinions being offered on the issue of free movement. The Shadow Home Secretary (Diane Abbott) says free movement is essential. She has even said “Ending free movement has become a synonym for anti-immigrant racism”. The Shadow Brexit […]

Prevent – Time for a major review and fundamental rethink

by Diane Abbott.

By Diane Abbott MP Increasingly, the evidence is suggesting that the Government’s Prevent Strategy – aimed at countering radicalisation and making us safer – doesn’t work on either count. In recent weeks it has become clear that this is also the case when it comes to tackling the worrying rise in far-right extremism. Commenting on the […]

Diane Abbott calls for ‘major review’ and ‘fundamental rethink’ of Prevent strategy

by Newsdesk.

Yesterday evening Labour Home Secretary Diane Abbott called for a ‘major review’ and ‘fundamental rethink’ of the governments Prevent strategy. Abbott spoke at a meeting of the Students Not Suspects campaign, a joint initiative by the National Union of Students alongside activists from the NUT and UCU. She becomes the latest senior Labour figure to call […]

Win for Labour as rise in immigration tribunal fees scrapped

by Newsdesk.

Labour celebrated an important victory on Friday, as the Conservative government took another U-turn by scrapping their proposal to increase immigration tribunal fees by up to 500%. This comes after campaigning by the Labour Party, and overwhelming public opposition to a government consultation on the subject. Fees for a tribunal to deal with asylum or […]

The “right to free movement”

by David Pavett.

There have been recent signs of a change of tone in the Labour leadership on the question of freedom of movement. Some have opposed any sort of controls but in recent months John McDonnell has spoken of “managed migration” and Keir Starmer has said that when it comes to freedom of movement within the single […]

John McDonnell goes home to Liverpool (video)

by John McDonnell.

John McDonnell returns to where he was born and grew up in Liverpool – some of the “worst slum conditions in the country… but we just called it home”, he says. He talks about what it was like, moving into their first council house, free education and why  a Labour government can give hope to people again:

A left approach to Brexit

by Peter Rowlands.

Paul Mason and Chuka Umunna would normally be expected to come up with radically different proposals with regard to Labour’s policies, yet they are putting forward more or less the same solutions to the most pressing problem underlying Brexit, that of Free Movement of Labour (FML), Mason in an article in the New Statesman, Umunna in […]

Corbyn is right: Migrants don’t drive down wages

by Tom O Leary.

In his recent speech to Labour Party conference Jeremy Corbyn said, “It isn’t migrants that drive down wages, it’s exploitative employers and the politicians who deregulate the labour market and rip up trade union rights.” This is excellent and entirely correct. It is probably the best statement ever made by a Labour leader on this […]

Corbyn sets out opposition to immigration controls

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn has made further comments in support of immigration, in particular support for refugees, contrasting those in the party who want to end freedom of movement after Brexit. 

Remembering and Reliving Cable Street, 80 Years On

by Rhea Wolfson.

Last night I had the privilege of commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street with my local Labour Party watching Dare Devil Rides to Jarama. The play follows the story of a young working class sportsman who is politically awakened through his realisation that those running the race tracks do so only for […]

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