Government ‘trying to stigmatise job seekers’, says trade union

Labour and Unite have slammed the government’s new mandatory Community Work Placement scheme, reports Rob Edwards Read original here > The government’s latest measures aimed at the long-term unemployed came into effect today, drawing the ire of trade unions and opposition ministers. The new mandatory Community Work Placements, known as Help to Work Schemes, require that […]

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Labour beats the Tories when it comes to local MPs

New findings suggest Labour MPs are 73 per cent ‘more local’ than Tories, reports Rob Edwards Read the original here > There is a prevalent malaise among the voting public when it regards its elected representatives. Perceiving as an elitist band of privileged careerists, parachuted into constituencies from affluent nooks, then sped away without a backward […]

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Number of overdue smear tests rockets under coalition

First published on Left Foot Forward > Labour has hit back at the government’s announced extension of GP surgery opening hours, claiming that changes are too little too late, citing the spiralling number of overdue smear tests among working age women as a case in point. New analysis shows that some 360,000 more women are […]

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Interview with Adam Afriyie MP

Few politicians embody the social narrative of their party as surely as Adam Afriyie. In a relentless rise from Peckham council estate to Westminster village, the Windsor MP has emerged as the essence of social mobility, aspirational Conservativism and true-blue grit. Elected in 2005, Afriyie has recently bolted out of obscurity – his backbench interventions […]

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The News Agents on Resonance104.4fm, Episode 11

Episode 11: Professor Steven Fielding speaks about utopia and dystopia and dramatist representations in which politics is tackled through this alternative media. The show’s first phoner. Matthew Caley, poet presents poems and talks about his work-in-progress, The Rake. He reads a poem from his most recent published collection, Apparently (Bloodaxe). Sound clips from two movies representing dystopia […]

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