Month: April 2018

Bereaved Mother Siobhan McLaughlin Starts 'Heartbreaking' Legal Battle In Belfast To Secure Rights For Unmarried Couples

A bereaved mother’s legal battle to secure rights that are being denied to unmarried couples has begun in the Supreme Court. Siobhan McLaughlin is fighting to ensure parents who are not married get the same bereavement benefits as those who are married after her long-term partner died in 2014. Siobhan McLaughlin has four children – Read More

Labour MP John Woodcock Suspended From Party Pending Sex Harassment Investigation

Labour MP John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation into alleged sexual harassment, HuffPost has learned. The former No.10 aide and shadow minister has had the party whip withdrawn following a decision by general secretary Jennie Formby to apply the sanction. Woodcock, a fierce critic of Jeremy Corbyn, is accused Read More

Sajid Javid: No More 'Hostile Environment' For Illegal Immigrants

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid tore up a key part of Theresa May’s legacy today as he banned the phrase “hostile environment” when it comes to enforcing immigration laws. Appearing in the Commons just hours after replacing Amber Rudd in the Home Office, Javid sought to reassure MPs that incidents like the Windrush debacle would Read More

Abusing And Threatening Politicians Does Not Cure Our Broken System

“Burn in hell Amber Rudd you spineless c***”. “Haha f*** off Amber Rudd you stupid, vile c*** woman”. Why should we care if this is the response to the departure of a Home Secretary who inherited, presided over and defended an inhuman, heartless immigration system? And when those who stand up for the rights of Read More

DreamLab App Lets You Fight Cancer By Plugging Your Phone In Overnight

A new app that uses your smartphone to find new cancer treatments has been launched by Imperial College London. The DreamLab app has been developed by the Vodafone Foundation and Imperial College and works by breaking down huge calculations into smaller manageable sums that an individual smartphone could easily process. The app is designed to Read More

Does Your Feminist T-Shirt Empower The Women Who Made It?

“My particular bug bear is feminist tees which were not made by women who were paid fairly for their labour. Check your tags and brands,” posted actress Aisling Bee during Fashion Revolution Week.  Slogan T-shirts with female empowerment messages are everywhere now, but the reality is that the fashion industry doesn’t empower the majority of Read More

Parliament Must Support Our Call For A Global Ban On Cosmetic Animal Testing

On Tuesday in Parliament MPs from across the house will call on the UK Government to propose a global ban on cosmetic animal testing in a Westminster Hall debate. I would like to encourage all my animal-friendly colleagues to support the call for the UK to champion an international agreement that will end the needless Read More

May Suffers Huge Brexit Defeat As Lords Backs ‘Meaningful Vote’ On EU Deal

Theresa May has suffered her most damaging Brexit defeat so far after the House of Lords voted to give Parliament a say over the terms of any future EU deal. Peers voted by 335 to 244 for a cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to ensure MPs get a ‘meaningful vote’ on the outcome Read More

To Hell With Gender Roles At Weddings – I Was My Sister's Bridesman

My sister Alex got married four years ago, and when I found out she was engaged I was delighted. She was overjoyed, Jonny her husband-to-be is a great guy and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a reason to dress up nice and have a party? A lot of thoughts went through my head after Read More

My Journey Out Of Corbynism

In the summer of 2015, I voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Leadership election. I was twenty-one years old, and had recently graduated from university. I hadn’t given politics too much serious thought before the General Election of that year, but had gradually become more and more interested in the months leading up to Read More

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