European Movement UK launches giant billboard campaign to raise awareness of musicians’ struggles post-Brexit
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by Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead
11h ago
The European Movement UK, the nation’s largest pro-Europe movement which seeks to restore relations with European neighbours post-Brexit, has moved its ‘Face the Music’ campaign up a gear. The campaigners are plastering their message on billboards across the country. The billboard campaign is designed to drive home the battles musicians are facing because of Brexit red tape. The UK’s music industry – a cultural and creative powerhouse worth £1.1bn to the UK economy – has witnessed a decline in talent, post-Brexit, as up-and-coming stars are leaving Britain to live and work in Europe. Freelance ..read more
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Who is Jim Ratcliffe, the pro-Brexit billionaire promised €700m from UK government to build ‘carbon bomb’ in Europe?
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by Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead
14h ago
Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s pro-Brexit billionaire, hit the headlines this week with news that the government is providing a €700m guarantee for him to build the biggest petrochemical plant in Europe in 30 years. The plant will turbocharge the production of plastic. Left Foot Forward takes a look at who Ratcliffe is, and how his controversial ‘Project One’ that will bring ‘US-scale plastic production to Europe’ is recieving significant financial guarantees from the Tory government. Ratcliffe’s story is one of capitalist meritocracy, of someone who grew up on a council estate in Failsworth, Manche ..read more
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Why Labour made the right call on downgrading the £28bn climate investment figure
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by Mike Buckley
1d ago
Was Labour’s downgrade of its climate ambition last month a political coup, an own goal or simply a necessary response to changed economic circumstances? The answer depends on your view of Labour’s communication priorities as it approaches the next election. As Labour approaches the election, it needs to simultaneously attack the Tories’ record, be honest with the public about the state of the public finances, be crystal clear about Labour’s intention to manage the public finances responsibly, and offer hope that under a Labour Government things will finally get better. Attacking the Tories’ r ..read more
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Bombshell poll shows just how unpopular the Tories are in London
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by Basit Mahmood
1d ago
A new poll shows just how unpopular the Tories are in London, ahead of a general election expected to take place later this year. The poll, carried out by YouGov for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University, and reported by the Evening Standard, found that support for the Tories is just at 17%, with Labour on 52%. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Reform UK are each all on ten per cent. The Standard reports: “Labour is ahead of the Tories among all age groups including those 65 and over, by 34 per cent to 31 per cent for the latter. “For Londoners aged 18-to-24 the respective ..read more
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A full breakdown of the Rochdale by-election results
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by Basit Mahmood
2d ago
George Galloway has returned to Parliament after winning the Rochdale by election. The by election was triggered when veteran Labour MP Tony Lloyd died in-post at the age of 73 in January. Galloway overturned Labour’s 9,668 majority to win the by-election in the previously Labour safe seat with a majority of 5,697, securing 12,335 votes overall. The Labour Party has slammed Galloway for only being interested in ‘stoking fear and division’ after his victory saying that it deeply regretted being unable to field a candidate in the by-election. An independent candidate, David Tully, finished secon ..read more
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How Labour has reacted to George Galloway’s by-election win in Rochdale
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by Basit Mahmood
2d ago
The Labour Party has slammed George Galloway for only being interested in ‘stoking fear and division’, after his victory in the Rochdale by-election. Galloway overturned Labour’s 9,668 majority to win the by-election in the previously Labour safe seat with a majority of 5,697, securing 12,335 votes overall. The by-election was triggered when veteran Labour MP and former interim Manchester mayor, Tony Lloyd, died in-post at the age of 73 in January. The Labour Party had withdrawn support for its own candidate, Azhar Ali, after he was found to have made anti-semitic comments. Despite Labour susp ..read more
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Michael Gove under investigation by standards watchdog
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by Basit Mahmood
2d ago
Tory minister Michael Gove is under investigation by the standards watchdog. The investigation relates to the housing secretary’s register of financial interests – however the exact details have as of yet not been disclosed. That means that the total number of MPs now under investigation by the standards commissioner, Daniel Greenberg, is at six, all of whom are Tories. The latest investigation will once more give rise to allegations of Tory sleaze. Although specific details in regards to the investigation will remain confidential until it is concluded, last week the Guardian revealed that Gov ..read more
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Petition launched to revoke GB News’ licence
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by Basit Mahmood
2d ago
A petition has been started to revoke GB News’ licence after its multiple breaches of impartiality guidelines, with demands for Ofcom to hold the channel to account. GB News has faced a number of investigations over breaches of impartiality and fairness, with the channel currently subject to 13 separate investigations. The petition, hosted on 38 Degrees, highlights how Ofcom has already found GB News guilty of breaking the rules five times previously and demands stronger regulation from the media regulator, claiming that it is a ‘new low for our UK media that puts our democracy at risk if our ..read more
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‘You’re no threat’: Margaret Hodge tears apart Reform UK’s Richard Tice
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by Basit Mahmood
3d ago
Labour’s Margaret Hodge has taken apart Reform UK’s leader Richard Tice, as the pair clashed on Sky News over discussions about how much of an impact the populist right-wing party could have on the upcoming general election. The debate came after Tory MP Lee Anderson had the whip withdrawn after making Islamophobic and bigoted remarks about the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Anderson told GB News last week that that ‘Islamists’ had ‘got control’ of the mayor of London. His Islamophobic comments were slammed by Khan as well as senior Tories including Sajid Javid, who branded them “a ridiculous thi ..read more
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Disaster for Liz Truss: Chart reveals just how unpopular she is among the public
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by Basit Mahmood
3d ago
A chart based on a new poll shows just how unpopular Liz Truss remains as a politician among the British public, despite her attempts to relaunch her political career and blame everyone else for her disastrous premiership. Truss, who recently attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, where she claimed that the system was rigged against Conservatives, despite being in power herself, has been busy promoting her new book and trying to relaunch her political career. She recently launched the Popular Conservatism group, also known as PopCon. The group describes itsel ..read more
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