In 1980 - the year after Margaret Thatcher became prime minister - his father lost his job with the company he had worked for since leaving school, with his parents and younger sister having to move to the south of England in search of work. … [Read more...] about Richard Leonard: Who is the Scottish Labour leader?
1980 labour leadership election
From a non-tribal vantage, who could look at how poorly two-party politics is serving us and fault these MPs for wanting to give something different a go? But the formation of this new grouping is not without its contradictions. The 11 MPs are firmly united in their opposition to Brexit and their desire for a referendum on Mrs May’s deal. But beyond this, it’s unclear what they stand for. Anna Soubry’s spirited defence of the “marvellous” coalition government of 2010 to 2015, despite the spending cuts and regressive tax changes it inflicted, is inconsistent with Heidi Allen’s criticism of this government’s dreadful welfare reforms. It was David Cameron and George Osborne who made a political decision that spending cuts were necessary and to load that burden disproportionately on to low-income families with children. The former Labour MPs, not unfairly, criticise Mr Corbyn’s domestic agenda as being too stuck in the socialism of the 1970s, … [Read more...] about The Observer view on the future of the Independent Group
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are rising, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock telling young people - whose rate of infection is higher than that of the rest of the population - to follow social distancing rules more carefully, saying: "Don't kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Young people and home workers scapegoated, says TUC boss