Mr Howlin said Labour supporters should seek to ensure there are as many “progressive voices” as possible in both national and local politics. Speaking at the Labour Party’s conference in Dublin tonight, Mr Howlin said: “To maximise the progressive voice, at the next election, I will call on all Labour voters to give their next preferences to progressive candidates, from the Green Party and the Social Democrats, and to progressive independents. “Because we know that only a progressive platform, for economic equality and climate justice, will deliver a New Republic for all our people,” he said. Mr Howlin said on “many issues” Labour agrees with the Green Party, the Social Democrats, and “progressive independents, some from the Labour family”. “They share our analysis. We often vote together. And we have co-operated on new laws and policies." "Last week's (RTE exit) poll showed the combined appeal of our policies. At least … [Read more...] about Brendan Howlin calls for Labour supporters to vote for Green Party and Social Democrats
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Many of The Local's readers are or may one day become citizens of both Sweden and their birth country. Sweden currently allows dual citizenship, but the nationalist Sweden Democrats recently stirred debate when it emerged they do not support it. We asked the parties where they stand on dual citizenship. Click here to read more questions and answers that matter to YOU. The Social Democrat Party "Today, around one in five Swedes has a foreign background. Many have roots in our neighbouring countries, others in European countries and in the Middle East. We Social Democrats stand up for the right you have to dual citizenship." The Social Democrats are Sweden's biggest party and part of the centre-left coalition government. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT The Moderate Party "To the Moderates, Swedish citizenship has great legal and symbolic significance. We are positive about the possibility of holding dual citizenship. Many people today have a deep and real connection with more than … [Read more...] about Election Q&A: Where does your party stand on dual citizenship?
The Hastings Green Party has handed in a petition containing more than 1,100 signatures rejecting plans for a harbour development in the town. The petition – calling on Hastings Borough Council to reject the plans – was given to Hastings mayor Nigel Sinden at Rock-a-Nore, where the proposed harbour would be built.The harbour plans, put forward last autumn by the Hastings Harbour Quarter company, would include a huge marina complex and hundreds of new homes on a platform in the sea at Rock-a-Nore.The Green Party’s petition calls on Hastings Borough Council to cease co-operation with Hastings Harbour Quarter and says: “We believe this project would do irrevocable harm to some of the most precious assets of Hastings. It would destroy the character of one of the best loved parts of our town. The site is completely inappropriate for such a massive development and the housing would almost certainly be unaffordable to local people.”Green Party deputy leader … [Read more...] about Hastings Green Party calls for harbour development to be rejected
Briefly after the German ruling coalition partners, Merkel's CDU and SPD, managed to reach a common ground on migration issues by agreeing to turn down certain asylum-seekers on the basis of bilateral agreements with other EU countries, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer again restated his plan for unilateral actions. In an interview with Der Spiegel he said that in case no bilateral deals are struck to return migrants to the countries where they originally applied for asylum, Germany would have to return to a plan to turn down migrants at its border. Seehofer's actions have drawn wide criticism in German society. A petition calling for his resignation, published on the Change.org platform on July 6 by one of the country's social workers, had gathered 40,000 signatures in a matter of hours. READ MORE: CDU/CSU Migrant Deal Unlikely … [Read more...] about German Parties Urge Seehofer to ‘Clean Up Mess’ as Petition Demands Resignation
Welsh politics is at a hinge-point in its history. By the end of this year all our political rivals will have a different leader from 2016, with an accompanying shift, however, subtle, in style, platform and appeal. The crucial question, of course, is whether these surface changes in Welsh politics will result in the more fundamental changes that we need to take Wales forward in the world. Even among Labour supporters there is a growing recognition that after twenty years of Labour rule, Welsh politics has become dull, repetitive, tired and complacent, out of touch and out of ideas. Against that backdrop it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that Plaid, as the only party that can end Labour’s dilapidated hegemony, should be doing better - and arguably, a lot better -than we are. We need to effect a real and substantial change in Welsh living standards; we need to be driving the policy agenda for the critical change our people are calling out for on a daily basis. So, … [Read more...] about In full: Read Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorweth’s competing visions for their party