Alison McGovern McGovern, who co-chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Syria, has spoken passionately in the Commons about Syria, taking up the reins from her friend Jo Cox, the murdered Labour MP, who was a former aid worker. McGovern is one of a significant number of Labour MPs who may be persuaded to back military action if there is a vote in parliament. Others who have spoken out about the horrors in Syria in recent days include Ruth Smeeth, John Woodcock and Wes Streeting, though all would want a debate in parliament. … [Read more...] about Where UK ministers and other key MPs stand on possible Syria attack
They should remember how they felt on 13 December last year, and then take a couple of minutes to watch the start of Gordon Brown’s speech to the 2009 Labour conference, where he listed just some of what Labour achieved in government – including lifting millions of out of poverty. No, it wasn’t a continuation of Thatcherism. It was using the power of government to deliver transformational change. I want our party to have that opportunity again. … [Read more...] about As deputy leader, I’d build the broad coalitions Labour needs to win
This is the time for politics to work in the favour of people who need it: the parents skipping meals to keep a roof over their children's heads, the disabled adults in one of the world's richest countries left without the support to wash, eat or leave the house. Disabled people, bruised by four years of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, need leaders to listen and then represent them. They deserve better. … [Read more...] about Will Disability Labour give us back our dignity?
But the LGA saw there was still a gap: often potential candidates didn’t know where to turn or who to ask if they wanted to get involved in politics. So in February, it set up the pilot scheme, which provides mentoring for future candidates with disabilities and taps into Access to Elected Office funding to provide support grants of between £250 and £40,000 to spend on anything that might help break down barriers to disabled people seeking local office. … [Read more...] about Disabled people get a helping hand into local politics
MPs criticised Atos in a report by the public accounts committee in March, saying “it did not show an appropriate duty of care to the taxpayer” and questioned why the cost of one type of assessment had risen from £115 to £190. Capita divisional managing director Chris Stroud apologised for a poor quality service in front of the committee in February. … [Read more...] about Private firms earn £500m from disability benefit assessments