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‘Common Sense’ and Benefit Sanctions

Apr 27th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

In an extensive discussion paper, Unite Community member GERRY LAVERY considers how Antonio Gramsci’s ideas could help challenge popular attitudes towards benefit claimants and the fight to end government sanctions. Here, he provides a brief introduction.



Election 2017: The Choice is Simple

Apr 27th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

For A-level student student ROBIN EDEN, the Tories’ attack on the National Health Service makes the choice at the coming general election a straightforward one.



Co-op Members to Vote on Political Link – Again!

Apr 25th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Co-op members are once again being asked to vote on the Group’s political link to the Co-operative Party, established by the movement exactly 100 years ago.



Barcelona May Days: 80 Years On

Apr 25th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The street-fighting that took place in Barcelona in May 1937 remains one of the most controversial episodes of the Spanish Civil War. Hundreds died as the city was criss-crossed by a labyrinth of barricades.



Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

Apr 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID CONNOLLY.

Plans by the Labour controlled Durham County Council to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then ‘re-engage’ them with term-time only contracts, involving a 23 per cent wage cut, has led to a long-running and bitter dispute…



Unbalanced Britain: Education and Inequality

Apr 12th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

MELISSA BENN examines the continuing inequalities in our education system, and the failures of recent governments to close the gaps. What could Labour do to promote an alternative vision?

Despite endless policy initiatives, exhaustive reforms and official obeisance to the questionable aim of ‘social mobility’, our education system still has yawning gaps in outcomes between children from poorer and more affluent families. Despite the permanent revolution, surprisingly little has shifted.



Re-balancing Education: The Democratic Deficit

Apr 5th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

VICKY SEDDON attended the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain conference on education last month. Here, she argues that any future progressive reforms must include changes to our structures of democracy and control.

The ILP hosted a very interesting discussion on 4 March in Sheffield. Melissa Benn was informative, strategic and focussed; Julie Thorpe was interesting and thought-provoking on the Co-operative College model. Both provided very good introductions to the conversation.



Red Noses For You

Mar 24th, 2017 | By willb | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

At a time when the UK aid budget is under concerted attacks from right-wing Tories, UKIP and the media, it might seem churlish to criticise one of the great ‘set piece’ British events that focus our attention on development in Africa. However, David Lammy’s Guardian comment is a necessary and welcome contribution to Red Nose day, says WILL BROWN.



Commemorating the Leeds Convention of 1917

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The 100th anniversary of an historic mass Labour and Socialist Convention held in support of the Russian Revolution at Leeds Coliseum in 1917 will be marked at a one-day event in the same city on 3 June this year.



Manchester to Host Co-op Education Conference

Mar 14th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A conference on co-operative education in the current period of rapid social change will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Geoffrey Manton Building on 5 and 6 April.