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Labour members asserted themselves at conference, but we need a more democratic party

This year’s Labour Party conference in Brighton was probably the most significant since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Leader in 2015. We saw, arguably for the first time, a significant portion of the pro-Corbyn membership asserting themselves and promoting radical positions that made the leadership uncomfortable.  These are the early signs of a Corbynism that is able to act without first looking to…

Antisemitism in the UK

Late on the night of the 26th of March 2015. Jeremy Paxman looked at Ed Miliband with steely eyes: ‘They see you as a North London Geek’. It was a defining moment of the election. It followed years of criticism in which Ed Miliband was othered and represented as alien to mainstream British society. We saw it just as well on British…

Standing in Solidarity With Our Trans Siblings

The Chair of @youngfabians & LGBT+ Officer for @OpenLabour: @Charlottelvn90 speaking about the mental health of LGBT+ people and also speaking out against transphobia at #LabourConference2019 “Labour stands for everyone, and everyone has the right to be who they are.” pic.twitter.com/3AvKBz0RpS — Paul L. McGowan 🏳️‍🌈 (@PaulLMcGowan) September 25, 2019 If you’ve been to Labour Party Conference, you’ll know standing at the…

We Need to Talk About Lionel

It’s a truth universally acknowledged – if rarely stated – amongst limpid-eyed indie kids everywhere that it would probably have, on balance, been best if Morrissey had died some time in the early 90s. Anywhere between the 1988 release of Viva Hate and his infamous union-flag draped Finsbury Park appearance in 1992 would have been fine. That way the strange, sad figure…

An MP in the family

I am part of a small group of people that you can only get into based on an accident of birth. Am I a member of the Royal Family? No. Instead, I am one of a small number of people whose parent also happens to be an MP. (Though I’m not a member of the Benn family, pictured above.) How many of…