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    • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
      Article: Feb 17, 2018

      Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

      This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

      She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

    • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
      Article: Feb 16, 2018

      Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

    • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
      Article: Feb 14, 2018

      Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

      British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

      The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

    • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
      Article: Feb 14, 2018

      1. Saving lives
      The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

    • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
      Article: Feb 14, 2018

      1. Saving lives
      The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

    • Article: Feb 14, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

      A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

      They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

      Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

      If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

    • Article: Feb 13, 2018
      By Shas Sheehan

      Helen Evans, former head of safeguarding at Oxfam, made damning accusations about the lack of basic processes and disregard of serious concerns she raised, the substance of which were not denied by the Chief Executive.

      The government must now accept that nothing short of a full and far-reaching enquiry into illegal sexual behaviour within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, will do.

    • Article: Feb 12, 2018

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    • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
      Article: Feb 9, 2018

      Michel Barnier has warned that a transition period immediately after Brexit is 'not a given' and that he did not understand some of the UK's positions on Brexit.

      When Barnier says he doesn't understand some of the positions the UK government are taking over Brexit, he is not only speaking for the EU but also the entire British population.

    • Article: Feb 9, 2018

      Things are changing. More and more people are waking up to the need for a new vote on the final Brexit deal.

      Even Nigel Farage is!

      What we all agree on is that Theresa May and her Brexit Conservative government are failing badly on the negotiations with the European Union.

      Half the country wants to remain in the EU and the Liberal Democrats have not given up on them.