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What Happened To Hope

Compared to the surge of enthusiasm and hope which brought Labour to power in 1964 or 1997, our present situation is depressing. Neck and neck in the polls where we should be streets ahead of a shambolic, nasty government. Our leader harassed and not as refreshing we`d hoped. Our Shadow Cabinet is largely unknown. We`re not striking winning chords. On some issues the public is ahead of us.
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Time for Devo North

The excitement and the explosion of energy which have gone on in Scotland over the last few weeks are both a joy to behold and something for we poor Northerners, all excluded from the fun, should envy
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GREAT GRIMSBY MP MEETS APPRENTICES AT REGIONAL CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING EMPLOYER CRISTAL

Austin Mitchell MP visits the Stallingborough site to meet with graduates and apprentices whose careers are supported by historic engineering company
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Pfizer needs a dose of ethical tablets

Describing Pfizer’s intentions for AstraZeneca as “rape” has produced a Twitter storm of abuse from Tories anxious to distract attention from the Government’s weakness in the matter
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Grimsby Telegraph, 24th Mar 2014


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Grimsby Telegraph, 6th Feb 2014

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Saving Private Clegg

Charles Kennedy the only Lib-Dem who deserves respect wants Labour to save Clegg from his own folly by voting for Lords reform.
Sorry Charles. The second Chamber shouldn’t have an elected majority. It won’t do the work the Commons no longer does. Nor will it add intelligence, independence and respectability to Parliament.
The first Chamber is the party Chamber. We don’t need another party battle throwing custard pies at each other but a chamber which provides another path of entry to politics, another forum for different debates, and a body of skills to do the detailed work of preparing legislation, reviewing it then scrutinising how it works.
We need a check on party not another chamber of party hacks like us. That means nomination of at least half by an independent committee seeking out excellence, intelligence and ability.
To paraphrase Bagehot the best antidote to reforming the Lords is to think of the consequences of elected senators playing as the geriatric reserves of party teams in the Commons.   

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