Last Friday afternoon, the House of Commons passed a Private Members’ Bill by 135-2 committing the government to take further steps to ratify the Istanbul Convention, the ‘gold standard’ of gender violence legislation. Thanks to the tremendous work of volunteers at IC Change and the Women’s Equality Party, I watched from the public gallery as … More The Istanbul Convention: A Step Forward for Gender-Based Violence
We are often told by staunch advocates of privatisation that it unleashes the dynamism, efficiency, and low-cost value which nationalised products can rarely match. Sometimes, this is true. But in the case of Britain’s railways, it most certainly is not. Putting aside the damning testimonies of numerous everyday passengers, famous or otherwise, the overall state … More The Case for Railway Renationalisation: What are we waiting for?
During the Greater Manchester mayoral hustings on Tuesday evening, I watched three very impressive candidates battle it out to become Labour’s nominee for the 2017 race. Ivan Lewis, Tony Lloyd, and Andy Burnham all provided some promising responses to the issues that matter in Manchester; particularly over housing, transport, and health. It was Andy Burnham, … More Andy Burnham Shows His Class in Greater Manchester Mayoral Hustings