What a grotesque and avoidable scandal that one in every three children on South Tyneside grows up in poverty. What wasted potential and denied opportunities for the innocent young when their parents, carers or grandparents are unable to afford healthy food, decent clothes, trips away and everything else or pay without worrying about the gas, electricity and rent bills.In Gateshead, parts of which are also in the Jarrow parliamentary constituency, I’m proud to represent as a Labour MP, one in every five children is living in poverty.What an unforgivable crime against humanity it is when we’re in one of the world’s wealthiest countries and the have yachts ignore the have nots, Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly taking his knighthood and £21billion fortune to Monaco to hand over less tax.If he’s not prepared to pay fair when it comes to tax and fund our nation’s services, then he’s another ‘fat cat’ who should be … [Read more...] about Every child deserves a good start in life – Stephen Hepburn MP
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Jeremy Corbyn says he “regrets” the decision of seven MPs to quit Labour but insisted they had ample opportunity to influence the direction of the party. In his first public appearance since Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Gavin Shukar, Mike Gapes and Chuka Umunna broke away from the party yesterday, the Labour leader defended the policies he was pursuing. Read more: Labour pains: Seven MPs quit to start new political alliance The seven quit Labour on Monday, branding it “a racist, antisemitic party” with a “culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation”. Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson warned other MPs may also leave the party if the concerns raised by the departed seven are not addressed. Speaking at the Make UK conference of manufacturers, Corbyn did not offer any hint of self-reflection when asked about the split. He said: “I hope they recognise they were elected to parliament on a manifesto that was based … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn: MPs who split didn’t take opportunities to influence Labour policies
Nekima Levy Armstrong has received some criticism for the $175 registration fee for the “Five Problems Everyone Has With White Allies and How to Solve Them” seminar she’s leading Dec. 14, but from the sounds of it, a cram session with one of the state’s leading thinkers on black power and white racism may be nothing short of a bargain. Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney, former professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and former president of NAACP Minneapolis, has become a prominent leader of her generation in confronting institutional racism — which she did in an open letter to city leaders last week. She lives in Minnesota, a state regularly championed for its culture and overall progressiveness, but which remains second in the nation in racial inequality, and she has much to say about all that. The recent founder of Activism and Allyship University and the consulting firm Black Pearl LLC (company slogan: “Boldly … [Read more...] about ‘They will discover their own humanity’: Nekima Levy Armstrong on racial justice and white allies
Was it right for MPs to use obscure parliamentary powers to seize Facebook documents? Kevin Craig, chief executive and founder of communications agency PLMR, says YES. There is something poetic about British politicians using one of the most archaic parliamentary powers to tackle a very modern policy challenge. Since the Cambridge Analytica story broke, Facebook has been famously obstructive in its dealings with the digital, culture, media and sport select committee. Mark Zuckerberg refused to meet with MPs, and when his chief technology officer eventually did, he shed little light on how this monumental data breach came to happen. For that reason, it is only right that parliament is deploying its full powers to get to the bottom of an incident that impacted the privacy of more than a million British citizens. Parliament is investigating vital issues that have repercussions for the lives of all social media users – and this unprecedented move responds to the lack of cooperation … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Was it right for MPs to use obscure parliamentary powers to seize Facebook documents?
Former UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli is being moved to a 'high security' facility ahead of deportation as close to 100 MPs call for the Home Office to reconsider. The 38-year-old has now been detained for 10 days amid growing public outrage over his impending deportation to his birth country, Ghana. He was convicted on two counts of fraud in 2012 after his unauthorised trading lost the Swiss banking giant £1.8bn – and in 2014 the Home Office issued him with a deportation order on the grounds that he was a foreign criminal. Read more: Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli detained ahead of deportation to Ghana He was released from prison in 2015 after serving around half of his seven-year sentence After a court denied him permission for a judicial review, he was detained earlier this month in Livingston, where he lives, and taken to Dungavel House detention centre. Adoboli, who left Ghana at the age of four, is expected to arrive at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, which … [Read more...] about Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli moved to ‘high security’ facility as close to 100 MPs urge Home Office to reconsider deportation