Campaigns Updates

  • Jo Swinson - Remainer in Name Only?

    November 30, 2019

    The Germans have a word for the pleasure I felt when I read the verdict from
    pollster YouGov that “Since becoming Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson’s detractors have grown at a faster rate than her fans” - it’s schadenfreude. It means “pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune. 

    Her performance in the Leaders Question Time programme won’t have changed You Gov’s findings.

  • Labour Should Reform UK Labour Market to Help Brits, not fantasize

    November 30, 2019

    Once again as at every moment since the 2016 Brexit plebiscite, Labour is getting mixed and messed up over European citizens working in Britain.

  • Q&A: How would a Trump-Boris Trade deal affect UK Drug Prices?

    November 21, 2019

    Eugenia Marna interviewed Dr Andrew Hill, Liverpool University, on how a US-UK post-Brexit trade deal could affect UK drug prices.

    Dr Hill recently featured in Dispatches programme Trump's Plan for the NHS (recommended watch - Only 5 days left!)

    See the transcript below:

  • Labour’s way is the quickest way to “Get Brexit done”

    November 21, 2019

    There is an undoubted weariness about the Brexit saga which the Tories are seeking to exploit with the slogan Get Brexit done. The truth is that Johnson’s deal won’t get it done as he claims.

  • Policing and Criminal Justice post Brexit

    November 14, 2019

    We have all seen the dreadful event that occurred recently in Grays, Thurrock where 39 people were found dead in the back of a lorry trailer. We commend Essex Police, the national crime agency and Europol’s trafficking team for all the work they have done in this fast-moving investigation.

    If the UK leaves the EU without agreeing a cooperation agreement it will no longer be part of Europol or the European Justice network and will fall outside the scope of the European Arrest Warrant.

  • Boris Johnson doesn’t know his own Brexit policy

    November 14, 2019

    Boris Johnson’s rise and rise could have been strangled at birth in the 2008 London Mayoral campaign.

    I was a press officer at Labour HQ part of the campaign to return Ken Livingstone for a third term in City Hall.

    Livingstone was a good Mayor but a lacklustre campaigner unwilling to take the fight to Johnson.

  • Swinson: Selling the Remain cause short

    November 05, 2019

    We know that Boris Johnson is a liar. How many examples do you need? The Daily Telegraph which paid him a quarter of a million a year has just apologised for blatant untruths in three columns this year.

  • Corbyn Launches Campaign By Embracing People’s Vote

    November 05, 2019

    The BBC’s respected Laura Kuenssberg, uncharacteristically, made a serious mistake when she asked the first question to Jeremy Corbyn after he launched the Labour Party’s election campaign in Battersea yesterday.

  • Larry Elliott is Wrong on EU & Workers' Rights

    October 28, 2019

    By Agnes Jongerius MEP, Coordinator of Socialist & Democrats Group in Employment and Social Affairs Committee
    Jude Kirton-Darling MEP Labour spokespersons on Employment and Social Affair

    Larry Elliott's provocative opinion column ("Don’t be fooled – the EU is no defender of workers’ rights" 24/10/2019) led to pretty lively discussions on social media, as it should. Elliott’s assertions have been robustly countered on Twitter, notably by Professor Michael Dougan - an EU law expert specialised in free movement and equal treatment rights - and Larry Elliott's view that "social Europe never delivered all that much" simply isn't shared by British labour lawyers


  • No Such Thing as "Getting Brexit Done"

    October 23, 2019

    There is nothing more misleading than Boris Johnson’s claim that his deal will Get Brexit Done – suggesting to people fed up with the whole saga that it will put an end to the wrangling. 
    The pollster Populus reports that when focus group are told that this deal will just trigger prolonged negotiation, which is, of course, the reality, there is “horrified silence”.