We call for peace in Palestine and Israel conflict

I recall during my time as a very active trade unionist which I’m proud to been part of trade union delegation who was invited to visit Palestine organised by the Friends Of Palestine even then  it was a desperate situation. Waiting for the next wave of attacks is no way to live and, like many other onlookers, we feared where this was going to end.  Almost all the casualties so far have been Palestinian civilians. They were bearing the brunt of this bloody escalation.  At the time we sincerely hoped that  all sides would stop firing its rockets and that the Israeli Government can be persuaded to stand down. The Israeli bombardments are indiscriminate and lethal. The tragic loss of civilian life in Gaza and Jenin at the time. Former Member of Parliament Lynne Jones, Birmingham Selly Oak, 1992–2010 and other trade unions lobbied The British Government to do all it can to bring…

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The Decisions Facing Rachel Reeves on Friday 8th May 2015 (Part 1)

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Let us, for the sake of argument, assume that a Labour Secretary of State, Rachel Reeves takes up post on Friday 8th May in the SoS’s offices at Caxton House.

Ms Reeves will be handed a file of issues requiring her attention, some well known about, for example, manifesto pledges; others less so, the real progress of development on and implementation of Universal Credit, say, and some virtually unknown, the slow collapse of existing benefit payment systems.

Using insider knowledge and my own insight, I am going to prepare my own mini file for Ms Reeves. Most of the issues, barring the first six, should not be treated as being listed in any particular order. I leave it up to you, dear reader, to decide your own priorities. However, I contend that my first six are urgent and to some extent inter-connected.

To set the tone of a new approach…

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Explosions at Manchester school kill at least 16 women and children

Very apt juxtapositionng

Pride's Purge


At least 16 people – including a one-year-old baby and other young children – have been killed after a primary school in northern Manchester was destroyed in a missile attack, officials said on Thursday.

According to UK press sources, another 200 people – including children, parents and school staff – were wounded in the attack which military sources said was targeting terrorists operating from the school playground.

Among the dead was a mother and her one-year-old baby from Chorlton. School staff say they had been attempting to organise the school’s evacuation to the nearby City of Salford when the attack took place.

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged “ restraint” and asked for all sides in the conflict to avoid civilian casualties in the ongoing action against terrorists in Manchester schools.

Mr Cameron also said the UK government was doing everything it could to avoid more bloodshed of British school children by backing a UN resolution aimed at tackling the…

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