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Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government. The Tories’ ‘supply and confidence’ deal with the ten DUP MPs turned a spotlight on Northern Irish politics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of ...

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UCU strike at Coleg Y Cymoedd

It was a measure of the frustration at rising workloads and stress levels over 50 college workers took it in turns to picket the four campuses of Coleg y Cymoedd. UCU members were out in force at Nantgarw, Ystrad Mynach, Rhondda and Aberdare campuses in a one day strike supported by 80% in a strike ballot. One of the strikers ...

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Corbyn swings Wales to Labour

There were a lot of red faces among the political establishment in Wales on 9 June. Before the election there was a universal prediction that Jeremy Corbyn would deliver a win for the Tories in Wales – from pundits, journalists, pollsters and even the chair of Welsh Labour. But they were all confounded by an even bigger swing to Labour ...

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Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

Build a cross-community voice for the many, not the few The stunning electoral upset delivered by Jeremy Corbyn on the basis of a radical, left platform has had an electrifying impact and is potentially a historic turning point. He has engaged a new generation of youth in politics and smashed the lie that socialist policies are unpopular. In contrast, predictions ...

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General Election: Tories must go

Theresa May’s failed election gamble is a nightmare for the capitalist class in Britain. Seven weeks ago most of Britain’s elite were hopeful that May would succeed in dramatically increasing the number of Tory MPs, thereby buttressing her government to be able to weather the storms of economic crisis, to carry out vicious austerity against the majority in society and ...

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Manchester bombing: unite against terror, war and racism

Young people out enjoying themselves were instead faced with one of the worst kinds of horror imaginable on 22 May when a bomb was exploded in the foyer of the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. Twenty two people were killed and at least 59 injured by this blast at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. This atrocity, which ...

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Rhodri Morgan dies aged 77

The death of Rhodri Morgan, the ex-First Minister of Wales, has been met with shock and not a little sadness amongst working people in Wales. ‘Rhodri’ was known affectionately simply by his first name as the affable and eccentric First Minister who led the development of the Welsh Assembly and effectively the first Welsh government. More significantly he was the ...

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Labour holds in Wales despite cuts councillors

The council elections in Wales were completely overshadowed by the impending general election which was called two weeks before. The mainstream media confidently predicted Labour losses in the local elections and a victory for the Theresa May in the general election but the Tories have not been forgiven for the damage they have done to Welsh working class communities. So ...

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Benefits workers oppose ‘rape clause’ and two-child limit

The requirement for victims to complete an eight-page form in order to qualify for the so-called “rape clause” exemption from child benefit cuts has led to a national outcry. The Tory government’s new restrictions on child benefits were already an attack on working class women and families. This new policy puts civil servants in the position of having to explain ...

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