Category Archives: National politics

The housing crisis crept up on us under Labour but don’t expect it to own up

Today both the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, and my MP Rupa Huq have been talking about housing affordability. Corbyn called in aid an email from a “Matthew” at PMQs at lunchtime. Huq, who remains unembarrassed about nominating Corbyn, … Continue reading

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The Ealing jobs miracle – unemployment falls below 5,000 – half what it was

Unemployment in the London Borough of Ealing, as measured by the claimant count, has fallen below 5,000 for the first time since June 2008. Ealing’s unemployment peaked at 9,580 in September 2009 as the post credit crunch recession worked its … Continue reading

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Human rights industry touting for business

The left wing press is bigging up another of those round robin letters this morning. BBC: Migrant crisis: UK response criticised by senior former judges The Guardian: Conservatives’ asylum policy on Syria criticised as ‘too low, too slow, too narrow’ … Continue reading

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Labour’s Jon Ashworth keeping up the fibs on housing

In response to David Cameron’s speech this morning the Labour Party bashed out this press release allegedly penned by Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Minister without Portfolio. Without scruple more like. I know the housing numbers so his housing claim leaps … Continue reading

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No perspective on homelessness

I saw this from Radio 4 World at One’s Martha Kearney today: New figures show that nearly 100,000 children are living in temporary accommodation in England after being made homeless. More #WATO — Martha Kearney (@Marthakearney) September 24, 2015 Of … Continue reading

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London Labour MPs not going for Burnham

According to the latest list of Labour MPs endorsing possible leaders of the Labour party published by the New Statesman no London Labour MP has yet endorsed Andy Burnham. Indeed the Daily Mail points out that “Labour leadership favourite Andy … Continue reading

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The NHS is going to the dogs, again – or maybe not

Hospitals cancelling largest number of operations for 10 years http://t.co/Zn4dRIPVYD — Julian Bell (@juliangbell) May 16, 2015 Surge in cancelled #NHS operations: http://t.co/b7fSjav1M1 #health — Dan Crawford (@dancrawford85) May 15, 2015 Local Labour types were keen to jump on the … Continue reading

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Labour sloganeering on corporate tax avoidance – the Coalition has acted already

"It is absolutely wrong that the Starbucks and Amazons of this world pay less tax than you and me." – @RupaHuq #ccahustings #hustingscca — Ealing Labour Party (@EalingLabour) April 29, 2015 The Ealing Labour party seems to be pleased with … Continue reading

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When Rupa Huq says “this time” she gives the game away

With two words tonight Rupa Huq repudiated 13 years of New Labour and her benefactor Tony Blair. 35 seconds into her summing up at tonight’s CCA Hustings at Acton Town Hall Rupa Huq said: We do have a progressive programme … Continue reading

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Two Ealingites who are glad to be out of Tower Hamlets today

Today the bent Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was defenestrated in the High Court. There are two Ealing personalities who will be glad they are well off out of it. One is the Ealing Council Chief Executive, Martin Smith. … Continue reading

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