Trump Defends Neo-Nazi Protesters

17th August 2017

Republicans have come forward condemning bigotry after Trump’s press conference in which he said ‘many sides’ were responsible for the violence at Charlottesville protests. Trump has been apparently reluctant to single out and condemn neo-Nazi and white supremacist protestors, preferring to instead delegate equal blame to counter-demonstrators he called the ‘alt-right’ “I’m not putting anybody […]

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Dropping Like Flies

15th August 2017

More people are resigning from office after Trump’s non-comments on the Charlottesville protests. If you can call them that. Two chief executives have resigned from the POTUS’ American Manufacturing Council. Brian Krzanich of Intel (the computer people) and Under Armour head Kevin Plank. Under Armour is a global sportswear distributor, which should be a real […]

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Why Trump Shouldn’t be Impeached

6th August 2017

With allegations of obstruction of justice and corruption flying around against Donald Trump over in the US, impeachment – the removal of a president from office – is looking like a battle Congress is willing to fight. Representative Maxine Waters, among others, has called for the impeachment of Trump and then his Vice President Mike […]

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Where Did the Votes Go?

4th August 2017

A long-running British Election Study (BES) has found that Labour picked up votes from the remain camp based on their ‘soft Brexit’ stance in the June general election. The authors of the report said: “According to our data, the main reason that Labour gained so much in the campaign at the expense of the other […]

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A Great Day at The Kremlin

2nd August 2017

The Trump administration seems to be experiencing utter chaos as Anthony Scaramucci looses his position as communications secretary after just ten days in the position. Just six hours prior to this former US Marine General John Kelly was appointed the new chief of staff. News recently broke that Trump intervened to prevent senior White House […]

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Nicky Morgan Calls for Report

2nd August 2017

Nicky Morgan, newly elected chair of the Treasury Select Committee, has called for a report from the Bank of England on the City’s readiness for a hard Brexit. The Conservative MP is a prominent advocate of a soft Brexit, and her position on the committee will see her scrutinising the government’s economic policy as the […]

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Blair Not to be Prosecuted

1st August 2017

Following the publication of the Chilcot report last year in which it was asserted that “the UK chose to join the invasion [of Iraq] before peaceful options had been exhausted”, a private prosecution case was launched against former prime minister Tony Blair. On Monday the High Court blocked the move to prosecute Blair on grounds […]

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Donald Trump Administration and The LGBT Community

27th July 2017

The Donald Trump administration has issued a brief saying the US Civil Rights Act should not be used to stop employers discriminating against LBGT people. The brief came just hours after the President banned transgender people serving in the armed forces. The 23-page brief claimed that Title VII of the 1964 Act, which bans discrimination […]

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Brexit Negotiations Making Little Progress

27th July 2017

Michel Barnier (Chief Brexit Negotiator for the EU) says a lack of clarity from Britain means autumn trade talks are unlikely to take place. Brexit negotiations seem to be faltering, and Barnier has told ambassadors to the EU that the British government has been unable to provide sufficient clarity on many key issues during the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Tuition Fees Lie

24th July 2017

University students were one of the main reasons Jeremy Corbyn was so successful in the recent election but that seems to have been thrown back in their faces. One of the main attractions to the Labour Party for students was its promise to eradicate university tuition fees. Graduates were also under the impression that their […]

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Half of all expelled students have a mental illness

21st July 2017

A new study into the expulsion of students from schools has found that half of those expelled are suffering with a recognised mental illness. The study, carried out by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), pointed out the “broken system” that is currently a common theme in England’s schools due to the prospects (or […]

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The Abuse Debate

21st July 2017

There is lots of talk in the news recently about abuse, particularly the abuse that MPs or candidates received during the general election campaign. Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney and Shadow Home Secretary, spoke frankly and honestly about her experience with abuse, saying she repeatedly hears and reads the “n-word” when bullies target her. […]

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What I Learnt in an MP’s Office for a Week

21st July 2017

It was work experience time at my Sixth Form this week and, like most other students, I headed off on Monday morning with a lot of apprehension and worry about how the week ahead would go. Turns out, there was no need for it. My work experience placement was in my local MP Liz Twist’s […]

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What Next? The Big Question for the Tories

20th July 2017

As MPs part ways for summer break, the question of ‘what next?’ looms large. It seems almost impossible that this Parliament will last to the end of its five year term, and the chances that Theresa May will last even to the next election look even slimmer. Talk is already bubbling, from both within the […]

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She’s Like Our Trump

18th July 2017

Except not as ‘world domination-y’. Or as racist. And at least has some semblance of brain function. Theresa May, our overlord of sorts, having managed to cling on to power longer than a decade-old remote control, like a light bulb you think needs changing, but as you go into the cupboard to get a brand-new bulb, […]

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Calls from Senior Tories to End Infighting

18th July 2017

Claims of ‘infighting’ within the Conservative cabinet have arisen over the weekend, resulting in Theresa May being given the go-ahead by Tory backbenchers to sack disloyal cabinet minister. May, among others in the party, has called for MPs to ‘get on with their jobs’ after a letter of no confidence began circulation and last week’s […]

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The Looming Teaching Crisis

17th July 2017

According to new official Labour statistics, more than 31% of 20,600 newly qualified teachers have left the profession within five years. 17% of them quit within two years. The statistics also showed that a quarter of teachers who qualified in 2011 have left since, with 28,000 of them citing harsh working conditions and low pay […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

17th July 2017

Philip Hammond It may or may not have slipped your notice this weekend what our Chancellor has been reportedly saying in private cabinet meetings. It has disgusted pretty much everyone and humiliated one: him. So, let’s recap: 1. Saturday – sexism It was reported in The Sun (yes, not the most credible of sources, but seeing as […]

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Vince Cable Likely New Lib Dem Leader

17th July 2017

Vince Cable, the likely new leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, has already set about giving interviews and making preparations for the official announcement of his leadership. In a recent interview with Andrew Marr he said he is “beginning to think Brexit may never happen,” and has said to the Guardian that “the Brexiteers are […]

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Can Popular Capitalism Make a Comeback?

12th July 2017

Capitalism today is firmly in the hands of the few, not the many. Yet, Mrs Thatcher once preached capitalism as a “crusade to enfranchise the many in the economic life of the nation” and return “power to the people”. Her sentiments of the decentralisation of power to workers and ordinary citizens during the 1986 Conservative […]

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Risk of Potential ‘Brexadus’

6th July 2017

Questions over what Brexit means for EU Nationals living in the UK are continuing after Theresa May’s paper on EU citizens rights was published last month. May called her plan, which entitles current EU citizens and those who come to the UK during the pre-Brexit ‘grace period’ to a special settled status, “fair and serious”. […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

3rd July 2017

Why Trump has finally crossed the line (again) So this one might come as a surprise, but I think Trump has just crossed the line… again. This is the line in his presidency, by the way, not just on the whole Trump experience. For me, the crossing of that line happened when he bragged about […]

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The Future of The Labour Party

3rd July 2017

Tom Watson, the Labour Party’s deputy leader, has said Jeremy Corbyn is now ‘completely secure’ as the head of the party for years to come, and could win a majority by reaching out to Labour’s traditional working class voters. The show of support from Watson, who has previously called Corbyn’s leadership ‘untenable’, is a demonstration […]

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Tie’s Up!

1st July 2017

Ti(m)es are a-changing in Westminster as the establishment’s speaker ruled that MPs no longer need to wear ties when in the House of Commons chamber. It is an end to one of the strictly-held conventions of the British parliament and it has received a mixed response from politicians and the public alike. Speaker of the House […]

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Centrism is Dead

28th June 2017

When Jeremy Corbyn won his first leadership election, the Labour Party was still reeling from Miliband’s crushing defeat. We saw a manifesto from Ed Miliband that was centre-left and too cautious. It was rejected by the people. When Mr Corbyn came along, we saw a leader with radical left-wing views and we laughed in his […]

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The DUP Deal: All you Need to Know

27th June 2017

After what seems like an age, the Conservatives have agreed a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. This deal is necessary, as we will all remember, because Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win a majority of 326 seats in the general election. In order to get ‘past the post’ of the […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

20th June 2017

What we can learn from Finsbury Park On Monday morning we woke up to the news that Muslims had been subjected to a vile terrorist attack by a lone wolf 47-year-old white man from Wales. He drove a white van into worshippers leaving their mosque in Finsbury Park, murdering one person and injuring ten others. […]

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Frankie at his Best

19th June 2017

*LANGUAGE WARNING* We seldom see Frankie Boyle on TV anymore. Or at least, when we do it’s nothing worth shouting about. But, this weekend, on his BBC2 show New World Order, they got right into the meat of some of the most topical of subjects. From Trump’s continuing destruction of American democracy to Theresa May, […]

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One Nation Conservatism in a Nutshell

19th June 2017

For the last seven years, we’ve been governed by the Conservative and Unionist Party who follow an ideology of Conservatism. Some of the key concepts of Conservatism include a belief that some people are natural born leaders and others are not, an encouragement of property ownership and an emphasis on the need for rules and […]

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron Resigns

15th June 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron announced his shock resignation in a statement last night. Farron, who increased the number of seats belonging to the Liberal Democrats in this election from eight to 12, had come under fire during the election campaign for his views surrounding homosexuality and later his views on gay sex. In the […]

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The Cabinet Reshuffle Explained

12th June 2017

As a part of political tradition, whenever a new prime minister is elected, there’s a cabinet reshuffle. It basically means that the top government jobs – from secretary of state for health to education to work and pensions – are given to different people depending on what the new/re-elected prime minister thinks is best. This […]

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Top UK Politics Books

12th June 2017

If you’re looking for a tough but rewarding read this summer, you should look no further than the politics department in most bookshops. Politics books are a little tedious for some people, but if you love finding out everything there is to know about a person or an event, you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of these […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

12th June 2017

Young people and the election You might be sick of hearing about the election, but when the election has a direct link to you and your life, you might think differently. Lots of us on the ground expected young turnout in this election to be high: after all, Jeremy Corbyn is popular with the majority […]

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Tory Twitter Responses to the PM

12th June 2017

After massively screwing up what should have been the easiest Conservative Party landslide since Thatcher, Theresa May is receiving mixed responses from members of her party. Naturally, many Tories are beginning to question whether or not the PM’s influence is diminishing and Leave voters are worried that her authority has been undermined too much to […]

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Theresa Mayhem

9th June 2017

Yes, it happened. Theresa May has failed to win a Conservative majority and has thus failed in her aim to “strengthen” her hand in the Brexit negotiations. By all means, she has weakened her hand in these negotiations as EU leaders will see her as weak – certainly weaker than the “bloody difficult woman” her campaign […]

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Don’t Mess with the Future

8th June 2017

Seriously, look what happened to The Terminator. As you are probably well aware, today is voting day for the UK. Where we’ll chose between the pool of parties that have put forward their ideas, and cases for why they should lead. But let’s be real: there are only two parties that actually matter. Those led […]

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Midweek Blues

7th June 2017

You know, for all the pressure and debating and fighting, I quite like election season. Some quality things happen that otherwise wouldn’t. Corbyn ate a Pringle, which everyone went mad for, one of our very own writers got the political equivalent of a shoutout at Corbyn’s public talk on Sunday, and, well, Theresa May made […]

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Huge budget cuts for local schools if Tories elected

6th June 2017

Local schools are to lose huge amounts of funding if the Conservatives are re-elected on 8th June. A funding calculator, which can be accessed here, allows you to find your school and see the difference in funding depending on which political party wins the election. It shows that schools like Thorp Academy in Ryton, St […]

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The Tories are NOT our Friends

6th June 2017

Yesterday I attended the Jeremy Corbyn rally at the Sage Gateshead in the pouring rain. It was inspiring. Jeremy Corbyn is the first leader in a long time to acknowledge properly that England goes as far north as Gateshead – and used his unique ability to unite people to gather a 4,000-strong crowd on the […]

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Corbyn Speaks in Gateshead

5th June 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is today returning to the campaign trail in Gateshead following the brief pause to pay respect to the victims of the London terror attack on Saturday night. It is a highly anticipated event and Mr Corbyn, whose position in the polls has been improving as we approach polling day on Thursday, will […]

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QUIZ: Are You Leftist Or Liberal?

5th June 2017

Ever wonder which side of the political spectrum suits you more appropriately? Well, now you can find out. Just respond to the following statements and questions in accordance with your personal beliefs and it should become clear. 1- The British monarchy is a great thing that must be preserved at all costs. A- Agree fully. […]

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Leftist vs Liberal: Two Very Different Ideas

5th June 2017

With the election only a few days away, we’re all feeling really political at the minute and identifying mostly by the Party that we’re going to elect on Thursday. However, we’ve heard many people getting mixed up as to whether they’re liberal or leftist. Many people confuse the two terms or think that they mean […]

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Politics: Two for One Takeaway

1st June 2017

Theresa May, while she spouts the idea of a ‘strong and stable’ Britain, seems to be doing everything she can to prove otherwise. While the debate was going on last night, she decided to do the only sensible thing. Wander around people’s houses all afternoon in the hopes of catching someone who could stand to […]

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(Late) Midweek Blues

1st June 2017

Another week, another meme. It’s almost a schedule that Mr. President Orange will say something dumb, and the entirety of rational people on the internet will take the opportunity to take the mick. This week: We have no idea what it means. No one does. We’re all perplexed here. Is it secret code for something? […]

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UKIP’s Paul Nuttall Wants to Reintroduce Death Penalty

29th May 2017

In light of recent terror incidents in both the UK and worldwide, there has been a lot of talk about how we should deal with terrorists and people that murder innocent children. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall knows exactly how he would handle these criminals and therefore he advocates bringing the death penalty back to the […]

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Who actually is Theresa May?

25th May 2017

The election campaign is hotting up now and the country will be heading to the polls to choose the Prime Minister very soon. Yet hardly anyone knows who Theresa May really is. So, we’ve obviously got you covered with this unbiased and factual information article to help you get to the cold truth of our […]

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Two for One Twitter Madness

22nd May 2017

Occasionally, the stars align, and something wonderful happens, and it explodes on Twitter. Well, let’s start strong… or… not, depending on how you look at it. Long and short of it, Trump went to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign visit, in which he rode a golden escalator: Trump flashed me a thumbs up as […]

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The Best of Leaders’ Twitter

22nd May 2017

Everybody has been ranting and raving about the low youth voter turnout and lack of youth engagement in politics, but this GE, the political parties have really upped their Twitter game which should be a great way of appealing to younger people and educating them on who to vote for. Here is a short description […]

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How to Start Your Own Political Party

22nd May 2017

When you think back to the 2005 and 2010 general elections, UKIP and other relatively new parties were barely represented in Parliament. It was a choice between Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem and all other parties just came under the ‘others’ category in the results. In 2015, however, these smaller parties had a lot more […]

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All Upcoming General Election TV Debates

22nd May 2017

With just under three weeks left before the UK decides whether it will be Corbyn or May to take us out of the EU, each of the leaders of the seven main UK parties will be on our TV screens more or less every day to tell you why they deserve your vote. You probably […]

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