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Abortion rights: protests defend right to choose

29 January 2008
Campaigners in Glasgow gave the campaign to defend abortion rights a fantastic boost last week with a young and lively protest against Tory MP Ann Widdecombe.

Back London left challenge to war and neoliberalism

29 January 2008
Respect’s Lindsey German offers a clear and consistent alternative in this year’s race for London mayor. In response to her campaign, supporters of mayor Ken Livingstone have resorted to a tired old theme reiterated whenever Labour faces a radical challenge from the left – "don’t split the vote and let the Tories in".

A ‘grand coalition’ to preserve the union with Scotland

15 January 2008
On Tuesday of this week, Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat leaders in Scotland sat down with Des Browne, the Scottish secretary, to agree a major joint campaign to preserve the unity of the United Kingdom.

Labour and the Tories share welfare agenda

08 January 2008
The Tories have announced draconian new plans to disqualify people from claiming benefits and force existing claimants into unpaid work – and the first to be targeted will be those claiming incapacity benefit.

Landslide defeat for Australia’s Tory government

27 November 2007
Australia’s long-serving Tory prime minister John Howard suffered a dramatic defeat in last weekend’s federal election. The opposition Labour party won with the biggest swing in any election since 1975.

Gordon Brown triangulates himself into a corner over election

09 October 2007
Despite some polls last week no one seriously believed the Tories had a chance of beating Gordon Brown in a general election. But because of his obsession with "triangulation", the prime minister still managed to create chaos over whether or not to call a snap poll.

Tory tax plans expose Gordon Brown

09 October 2007
What may have saved the Tories from a general election in 2007 was the promise made by shadow chancellor George Osborne last week to raise the threshold for inheritance tax from £300,000 to £1 million.

Labour and Tories swing right as general election looms

02 October 2007
As political debate centres on the imminence of a general election, this should not mask the fact that Gordon Brown's electoral strategy is to move New Labour yet further rightwards to win Tory votes.

Greek fires threaten to engulf Tories

28 August 2007
The Greek Tory government has been increasingly blamed for what many see as an avoidable tragedy as forest fires continued to rage, killing at least 63 people.

Why the market is a mortal threat to the NHS

28 August 2007
The NHS is one of the most valued institutions in British society. But its very basis is under threat from the neoliberal policies that Gordon Brown’s New Labour government, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, subscribe to.

Respect vote suffers squeeze

24 July 2007
New Labour won the Ealing Southall by-election on Thursday of last week, but its majority was slashed almost in half. The Tories came a humiliating third.

By-elections offer no good news for the big three parties

24 July 2007
There's a case for saying that the two by-elections on Thursday last week weren’t particularly good news for any of the three major parties. The biggest loser was David Cameron with the Tories pushed into third place in both Sedgefield and Southall.

Glasgow council’s use of anti-union laws backfires

17 July 2007
Glasgow City council’s attempts to use Tory anti-union laws has backfired.

Letters

26 June 2007
Australian plan is racist Outrage is growing across Australia in response to John Howard’s Tory government’s takeover of remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Talk of a Tory revival should not let Gordon Brown off the hook

08 May 2007
The election results last week underlined that Tony Blair has succeeded in partly rehabilitating the Conservatives.

Privatisation and cuts wreck the NHS

08 May 2007
Tony Blair’s claim that we had just "24 hours to save the NHS" was one of the finishing touches to New Labour’s crushing victory over the discredited Tory government in 1997.

Timeline – ten years of Blair government

08 May 2007
1997 MayNew Labour elected with 179 seat majority. Chancellor Gordon Brown gives Bank of England control over interest rates. Tony Blair declares that he is against public sector monopoly. JulyBrown’s first budget promises to stick to Tory spending limits, but he cuts corporation tax to 31 percent Government says it will scrap student grants and introduce tuition fees. AugustFat cats brought into government. New ministers include BP boss Lord Simon.SeptemberSeven people die in Southall rail crash. Government refuses to renationalise rail.

Law and order agenda has punished the poor

08 May 2007
As shadow home secretary, Tony Blair led the charge to take the high ground of law and order from the Tories.

£500 million for rail fat cats, 40,000 postal jobs cut

08 April 2007
It was New Labour's day of shame this week. The government gave in to pressure and handed £500 million to some of the greediest and richest people in Britain. Businessmen, bankers and speculators were horrified when their Railtrack shares nosedived last year. They believed their bets in the stock market casino should be a one-way ticket to wealth. These people were gleeful when the Tories flogged Railtrack off for a quarter of its value.

What really happened to our pensions?

07 April 2007
The Tories and most of the press want you to believe that the reason you’ve lost your pension is because of Gordon Brown’s tax changes in 1997.

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