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Labour’s turning point

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Black Wednesday, the Maastricht treaty and what John Smith would think about Brexit Twenty-five years ago, ‘Black Wednesday’ saw the pound forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). This dramatic humiliation of John Major’s government on 16 September 1992, wrecked the Tory party’s reputation for economic competence and ignited a furious internal struggle over…

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Speaking out

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Labour has the opportunity and the duty to shape Brexit for the better It was clear from the Queen’s Speech that the government has not seen its disastrous performance in the general election as a sign that it needs to reflect and reconsider its approach to Brexit. The speech claimed that Conservative ministers “are committed…

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More sustainable neighbourhoods

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I recently volunteered to serve on the governing body of the infant school that is now firing the imagination of our third child as she embarks on her educational journey. My motivation – other than wanting to pay back the effort and imagination that has gone into coping with our ‘spirited’ offspring over the years…