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WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn at Bongo’s Bingo

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn teamed up with Bongo’s Bingo on Monday 24th September to deliver the Scouse Night festivities at Camp and Furnace. This event was part of Labour’s conference season stint in Liverpool from 23rd to 26th September, which has been followed by the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham over the weekend and into last week. Speeches were given by Labour grandees from the North West, including Liverpool City mayor Joe Anderson, City Region mayor Steve Rotheram, Merseyside-born Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and city councillor Elizabeth Hayden. The audience lapped up the words of praise and encouragement...

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WATCH: Universities Minister Challenged on Student Issues

Sam Gyimah – Conservative MP for East Surrey and Minister of State for Universities – visited the Guild yesterday for a Q&A to take questions from Liverpool students. Some of the topics covered were Brexit, mental health, tuition fees, rent, free speech and politics on campus. We followed Sam Gyimah on the way to his next stop opening the Materials Innovation Factory, pressing him further on a few of these issues: The full Q&A can be viewed via the Guild’s Facebook page. Photography: Holly Benning and Danny Rigg Video: Danny...

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TWT: the radical festival returns to Liverpool

The Labour Party conference returns to Liverpool, running between 23rd and 26th September. The World Transformed (TWT), which organisers describe as ‘the Edinburgh Fringe, only more political’, is also making a comeback in the city after its success here in 2016. It is the largest political festival in the UK for decades. Running from Saturday 22nd to Tuesday 25th, TWT has an action-packed schedule in The Black-E and Constellations, with something for everyone. The festival opens with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell making the case for political education. Saturday night’s opening party at 9.30pm in Constellations is headlined by Raw...

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What you need to know about the UCU’s pay dispute

Industrial action risks hitting higher education institutions across the UK again this year as the University and College Union (UCU) prepares to ballot members from 30 August to 19 October. Notice of the ballot has been served to 147 employers, including the University of Liverpool, as part of a dispute over pay. The UCU is demanding fair and equal pay, which includes an end to the gender pay gap and the casualisation of labour. The last round of strike action over pensions lasted for 16 days across four weeks between 22 February and 16 March of this year. A...

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‘We are all Jim Newell now’: Academics support sacked Salford Professor

Academics have expressed outrage at the dismissal of Jim Newell from his position as professor of politics at Salford University for failing to reach grant income targets. A petition addressed to Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall and calling for Newell’s reinstatement has received over 5,000 signatures. our colleague Jim Newell one of the most prominent specialists of #ItalianPolitics needs our solidarity to get back his job as Professor of Politics @SalfordUni, please sign academic #solidarity @PSA_IPSG via @ChangeFrance — Caterina Froio (@CaterinaFroio) July 11, 2018 Newell, an expert on Italian politics who had worked at the university for 27 years,...

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