Author: Danny Rigg

WATCH: Interview with Conservative Brexiteer Chris Green

Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West in Greater Manchester, gave a talk to the Conservative Society at the University of Liverpool on Friday 16 November. Earlier that day, Green announced he had sent a letter to the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, expressing his lack of confidence in Prime Minister and party leader Theresa May. We sat down with the MP for an interview prior to the Conservative Society event to discuss Brexit, a letter he signed opposing investigations into alleged crimes by British veterans in Northern Ireland, and Amber Rudd’s reappointment to the Cabinet following her resignation...

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Poppies: suffering, hypocrisy, imperialism

One hundred years have passed since the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, ending over four years of an imperialist war that left at least 15 million civilians and military personnel dead. And an imperial war it was. That’s not a political statement, that’s what it was, and the remembrance poppy emerged as a way to remember these dead. Imperial powers were vying for control of the continent as the European balance of power collapsed. No longer were they satisfied pillaging the rest of the world, instead shipping troops over from their colonies to help fight the...

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WATCH: Interview with Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald, President of Sinn Féin, speaks to us about Brexit during her visit to the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies on Thursday October 4th. Later in the evening, Mary Lou McDonald delivers a speech to an audience in the Eleanor Rathbone Theatre at an event put on by the Institute of Irish studies. Director of the Institute, Professor Peter Shirlow, takes to the stage, speaking on the issue of peace and reconciliation before introducing a guest who, for an audience of the Institute of Irish Studies, needs no introduction. For this new Sinn Féin leader,...

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No Strike: UCU Fail to Meet 50% Turnout Threshold

The University and College Union (UCU) has failed to meet a mandatory 50 per cent turnout threshold in its ballot for strike action. Nationally, 69 per cent of members who responded to the postal ballot voted in favour of strike action. Only four branches of 147 surpassed the required turnout, all of which overwhelmingly backed strike action: Bath College, Bradford College, New College Swindon, and Petroc. Breaking: 69% of @ucu members back strike action over pay offer, but only 7 institutions reach 50% threshold required for strike to take place (3 NI institutions, where no threshold, also voted in...

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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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