Author: Danny Rigg

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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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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