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Peer says £300 daily allowance for attending House of Lords isn’t enough

Peer says £300 daily allowance for attending House of Lords ‘isn’t enough’

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Plain Jane 290116: Election gaffe

Jane Wenham-Jones

Plain Jane 290116Channel Four’s Michael Crick started it, the Electoral Commission is looking into it and now, according to Mr Crick’s blog, one Michael Barnbrook from Ramsgate, whose hobby is filing complaints, has gone so far as to contact Kent Police. I refer to the minor hoo-hah surrounding South Thanet election expenses on behalf of the Tories. Mr Barnbrook, who, charmingly, has spent time as a member of the both the BNP and Ukip, has made the complaint under sections of the 1983 Representation of the People Act which has various tedious things to say about election expenses, but the basic allegation is that the Thanet South Tories spent way too much.

The main excitement surrounds the Royal Harbour Hotel – a very nice gaffe if I may say so – in Ramsgate, where, it is claimed, an assortment of Central Office campaigners were drafted in to stay over and fight…

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Beth Hopper finally home in Hull after 21 moves due mental health beds shortage | Hull Daily Mail

via Beth Hopper finally home in Hull after 21 moves due mental health beds shortage | Hull Daily Mail.

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Social housing faces slow death with 88,000 homes forecast to be lost by the end of the decade

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/social-housing-faces-slow-death-with-88000-homes-forecast-to-be-lost-by-end-of-decade-a6840641.html

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Mental Health support for abused children difficult to access, survey finds

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/01/27/mental-health-support-abused-children-difficult-access-survey-finds/

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‘I drink largely because of stress. And for this I blame social work’

Dry January didn’t happen for Matt Bee because, as for many social workers, a quick fix is easier than the healthy option

Source: ‘I drink largely because of stress. And for this I blame social work’

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Corbyn to back proposal giving workers 5% of company profits

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is said to be supporting a bill that would force medium and large companies to share at least 5% of their profits with their em

Source: Corbyn to back proposal giving workers 5% of company profits

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FARAGE MEETING FLOUNDERS

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FARAGE LOOKING DOWN

Shock news. The famous Nigel Farage who once had hordes flocking to his meetings across Thanet could barely muster a knot of UKIP diehards in Ramsgate on Saturday. One ex-UKIP supporter said she’d seen more UKIP councillors go in than local voters.

The meeting was called in a desperate attempt by the Kippers to shore up their vote for the Newington by-election on Thursday. Unfortunately the party is hampered by a widespread belief that the Kippers cynically reneged on a promise to reopen Manston airport which they only made to grab people’s votes.

Oh that and a candidate who is so disliked internally that even one of the leading Kippers, Trevor Shonk, Mayor of Ramsgate, has declined to canvass for him.

Far right hard lads, including at least one member of the fascist, racist National Front, turned up to act as bouncers for the Farage meeting. To his credit UKIP’s…

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The Enemy Within – the 28 Labour MPs who Oppose Mr Corbyn

No Time to Think

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: of shoes, and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings… and Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies.”

RIGHTLY or wrongly our print and broadcast media have been tied into knots over Jeremy Corbyn’s so-called ‘Revenge Reshuffle’ and the ensuing sackings and resignations from Labour’s front bench team.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell accuses many of the rebels involved in these shenanigans of being linked to the Blairite campaign group Progress.

“We have had a few junior members resign and of course that’s their right but they do all come from a sort of a narrow right-wing clique within the Labour Party based around the organisation Progress.

“I don’t think they’ve really ever accepted Jeremy’s mandate. I’m afraid they have to recognise that Jeremy got elected with the largest mandate of any political leader from any political party in our history.

“I’m afraid…

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Labour Party Tops Half a Million Members Under Corbyn

No Time to Think

THE media’s coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party is the “worst” any politician has received, John McDonnell said this week.

The Shadow Chancellor said that the way broadcasters and the press had treated the Labour leader was “appalling” and complained that the only media outlet to support Mr Corbyn since September had been the Morning Star, the socialist newspaper.

“Even the liberal left Guardian opposed us and undermined us at every opportunity,” added Mr McDonnell.

He said the coverage of the Labour leader was an example of the “establishment using its power in the media to try and destroy an individual and what he stands for”.

But Mr McDonnell insisted it would not succeed in weakening support for his and Mr Corbyn’s policies and instead predicted it would have the opposite effect.

Now new figures support this view with the party boasting more than 575,000 members, the highest figure for…

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