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Justice

Putting fairness at the heart of our justice system

My name is Lauren and I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Justice Spokesperson for Centre. I’ve long admired the work that has already been done, and I’m so excited to get started. Alongside this role, I am Co-Chair of Open Labour’s Justice Reform Working Group, as well as Secretary of the Young Fabians Criminal […]

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Equality

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, which is incredibly important to us here at Centre. This is because it is a day that reminds us of barriers within society and how women are disproportionately affected by these. It also allows us to celebrate the achievements that have taken place to improve the position of women in […]

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Democracy

As a New Zealander, I know Proportional Representation can work

With 11.6% of the vote, you would assume the Liberal Democrats would be left with around three times as many MPs as the SNP who only received 3.9% of the vote. We know this is wrong as only a system like First Past The Post would mean 11.6% of the vote is 11 seats and […]

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Democracy

Federalism: uniting a disunited kingdom

The United Kingdom. Made up of 4 distinct nations, all with their own identities but united under the Union Jack and the Crown, but is it really all that united? The short answer is no. In a recent poll commissioned and published by the Sunday Times it shows the quickly rising support for nationalist and […]

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Education

Reforming our education system

For myself, education has been the grassroots matter that any society needs in order for a country to improve and prosper whilst still looking after individuals. The current UK system has proved to me that education needs thorough reforms if we are able to tackle the problems that we face as a society. This divide […]

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Economy

The income support schemes and unfairness

For many, the government income support schemes have been a lifeline- having provided them with a stable income during the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns. The successes of these schemes should not be underplayed – implementing two entirely new schemes with no existing framework is an immensely difficult task and one that we managed to […]

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Economy

Response to the Treasury statement on “Expanding Furlough”

We would like to thank the Treasury and the Gaps in Support APPG for their willingness to engage with our plan today. The statement from the Treasury highlighted the important work by the government to support employees and the self-employed during this crisis. Whilst this is very positive, we would also like to work together […]

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Education

Integration today or a return to violence tomorrow

It is a generally acknowledged fact that the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the ‘Troubles’ was caused by and fought along not just political lines but also along sectarian ones. Thirty-eight years of bloodshed, loss and destruction until finally both sides did what any sensible human being should do…talk. They agreed to a ceasefire […]

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Foreign Affairs

A third way on nuclear weapons’

Despite years of reducing the number of nuclear weapons’ the UK has the government has changed course. After the Defence review by the government the cap on the number of nuclear weapons will now rise from 180 warheads to 260. I can’t find a reason for this beyond something from an insider who supposedly spoke […]