Hospital in £135million of debt hands £600MILLION contract to Serco – Mirror Online

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Ken Loach on the Labour right: “Like Les Dawson in drag” | The SKWAWKBOX Blog

https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/ken-loach-on-the-labour-right-like-les-dawson-in-drag/

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ShadCab quitters had ‘mass hysteria’, claims McCluskey. More accurately, they were committing mass abuse | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/26/shadcab-quitters-had-mass-hysteria-claims-mccluskey-more-accurately-they-were-committing-mass-abuse/

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So much for unity! Abusive #Corbyn critics simply won’t respect his mandate | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/26/so-much-for-unity-abusive-corbyn-critics-simply-wont-respect-his-mandate/

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You Need to Be Rich to Grow Old With Dignity in Britain today

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You need to be rich these days to grow old with dignity in Britain. Six years of local authority budget cuts by the conservative government has placed the burden for caring for our elderly and infirm on their relatives and the over-stretched voluntary sector. Since the Tories came to power, local authorities have responded to these central cuts by allocating 9% less on social care, as demand has grown.
As the government abandons our most in need, a silent alarm is screaming in households across the country.  Hundreds of thousands of Britons who struggle to eat, wash and go to the toilet are left to make do. A daily trial, a daily injustice. Access to care now depends increasingly on what people can afford rather than on what they need because the poor are more reliant on the state.
A report published today by the King’s Fund puts the social care funding gap…

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Junior doctors outfox Hunt by calling off five-day strikes due to concerns over patient safety | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/24/junior-doctors-outfox-hunt-by-calling-off-five-day-strikes-due-to-concerns-over-patient-safety/

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#Corbyn teaches Marr the hard facts about the crash and austerity | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/25/corbyn-teaches-marr-the-hard-facts-about-the-crash-and-austerity/

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McDonnell’s comment on McVey: Abuse? He didn’t go far enough | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/26/mcdonnells-comment-on-mcvey-abuse-he-didnt-go-far-enough/

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The facts and the spin around Corbyn’s latest win | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/09/24/the-facts-and-the-spin-around-corbyns-latest-win/

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The numbers Labour did NOT want you to see on TV this morning – and why

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This morning I had the privilege to be at the special conference for the announcement of the result of the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.

As you will know by now, the result was emphatic, with Corbyn gaining a decisive 61.8% share (313,209/506,438/654,006) of the votes in spite of the efforts to weed out around 250,000 mostly Corbyn supporters by suspensions, expulsions and simply not sending them a ballot.

But there was a significant little passage of events that you will have missed. I was seated directly behind deputy leader Tom Watson and party General Secretary Iain McNicol, within easy touching distance (if I had wished:

wp_20160924_001Iain McNicol looking positively underwhelmed at Labour’s overwhelming democratic choice

As he prepared to read the results, NEC Chair Paddy Lillis said he would read out the overall result but would also show the results by voting constituency (full members, supporters…

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