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Parliament needs more gays. Get over it!

Parliament needs more gays. Get over it!

by Anoosh Chakelian / 26 Apr 2013 11:48

The workplace, where you go to work, learn, live, and occasionally love, was in the spotlight this morning at LGBT charity Stonewall’s annual Workplace Conference, as shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper gave a frank speech about the overwhelming need for “celebration of diversity” in the workplace.

Her speech refused “tolerance” and “respect” as the ultimate goal to achieve in attitudes towards gay people in the workplace – where 800,000 have witnessed physical homophobic bullying in

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Greg Mulholland wins the MPs’ marathon

Greg Mulholland wins the MPs’ marathon

by Caroline Schelle / 23 Apr 2012 13:17

Seven MPs ran the London Marathon yesterday, raising a total of over £63,000 so far for a range of charities and causes. 

The original number of MPs set to run was eight, but Phillip Lee Conservative MP for Bracknell had to pull out the day before due to a hamstring injury. In a statement on his donation page he announced that he was ‘gutted’ to be out of the marathon but will compete

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Abu Qatada: What a difference a day makes

Abu Qatada: What a difference a day makes

by Caroline Crampton / 19 Apr 2012 12:09

‘What a difference a day makes/Twenty-four little hours…’

It’s hard not to remember the opening words to the famous song, popularised by Dinah Washington, when watching Theresa May and Yvette Cooper square up in the Commons once again over Abu Qatada’s deportation.

After years of appeals, proceedings and assurances, it now all seems to come down to two differing interpretations of how long a period of three months is – May

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Labour waves to middle England

by Gráinne Maguire / 29 Sep 2011 09:31

The late September sun is shining flintily over the conference courtyard and after  Ed’s big speech there is already a feeling of things quietly shutting down.  Yesterday the crowd with tickets for the main hall snaked around the building, while the less fortunate and organised joined me in a half-full conference hall to watch it on a giant screen.

His speech began with a  message from Burman civil rights leader Aung San Suu

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‘Labour is the party of law and order,’ says Cooper.

‘Labour is the party of law and order,’ says Cooper.

by Richard Roberts / 28 Sep 2011 15:43

Yvette Cooper today staked out what is likely to be one of the major battlegrounds between Labour and the Conservatives between now and the next election in her speech to the Labour Party conference. Echoing Tony Blair, she said that Labour was still committed to being “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.” In what was, perhaps unsurprisingly a very well received speech by delegates in the hall, she attacked the Conservatives’

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Labour’s leading women don’t need a step up from Harman

Labour’s leading women don’t need a step up from Harman

by Francesca Preece / 27 Jun 2011 11:59

Another week, another absurd outburst from Planet Harman.

Harriet Harman, whose 2009 Parliamentarian of the Year award still baffles me, has submitted for the umpteenth time her plan to make politics fairer for women. Despite holding on to the deputyship of the Labour party, she wants to enshrine in Labour party law that either the sheriff or the deputy must be a woman.

Just as her leader Ed Miliband appoints himself as

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Yvette Cooper on her battle with ME

Yvette Cooper on her battle with ME

by Amber Elliott / 06 Jun 2011 13:22

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days at the Hay Festival this weekend. As well as witnessing a rather dodgy American accent from Richard E Grant and a surprisingly humorous ElBaradei, I also grabbed a ticket for a last-minute appearance from Yvette Cooper.

The shadow home secretary revealed to the audience that, at the age of 24, she had suffered from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). She has rarely talked openly about

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The Lords reform games begin

The Lords reform games begin

by Harry Cole / 12 May 2011 08:51

There was something that struck me as rather odd about Nick Clegg yesterday. No, it wasn’t the fact that his yellow tie matched the yellow background at his “I promise I’m not a Tory” speech at the National Liberal Club, though that was hilarious. No, it was the fact that he turned a blind eye while Liberal Democrat peers rebelled and abstained in the crucial vote against the coalition on elected police chiefs in

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