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Could Britain’s Labour Party Under Corbyn Hold the Answer to Europe’s Woes?

For over 40 years, Britain has pushed extreme, free-market policies in the European Union (EU). While the EU has delivered, for Britain, better workers'...
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Video: Fight Within UK Labour Party Pits Career Politicians Against Radicals Pt. 1/2

The fight between pro-Corbyn and anti-Corbyn forces within the UK's Labour Party is intensifying as the anti-Corbyn camp attempts to stop Corbyn supporters from...
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Video: Confident Corbyn Puts Tories on Notice at Labour Party Conference

Corbyn's message is shifting the ground of British politics says Labor scholar Leo Panitch Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work...
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Video: Corbyn Lost Labour Party Elites, But Won Over Voters

"Corbyn has proven that there is a way forward for the Labour Party," says Leo Panitch, a professor at York University--but it isn't the...

Corbyn’s Labour Party Will Deliver a Fairer, More Compassionate Britain

The ferocious beast of the so called free-market capitalism needs to be on a leash before it devours all around it, including our planet....
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Video: Exclusive: Piers Corbyn Defends Brother Jeremy Corbyn’s Performance As Leader Of The Labour...

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Video: ‘Labour Party cut themselves from working class’ – Ex-Scottish MP on GE &...

The Scottish National Party, which favours independence for Scotland, could turn out to be a king maker in this election. If neither the Conservatives...

The Labour Party has Regained Its Principles and Offers Hope to Millions

After 20-plus years of being lost in the muddy centre ground of British politics, the Labour party now stands tall again as the party...

Labour Party launches ‘radical & responsible’ election manifesto

The election manifesto of Britain’s Labour Party was officially launched on Tuesday morning, promising a...

What is in the UK Labour Party’s manifesto?

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Blairites declare UK Labour party unelectable

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26,000 members quit Labour Party… but is Corbyn or Brexit to blame?

Almost 26,000 people have left the Labour Party since summer 2016, it has emerged, as...

Is Jeremy Corbyn about to stand down as Labour Party leader?

Jeremy Corbyn’s future as leader of the Labour Party may be in doubt yet again amid rumors of a second coup, this time from...

Anti-Corbyn MPs may give up on Labour Party, flee to business – report

Blairite MPs may follow the recently resigned Jamie Reed by leaving Labour to sign up...

Labour Party seeks amendment to Brexit bill to avoid isolation from Europe

UK’s opposition Labour Party is planning to file an amendment to legislation regarding Britain’s official...
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Video: Corbyn Wins Leadership, But Can He Unite the Labour Party?

The media's depiction of the party opposition to Corbyn as 'centrist' is a cover for how right-wing it actually is, says economist John Weeks...
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Video: Jeremy Corbyn Wins Right to Defend His Leadership of Labour Party

Economist John Weeks says pro-austerity forces were defeated in the decision of the Labour Party leadership to allow him on the ballot. Via Youtube

Have Trotskyists invaded the Labour Party? Corbyn supporters laugh off deputy leader’s theory

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson believes his party has been taken over by “Trotskyists” who...

What the coup against Jeremy Corbyn reveals about the Labour Party

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Chris Marsden Just ten months ago, Jeremy Corbyn was elected labour leader,...

Jeremy Corbyn can automatically run in leadership race – Labour Party

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will be on the leadership ballot following a decision by...

Labour Party in disarray after Corbyn’s dismissal of Benn leads to mutiny

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s main opposition, the Labour Party, has sacked key shadow...

Livingstone to Prescott: ‘Ghastly’ ex-Blairites to blame for Labour party suspension (RT SHOW)

Former Labour sparring partners John Prescott and Ken Livingstone have gone toe-to-toe on RT’s News...

The British Labour Party must admit its Mistake

It’s always very difficult having to admit you’re wrong, and the more you believe something is right the harder it is accepting it might...
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Video: Racially Charged UK Election: Londoners Elect New Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan

Economist John Weeks says if the new mayor can deliver on his campaign promises of inclusivity and housing, it will be a tremendous step...

UK Labour Party in Grip of Zionist Inquisition

The orchestrated smear campaign against pro-Palestine sympathisers sent me reaching for my pen. But Gilad Atzmon too was eyeing the Labour Party’s crazed witch...

Is there an anti-Semitism problem in Britain’s Labour Party? Prejudiced members to be suspended

The Labour Party may soon make it easier to expel members accused of anti-Semitism as...

Jewish Money and the Labour Party: Here Are the Numbers

If you are curious about why the Labour Party has been groveling to the Jewish Lobby for the last few months, Jewish Donor Michael...

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Robert Stevens Following an emergency meeting with cabinet ministers yesterday, British Prime...

An open letter to the Labour Party

Dear Labour Party, Please, I beg of you. I fall on my knees and gaze up at you in utter desperation because, as I see...

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden Tony Blair’s role in waging war against Iraq in 2003 has returned to haunt the ruling elite in Britain–nowhere more so than in...

Nuclear family? Trident renewal debate scheduled for Labour Party conference

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to argue against renewing Britain’s multibillion pound Trident nuclear deterrent at the party’s annual conference next week. The...
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Video: ‘JezWeDid!’ Moment Jeremy Corbyn announced new Labour Party leader

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4_XoBBg53Q&w=580&h=385] The Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn, has been elected Labour party leader. The 66-year-old winner of one of the key races in recent...
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Video: Jeremy Corbyn sings in pub celebrating election as Labour party leader

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oa04A8dNeI&w=580&h=385] Hard-left candidate Jeremy Corbyn stormed to victory in the UK Labour Party's leadership contest, taking almost 60% of the vote. As he was...

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party is an indication of enormous social anger and disgust with the rotten...

UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters

By Chris Marsden Jeremy Corbyn is standing for Labour leader based upon the claim that the party can be won back from the right-wing course it...

Anti-austerity Corbyn on track to lead Labour Party — YouGov poll

Veteran Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn looks set to win more than half of the votes in Labour’s leadership contest, despite warnings from senior party...

Unions and Labour Party back New Zealand Post job cuts

By John Braddock14 November 2013 New Zealand Post announced this month that the company will axe over 2,000 jobs in the coming three years....

UK Labour Party whips up anti-immigrant sentiment

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UK Labour party set for new reshuffle

British opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband is set for his fourth shadow cabinet reshuffle in three years in response to criticisms that the partyâ„¢s...

UK Labour Party may back early EU vote

Labour party may back early vote on Britainâ„¢s EU membership.The UKâ„¢s opposition Labour party has considered supporting an in-out referendum on Britainâ„¢s membership of...

‘Labour party to keep UK in austerity’

Labour party chief admits to maintaining spending cuts if opposition wins next election Britainâ„¢s opposition Labour party chief Ed Miliband has pledged to be...

UK Labour Party pledges cuts in welfare

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Muslim peer quits UK’s Labour Party

British politician Lord Nazir Ahmed has quit Labour party after attributing his prison sentence to pressure applied on the court by Jews Å“who own...

Irish Labour Party in deep crisis

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Labour party proposes mansion tax to help low earners

LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Labour Party called on Thursday for a tax on expensive homes to fund a new lower-income tax band to help the country's lowest earners. Setting out some of the first concrete ideas of what his party would offer vote...

Labour activists welcome news that MP who praised Turkish government could leave party —...

Labour MP John Woodcock’s reported impending exit from the party is being welcomed by activists....

Labour activist says senior party official urged her to forget rape allegation — RT...

Published time: 31 Oct, 2017 19:49 A Labour Party activist claims she was discouraged by...

Corbyn trolls May’s call for cross-party collaboration by sending autographed Labour manifesto

Published time: 12 Jul, 2017 09:21 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Prime Minister Theresa...

Today’s Labour voters ‘prefer Corbyn to Blair’ as socialist tightens grip on party

Published time: 17 May, 2017 11:27 Edited time: 18 May, 2017 06:46 The Labour Party...

Corbynistas already planning Labour’s victory party as Tory lead narrows again

Thousands of Facebook users say they will flock to the Red Lion pub in Westminster...

Liberal pundits slam Corbyn pledge to carry on as Labour leader even if party...

Jeremy Corbyn’s vow to stay on as leader of the Labour Party even if it loses heavily in next month’s general election has been...

‘We have 4 weeks to ruin their party’: Fighting talk as Labour launches battle...

It was gloves off as the Labour Party officially launched its electoral campaign in Manchester...

Brexit-backing Labour MP says her party is ‘irrelevant’

Published time: 26 Apr, 2017 15:33 Labour MP Gisela Stuart accused her own party of making...

Communist Party champions Corbyn’s Labour, says it won’t stand election candidates

Published time: 24 Apr, 2017 16:15 The Communist Party of Britain (CP) has confirmed it will...

Labour wins local election after UKIP rival gets party name wrong on registration form

Labour won a local council seat in Suffolk unchallenged because a UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate wrote the name of their party incorrectly on...

Labour NEC wins appeal to ban thousands of party members from voting for new...

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has won a High Court appeal allowing it to bar...

Anti-Corbyn billionaire urges rebel MPs to split Labour & form new party

Billionaire Labour donor Assem Allam has encouraged MPs opposed to party leader Jeremy Corbyn to...

Labour NEC ‘misapplied’ party rules by including Corbyn on leadership ballot, rival tells high...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was placed on the leadership ballot because officials “misapplied” the party’s...

Could a new center-left party emerge from a Labour split? Lib Dem leader Farron...

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hinted that Britain’s tumultuous political environment may offer an...

Coup defeated? Labour rebels back down fearing party split as Corbyn refuses to go...

Labour MPs opposed to Jeremy Corbyn have reportedly conceded the embattled Labour leader cannot be...

To the rescue? 60,000 join Labour in 1 week as party’s MPs launch anti-Corbyn...

Tens of thousands of new supporters have joined the Labour Party in the past week,...

Labour anti-Semitism report condemns ‘occasionally toxic atmosphere’ within party

An internal report on the validity of allegations of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism...

UK Labour leader urges party not to defy Conservative spending cuts

By Chris Marsden Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a letter instructing local Labour councils to abide by the law and impose austerity cuts demanded...

Galloway to rejoin Labour if Corbyn elected as party leader

Former British MP George Galloway says he is ready to rejoin the Labour Party if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as its leader. Asked if he...

UK Labour leader faces party rebellion

British Labour leader Ed Miliband has come under pressure form his own party MPs to offer a referendum on Britainâ„¢s membership with the European...

Is Labour’s anti-Semitism ‘crisis’ fair criticism or used for political gain? — RT UK...

Tuesday's anti-Semitism debate in parliament focused primarily on the "crisis" within Corbyn's Labour Party, going...

‘Boris Johnson misled the public’ – Labour ex-frontbencher attacks govt over Skripal case (VIDEO)...

Labour MP Chris Williamson has attacked the UK government’s handling of the Skripal poisoning, drawing...

Israeli Labor Party suspends ties with Corbyn as he ‘fails’ to tackle alleged anti-Semitism...

The Israeli Labor Party has decided to temporarily sever all ties with its British counterpart...

Plans for new UK centrist party dismissed — RT UK News

Reports of a new centrist party backed with up to £50 million have been met...

Top Tory criticizes Corbyn’s Labour for wanting evidence — RT UK News

A Tory minister has condemned Labour’s official response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in...

Labour rebukes Boris Johnson for ‘misleading public’ on Novichok source — RT UK News

The Labour party is calling on Boris Johnson to answer some “very serious questions” after...

The Anti-semitism Paradox Damaging Labour

The supposed “anti-semitism crisis” in Britain’s Labour party is revealing an interesting paradox at the heart of modern discussions of anti-semitism. Undoubtedly there are those...

Next Labour leader contest should be women-only, says MP Harriet Harman — RT UK...

The next Labour leadership contest should have only female candidates, the party’s former deputy leader...

Labour MP suspended after slapping, sexually-harassing breast cancer victim — RT UK News

Labour MP Karl Turner is in hot water following allegations he slapped the bottom of...

Labour divided after Corbyn refuses to condemn Kremlin without more evidence — RT UK...

The Labour Party is facing internal rupture over the actions of leader Jeremy Corbyn after...

Trans model quits Labour role due to ‘endless’ smearing by right-wing press — RT...

A transgender model has quit her role as a Labour Party equality adviser due to...

Catcalling women should be a hate crime, says Labour MP — RT UK News

Men who catcall women should be charged with a hate crime, Labour MP Melanie Onn...

‘I was raped at conference’ – Labour rocked by sexual abuse report — RT...

A damning report detailing alleged cases of rape and sexual abuse inside the Labour Party...

Ben Bradley apology to Corbyn shared more than all 2018 Tory Party tweets combined...

Imagine being so unpopular that your biggest social media success is an apology. Well for...

Transgender model who claimed ‘all white people are racist’ is Labour’s new equality adviser...

A transgender model who branded white people “racist” has been chosen as Labour’s new equalities...

‘Snake oil’ sales from Jeremy Corbyn as David Davis blasts Labour’s Brexit customs union...

Jeremy Corbyn is set to announce today that if British voters back him at the...

Tory troll farm! Russia-obsessed party plots rise of its own battle bots ahead of...

The Tory party has been obsessing for months over Russian ‘bots’ and so-called ‘like-farms’ with...

Right-wing press attacks on Corbyn ‘boost approval’ for Labour group Momentum — RT UK...

Right-wing media attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn actually boost membership of his grassroots campaigning...
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Video: ‘Will no one think of straight white men?’ Labour defends equalities conference ban

Labour has defended its decision to ban heterosexual white men from its equality conference. The party is facing a backlash for saying attendees must...

Labour & Momentum are biggest pushers of fake news, says Tory MP — RT...

Tory MP Chris Grayling has branded the Labour Party and left-wing organization Momentum “the biggest...

Corbyn’s Communist spy links? Labour leader named in Cold War files — RT UK...

Jeremy Corbyn is in line for tough questioning over allegations he met with a communist...

Young Labour responds to critics of straight, white men ‘ban’ — RT UK News

Young Labour activists have defended themselves against accusations that straight, white men have been ‘banned’...

‘Will no one think of straight white men?’ Labour defends equalities conference ban —...

Labour has defended its decision to ban heterosexual white men from its equality conference. The...

‘Robert Burns wasn’t bent!’ Labour MP under fire for comments on gays & Chinese...

A Labour MP has been disciplined after he made “deeply offensive” racist and homophobic remarks....

Brexit may ‘snap’ Tory party

A senior Tory MP has spoken of the “deep ideological difference” currently dividing the Conservative...

George Galloway threatens to call Labour leader Corbyn as witness in anti-Semitism spat —...

Jeremy Corbyn is set to be dragged into a defamation case against former colleague George...

BBC backs Ed Balls revealing the secret behind his partying with ‘Trumpettes’ at Mar-a-Lago...

Ed Balls has caused a social media stir after pictures of him partying with busty...

Labour must attack Carillion’s ‘crony-capitalist crime,’ says Ex-MP George Galloway — RT UK News

Labour must step up its attack on the “crony-capitalist crime” of construction company Carillion, former...

Labour leader Corbyn is patron of BDS group blacklisted by Israel — RT UK...

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 20:18 The leader of the UK’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn,...

‘You’re right – we are dangerous… to the few,’ Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn tells Morgan...

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 09:03 Edited time: 2 Dec, 2017 17:05 Labour leader Jeremy...

Labour’s transgender women’s officer insists rape joke Twitter account isn’t hers — RT UK...

Labour’s newly elected women’s officer, who was born a man, has denied tweeting jokes about...

Sacked Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant died by hanging — RT UK News

Published time: 13 Nov, 2017 15:36 An inquest into the death of the Welsh Assembly...

Labour MP suspended for ‘rubbing crotch on woman’ as Westminster sex scandal widens —...

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 08:49 Edited time: 4 Nov, 2017 09:10 Labour MP Kelvin...

Labour suspends MP Jared O’Mara over misogynistic jokes about rape & teenage girls —...

Published time: 25 Oct, 2017 12:23 Jared O’Mara, an MP accused of making homophobic and...

Labour MP who joked about rape and pop-star orgies ‘deserves a second chance,’ colleague...

Published time: 24 Oct, 2017 12:36 Edited time: 24 Oct, 2017 15:05 MP Jared O’Mara,...

Tory MP slams own party for universal credit abstention — RT UK

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 15:49 Andrea Leadsom, the Tory leader of the House of...

Boris says Labour MPs speaking to RT is a ‘scandal’ … despite his dad...

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 15:40 While Boris Johnson claims it is a “scandal” that...

Young Labour appears to brand NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg ‘a fascist’ — RT UK

Young Labour, the youth wing of Britain’s main opposition party, has passed a motion describing...

Tory conference: Can Theresa May rescue her leadership, or has her party lost patience?

Theresa May’s political stock is collapsing after a battering in June’s snap election, and amid...
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Video: Jewish Voice for Labour at 2017 conference: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Family protest over giving the Del Singh Memorial award to Lousie Ellman MP & the JLM Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi wows Labour Party conference » Why...

Tory party conference to get ‘biggest ever’ armed security detail, Manchester police tell RT

Published time: 29 Sep, 2017 16:10 Edited time: 29 Sep, 2017 16:18 Tens of thousands...

Prince Philip 'unfaithful' to the Queen & Harry 'can’t actually fly a helicopter,’ claims...

Published time: 27 Sep, 2017 09:02 Labour MP Emma Dent Coad is facing backlash after...

‘I’ll chain myself to door of Number 10’ to stop ‘Nazi’ Trump state visit,...

Published time: 27 Sep, 2017 09:48 Donald Trump is a “racist Ku Klux Klan and...

Labour activists compare Israel to Nazi regime, accused of anti-Semitism

Labour activists compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi persecution of the Jews...

Nationalize everything! Labour unveils radical plan to ‘take back’ utilities & transport

Published time: 25 Sep, 2017 15:59 The Labour Party has revealed plans to renationalize Britain’s...

Banning Saudi Arabia from Labour conference hints at Corbyn’s likely tough stance as PM

Published time: 18 Sep, 2017 12:53 Edited time: 18 Sep, 2017 12:53 Labour leader Jeremy...

Tories’ £1bn not enough to stop DUP backing Labour on health service pay

Published time: 13 Sep, 2017 16:16 The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has voted with Labour...

BBC accused of ‘sneering’ interview by Labour shadow foreign secretary

The BBC has been accused of grilling a leading Labour MP during a Radio 4...

Labour in Brexit chaos as MPs plan to defy Jeremy Corbyn in parliament

Published time: 11 Sep, 2017 15:02 Jeremy Corbyn is expected to face a blow to...

Labour prepares for new season of Brexit battles, plans to block Great Repeal Bill

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will tell his MPs to vote against the Brexit Bill at...

‘Pick the wrong person and the party is finished’: RT went to UKIP’s leadership...

A homophobe, an Islamophobe and a Scotsman walk into a hotel. The UK Independence Party...

Was Labour right to 'sack' Sarah Champion for saying Pakistani men ‘rape, exploit white...

Sarah Champion was reportedly forced out of the Labour shadow cabinet after writing a controversial...

New Zealand Green Party co-leader resigns

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Brexit Secretary’s ex-aide calls for new ‘Democrats’ party to reverse the EU exit ‘catastrophe'

Published time: 9 Aug, 2017 13:20 Brexit is a “catastrophe” that should be “reversed,” according...

Kill-joy Labour MP reports young art student to police for creating fake hard-left rival

An art student in London has been operating a Twitter account and website under the...

Venezuela unrest used to target Labour leader Corbyn

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and a number of backbench MPs...

Corbyn divides Labour with definite pledge to leave single market post-Brexit

Labour would take Britain out of the European single market were it in charge of...

Tory MPs in talks with Labour about stopping Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’

Published time: 14 Jul, 2017 13:36 At least 15 Conservative MPs are in talks with...

Labour ready to govern & negotiate Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn tells EU’s Barnier

Published time: 13 Jul, 2017 09:39 Jeremy Corbyn will tell the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator...

Battle of Brexit begins: Labour threatens to sink historic Repeal Bill

Theresa May faces a humiliating defeat over Brexit as Labour warns it will block...

May now wants Corbyn's Labour to help her govern Britain

Prime Minister Theresa May will make an unprecedented appeal to the Labour Party to help...

Cross-party MPs form rebel alliance to fight ‘destructive’ hard Brexit

Published time: 10 Jul, 2017 10:23 Edited time: 11 Jul, 2017 08:10 Rebel MPs from...

Labour far left denies plans to ‘purge’ anti-Corbyn MPs

Supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have rejected reports that a hard-left wing of the...

Labour surges 8pts ahead of Tories in latest poll

A new opinion poll puts Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party eight points ahead of the governing Conservatives, less than a month after an...

The Democratic Party’s Deadly Dead-End

Exclusive: By playing for centrist and neoconservative votes, national Democrats have left the party floundering with no coherent political message and...

#NastyParty: Twitter fumes as Tories find £1bn for DUP but deny emergency workers pay...

Published time: 29 Jun, 2017 11:33 The Tories are facing a barrage of social media...

‘Build bridges, not walls,’ British Labour leader tells US president

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked US President Donald Trump to, “Build bridges, not walls.” Read more

Labour Doing So Well in the UK General Election Did Not Surprise Me

Eight months ago I wrote an article on Dissident Voice entitled “The Corbyn Effect: A British Democratic Revolution in the Making” in which I...
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Video: UK’s Hung Parliament—Conservatives Lose Majority; Labour’s Corbyn Delivers Stunning Rebuke of PM May

https://democracynow.org - British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a major setback Thursday in an election that saw her Conservative Party lose its majority ... Via...

Will Labour ‘moderates’ now stop trying to overthrow Corbyn?

Published time: 9 Jun, 2017 12:19 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn passed the electoral test with...

Death of UKIP? Paul Nuttall’s party faces election wipeout

Published time: 9 Jun, 2017 00:36 The UK Independence Party (UKIP) faces a devastating night...

UK General Election: Exit polls predict Conservatives largest party in hung parliament

Exit polls predict Theresa May’s Conservatives will form the largest party in the UK General Election - but may fall short of a...

Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly

Millions of people across the United Kingdom are voting in an early general election on June 8. For the first time in several decades, voters...

Final election poll puts May’s Tories 12 points ahead of Corbyn’s Labour

The last poll released ahead of election day put Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party...

Party leaders make final election dash armed with pleas, policies & promises (VIDEO)

Party leaders took to the streets one last time pushing some of their most popular...

Corbyn’s Labour faces ‘nuclear winter’ with support outside London flatlining – report

Published time: 7 Jun, 2017 13:04 Labour activists are braced for a massive election defeat...

#LastMinuteCorbynSmears: Social media hits back at pre-election tabloid attacks on Labour leader

Published time: 7 Jun, 2017 10:39 Jeremy Corbyn supporters have stormed the social media barricades...

#GE2017: 6 key seats that could see Tories edge out Labour

Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 17:59 As postal votes pour in ahead of Thursday’s UK...

Stephen Hawking declares which party he’s voting for to save NHS

Labour must win on June 8 because the Conservative Party will destroy the National Health Service (NHS), renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said, having previously...

Parliamentary pact could put Labour in power, but Corbyn rules out ‘tutti frutti coalition’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any pacts or coalitions ahead of the general...

Tories accused of spreading ‘fake news’ attack ads about Labour

The Conservatives have been accused of spreading fake news after one of their propaganda videos...

Millennials ‘flock to Labour,’ but would they be better off voting Tory?

Published time: 1 Jun, 2017 10:38 Labour would leave young people financially worse off than...

Poll shows Labour slashing Tory lead to just 3 points after Theresa May dodges...

A new poll shows the Tories’ lead over Labour has been slashed to a record...

Labour more likely to win because Britons want change: Scholar

A British scholar says the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn are likely to defeat Theresa may and the Tories without winning a parliamentary majority....

‘Can’t Be Arsed’ party launched to encourage young people to vote (VIDEO)

Published time: 30 May, 2017 14:33 The ‘Can’t be Arsed’ (CBA) party has released its...

Tory lead over Labour shrinking fast after manifesto launches

Published time: 22 May, 2017 10:29 Edited time: 23 May, 2017 11:03 The Conservative lead...

Labour lures young voters with pledge to scrap university tuition fees this year

Labour is promising to end university fees as soon as this autumn, in a bid...

Labour peer shuts down ‘conspiracy theories’ over timing of Manchester attack

A leading human rights campaigner and Labour peer has warned people that “this is not...

Buying the election? Tory billionaires outspend Labour’s trade unions in donor war

Donations from the billionaire business lobby to the Conservative Party are already almost double the...

Ultra-left or blueprint for growth? Labour manifesto gets mixed reviews

The Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto received mixed reviews from experts and politicians, although there...

That’s our policy! Tories accused of stealing ideas from UKIP & Labour

Officials of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have accused Theresa May’s Conservative Party of stealing...

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

It is unfortunate that policies otherwise deemed middle of the road and social democratic tend to be seen in Britain as offspring of a...

Voters love Labour’s radical manifesto, but think Corbyn would be ‘disaster’ as PM –...

British voters back Labour’s promise to nationalize the railways and tax the rich, but when...

Cabinet rift? Cracks reported at top of Tory govt as poll lead over Labour...

Cracks are reportedly widening between UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s top team and Chancellor Philip...

BBC veteran condemned for ‘biased, disrespectful’ leaked Labour manifesto coverage

The host of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' John Humphrys was trending on social media on Thursday morning after the veteran broadcaster railed against the...

Labour denies claim 100 MPs could jump ship if Corbyn loses election but doesn’t...

Labour officials rejected reports on Wednesday that up to 100 “moderate MPs” are set to...

Facebook bids for political influence by hiring ex-Tory & Labour aides

Published time: 9 May, 2017 11:20 Facebook is stepping up its attempts to build influence...

Tories accuse Eurocrats of rooting for Labour (VIDEO)

Published time: 8 May, 2017 16:31 Senior Conservative Party minister Jeremy Hunt believes the European...

Is Labour in denial over local election battering?

Labour is playing down its sweeping local election losses, with MPs advised to call the...

Tories smash Labour in local elections, UKIP obliterated

The prospect of a sweeping Tory general election victory grew on Friday after early local...

BBC failed to challenge Tory ‘lies,’ says Labour’s McDonnell (VIDEO)

Published time: 3 May, 2017 16:28 Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell slammed the BBC’s lack of...

Labour leads among voters under 40, despite trailing massively overall – Yougov poll

Published time: 26 Apr, 2017 12:42 Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is the most popular party for younger...

Labour trashes Tory ‘hard Brexit’, pledges right to stay for EU residents (VIDEO)

European citizens living in Britain would automatically have the right to remain under a Labour government, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer has announced. Starmer...

Scottish National Party could ‘lose 10 seats’ to Tories

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is urging her party to “work, work, and work some more,” as polls show they are on course for...

Blair and Corbyn clash after ex-Labour PM suggests voters back Tories to get a...

Published time: 24 Apr, 2017 16:02 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Tony Blair after the Iraq...

BBC’s Nick Robinson accused of bias against Labour’s Corbyn & in favor of PM...

BBC veteran Nick Robinson has been attacked by figures across the political spectrum, who say...

Tony Blair urges cross-party election push to stop Tory 'hard Brexit'

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is attempting to rally a cross-party alliance to fight...

Corbyn son running for Parliament story ‘completely untrue,’ Labour sources tell RT

Published time: 20 Apr, 2017 16:31 Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn have told RT that the...

The UK General Election, Corbyn’s Vilification and Labour’s Possible Fight

Photo by Garry Knight | CC BY 2.0 The context for analyzing this election must first acknowledge that the UK’s media is overwhelmingly rightwing. Only one...

Labour forecast to get snap election battering, yet Corbyn welcomes chance to ‘stand up...

Published time: 18 Apr, 2017 11:14Edited time: 18 Apr, 2017 11:46 The Labour Party reacted with...

Labour leadership team tears itself apart over US missile strikes on Syria

Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 13:35 The Labour Party is once again at war with itself...

Tony Blair attacks Corbyn’s ‘ultra-leftist’ Labour for failing to oppose Tories

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has hit out at what he says is Labour’s failure...

Labour’s Witch-hunt Against Ken Livingstone

The ongoing Ken Livingstone (“Get Corbyn!”) saga grows yet more preposterous. After outrage that the former London mayor had said Hitler was a Zionist (when...

George Galloway to stand in Gorton by-election, condemns Labour’s all-Asian shortlist

Former MP George Galloway is making a comeback to politics by running in the highly-contested Manchester Gorton by-election. Galloway, originally a Labour MP before setting...

Stephen Hawking to Labour leader Corbyn: Step down, you’re a disaster

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The Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci was not very optimistic about the potential transformative, revolutionary role of trade unions. ‘Trade unionism’, he argued, ‘stands revealed as nothing other than a form of capitalist society, not a potential successor to that society. It organises workers not as producers, but as wage-earners’ (Antonio Gramsci, 'Trade Unions and the Dictatorship' (25 October 1919), in SPWI, 1910-1920, p.110). In this blog post, I will critically engage with a collection of Trotsky’s writings on trade unions - Trade Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay (Pathfinder Press, 1990) – to establish whether he was more optimistic about the potential role of trade unions in resistance to capitalist exploitation.


Trotsky on the role of trade unions

At first sight, Trotsky appears to be much more optimistic about the transformative potential of trade unions than Gramsci. Not automatically, for sure, but nonetheless there was at least the possibility that unions would become agents of revolutionary change. This situation was most present for Trotsky in times of capitalist crisis and deteriorating conditions of the working class, when he considered it a possibility that trade unions can ‘transform themselves into revolutionary organizations’ (P.73).

At a closer look, however, it becomes clear that trade unions for Trotsky were merely a means towards the end of revolutionary change. Trade unions thanks to their ability of organising large parts of the working class were deemed to be a crucial battleground for the hearts and minds of workers against a reformist and bureaucratic trade union leadership. ‘The primary slogan for this struggle is: compete and unconditional independence of the trade unions in relation to the capitalist state. This means a struggle to turn the trade unions into the organs of the broad exploited masses and not the organs of the labour aristocracy’ (P.50). In other words, while Trotsky referred on the one hand to ‘backward masses, that is, the trade unions’ (P.135), he saw them as a way of organising the whole working class for the revolution on the other.

Unsurprisingly, rather than establishing a specific socialist trade union as a rival to reformist unions, Trotsky constantly advocated trade union unity, as this would allow the struggle for the maximum possible number of workers. The crucial role in this struggle within trade unions was given to the vanguard party. 

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Trotsky on the role of the vanguard party

There were no doubts in Trotsky’s mind that the vanguard party, the most advanced members of the working class, had to play a crucial role not only in the struggle within trade unions, but also the wider struggle for revolutionary transformation. ‘The task of the Communist Party, correctly understood, does not consist solely of gaining influence over the trade unions, such as they are, but of winning, through the trade unions, an influence over the majority of the working class’ (P.143).

Importantly, in his discussions with syndicalists and their rejection of any links between trade unions and political parties, Trotsky made clear that the communist party had nothing in common with bourgeois political parties of representative democracies. The communist party ‘is not one of the political parties of the bourgeois system; it is the active, class-conscious minority of the proletariat, its revolutionary vanguard’ (P.122). Ultimately, it was the communist party, the vanguard of the working class, which had the task to take state power in order to destroy capitalism.  

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Trotsky on the importance of state power

When assessing the situation of the French working class at his time, Trotsky pointed out that ‘as long as the best elements of the French proletariat have not created for themselves a centralized Communist party, they cannot take state power, they cannot suppress the bourgeois police, the bourgeois army, and private ownership of the means of production’ (P.112). Overcoming capitalism, therefore, implied inevitably taking over state power and establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat.

In his assessment of state power, Trotsky showed some understanding of the dangers implicit in the vanguard party taking over existing state institutions. Ultimately, however, the main danger was the return to power by the bourgeoisie. As he argued, ‘the dangers of state power exist under the regime of the dictatorship of the proletariat as well, but the substance of these dangers consists in the fact that power can actually return to the hands of the bourgeoisie’ (P.152). The potential abuse of state power by elements of the vanguard party was not part of Trotsky’s reflections. Unlike Marx, who emphasised the importance of abolishing and re-constituting capitalist state institutions in his assessment of the Paris Commune in 1871 (see also Karl Marx and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat!), Trotsky does not elaborate on the institutions of the dictatorship of the proletariat in this set of writings.


A continuing relevance of Trotsky today?

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Trotsky’s reflections on trade unions and the role of the vanguard party were very much influenced by his own experiences as one of the leaders in the Russian revolution as well as the times of his writing. While not all of his insights, therefore, find a lot of attraction today, at least the themes he raised continue to be important. First, the question of state power characterises many debates within the global movement of movements. On the one hand, there are voices supporting horizontal structures and an emphasis on non-hierarchical space for the free exchange of as many opinions as possible. Rather than taking state-power the focus is on establishing new, more egalitarian and progressive institutions in parallel to existing state institutions. Change the world without taking power is the prominent slogan, coined by John Holloway’s book of the same title. On the other, so-called verticalists emphasise the need for clear leadership through a new party in taking power in order to overcome existing exploitative capitalist social relations of production.

Similarly, the relationship between trade unions and political parties remains a widely discussed issue amongst the left today. Many trade unions continue to have close links with social democratic parties. Nevertheless, considering the latter’s turn towards neo-liberal restructuring, these links become increasingly criticised by trade union members. What are the alternatives? Left parties such as the German Die Linkeor the Norwegian Socialist Left Partyhave also been in danger of compromising more radical policies with the desire to participate in bourgeois coalition governments (see also To be in office, but not in power!). There are smaller parties in several European countries, attempting to garner the support of the working class – the Socialist Workers’ Party in the UK, would be such an example, another could be the soon to be established new British party Left Unity. Overall these parties have had little success with their efforts to date.

Perhaps, rather than privileging a particular party with the task of transformative change, there is the possibility that more radical alternatives will emerge from within trade unions? LO, the main Norwegian trade union, has loosened its ties with the Norwegian labour party in recent years. In times of elections, rather than simply asking its members to vote for the Labour Party, it has endorsed several parties close to its own, independently developed demands. In a way, this constitutes a different approach to the question of the relationship between trade unions and political parties. LO is independent from these political parties, but it still exerts a considerable influence at the political level. LO does not simply withdraw into the realm of production and the representation of workers in the workplace (see also Norwegian exceptionalism?).

How might Trotsky respond? He may argue that one still needs to separate the issue of influence on policy-making from the issue of the formulation of transformative policy programmes. Influence in itself does not imply transformative politics. Perhaps, Trotsky would argue that there is still a need for a communist party, able to develop truly transformative or revolutionary programmes? The discussion of the links between trade unions and political parties is clearly here to stay. 



Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK

Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net

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The increasing reliance on temporary agency workers by large German manufacturers has changed industrial relations, reported Hajo Holst, Associate Professor at the University of Jena, to the transnational labour projectat the Centre for Advanced Study in Oslo. Large car manufacturers, for example, have used temporary agency workers to secure short-term profits and to bypass statutory dismissal protection. Trade unions and workers, on the other hand, have increasingly come under pressure as a result.


The offensive by capital


Traditionally, temporary agency work was highly regulated in Germany and mainly used by companies to respond flexibly to short-term challenges in the production process. It was the 2003 change in legislation by a coalition government of Social Democrats and the Green Party deregulating temporary agency work, which facilitated the change in employers’ strategy. Now, several key companies have moved towards employing a significant number of their workers through temporary work agencies in order to be able to respond flexibly to changes in the economy and, thereby, to secure their short-term financial profits. Unsurprisingly, from 2003 until 2007, temporary agency work was the largest sector of employment growth, while it then became the largest sector of dismissals in the global economic crisis from 2007 onward. The risks of economic recession have been passed from employers to workers.


To date, only four per cent of the overall German workforce are temporary agency workers. However, the fact that there are between 10 to 20 per cent temporary agency workers of the overall workforce in large manufacturing companies such as Mercedes or BMW signifies the overall importance of this type of workers for German industrial relations. The most drastic example of the use of temporary agency workers is the brand new BMW plant in Leipzig in East Germany, where 40 per cent of the workforce is made up of temporary agency workers.

Photo by International Transport Forum

The increasing use of temporary agency workers has drastic implications for workers and trade unions. First, being a temporary agency worker becomes less and less a route into permanent employment. Companies have to some extent stopped employing directly new workers themselves. Second, the fact that temporary agency workers are employed on lower salaries than their colleagues, although they are doing the same jobs, and that they face the constant threat of dismissal, should there be an economic recession, has a disciplining effect on permanent workers. The latter know that should they become unemployed, the only way back into employment may be as a temporary agency worker on less good conditions. This will affect their position on whether to criticise management and, unsurprisingly, it has become more difficult for trade unions to organise strike action.


The response by labour

Capital’s structural power vis-à-vis labour has dramatically increased since the early 1970s and the onset of globalisation. The BMW plant in Leipzig is again a good example here. When negotiating with the trade union about the use of temporary agency workers, BMW made clear that unless it gets its way it will build the plant in Slovakia instead. Considering the high-level of unemployment in East Germany, the works council of BMW felt that it had no alternative but to accept the level of 40 per cent of temporary agency workers.

Photo by IG Metall
And yet, structural power by capital is not enough to explain the works council’s acceptance. Rather, we need to see this decision against the background of German trade unions’ wider self-understanding of their role in the German economy. In many respects, they consider themselves to be the better ‘managers’ of the workforce and feel that they are co-responsible for the success of individual companies. Hence, it is difficult to think about more radical alternatives to companies’ cost-cutting strategies outside the ‘common sense’ economic understanding.


Workers themselves are ambivalent about their own situation, Hajo Holst reported. On the one hand, permanently employed workers regard temporary agency workers as a guarantee for their own jobs. In times of crisis, it is the latter who are made redundant. On the other hand, however, there is still a feeling of injustice about the fact that their co-workers do the same jobs for less money and under the constant risk of unemployment. Perhaps it is this ambivalence, which provides the seeds for an alternative trade union strategy based on solidarity? Equally, important, manufacturing workers are often high-skilled and cannot be replaced that easily. The power of workers in production should not be underestimated by trade unions.

Photo by IG Metall

Clearly, the first precondition for a more active trade union position is to drop this idea of co-responsibility for company performance. Is this perhaps the time to re-politicise German trade unions and the process of collective bargaining? The continuing sense of injustice and solidarity amongst workers as well as the fact that highly-skilled workers cannot only not be replaced easily, but often know better how to run the production process itself may provide the basis for a more radical position against capital.


Key publications by Hajo Holst related to his presentation:


Holst, Hajo/Nachtwey, Oliver/Dörre, Klaus (2010) ‘The Strategic Use of Temporary Agency Work – Functional Change of a Non-standard Form of Employment’, International Journal of Action Research, 6(1), 108-38.



Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK

Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net

28 October 2013

Labour Loses Poll Lead Over Tories Amid ‘Economic Optimism’

The Labour has lost its lead over the Conservatives with both parties now tied on 35%, according to a poll published on Thursday.

The Ipsos MORI survey for the Evening Standard will worry Ed Miliband as it suggests the rise in fortunes for David Cameron is linked to a tentative economic recovery.

It is the first time Labour and the Conservatives have been tied in an Ipsos MORI poll since January 2012. The parties were also shown to be level in a YouGov poll in mid-September before the party conference season got underway.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI said: "The dividing lines between the leaders are a bit clearer after conference season, and they have all shored up their support – especially Ed Miliband, who has given more confidence to his own supporters. At the same time we have seen the Conservatives’ vote share rise in recent months in line with economic optimism. The public’s view is fascinatingly poised."

Despite the overall figures being worrying for Miliband, the poll does contain some good news. The Labour leader's signature policy of freezing energy bills until 2017 was the most popular proposal announced during the party conferences - with 62% saying it is the best for them personally and 50% seeing as the best for the country.

Miliband also received the biggest boost in personal support of all the main party leaders. Six in ten (61%) Labour supporters are now satisfied with the way he is performing as Labour leader, this is the highest Ipsos MORI has recorded since his first month in office.

George Osborne’s announcement of a freeze on petrol duty for 18 months was the second most popular confrence policy with 56% saying it is best for them, and 44% best for the country.

And Nick Clegg’s plan to raise the tax-free earnings threshold for people on the minimum wage came third, with 40% saying it would be good for them, and 44% good for the country.

The poll also showed the public increasingly see dividing lines between Labour and the Tories as the 2015 election approaches.

As many people think Cameron is either “right wing” or “right of centre” (57%) as think Miliband is “left wing” or “left of centre” (54%). These figures represent an increase of 8 points for Cameron and 10 points for Miliband since October 2010.

The survey also showed that a majority (30%) believe Clegg is in the centre ground - a finding that will please the Lib Dems as the party made a concerted effort at its conference to paint itself as the only centrist party.

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Labour are "open" to cheaper alternatives for the Trident nuclear deterrent but have stopped short of committing to ditch their long-standing commitment for a like-for-like replacement.

Earlier on Monday morning, the Financial Times reported senior Labour advisers and MPs had indicated the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, was backing the shift in position.

Labour sources later clarified their position. Speaking to DefenceManagement, a spokesperson said: "The idea that Labour is moving away from Trident is false.

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Trident has been the UK's nuclear deterrent since 1994

"[Labour] will not compromise on having a credible nuclear deterrent."


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BBC News - Labour 'open' to cheaper Trident alternatives http://t.co/wiTwa8OyB5 am leading review, no conclusions reached yet.

Tonly Blair committed the Labour Party to a like-for-like replacement back in 2006, a stance which has remained since.

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Labour's position on the issue is especially pertinent as a final decision on the future of the deterrent is not due until 2016, a year after the next general election.

A Labour election victory would give them power of veto over any decisions made before then.


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Re FT today. Labour will retain credible independent nuclear deterrent.Wl judge policy on capability and cost. Plus strong multilateralism.

Labour is far from united on the issue.

Des Browne, former Labour defence secretary said the deterrent places should be reconsidered "given the range of challenges before us and the limited resources at our disposal".

Conversely, Labour Lord West said Trident is "too important to get wrong".

Trident currently operates with four Vanguard-class submarines. A like-for-like replacement will cost around £25bilion and is the stated preference of the Conservatives.

Other options could involve scaling back the size of Trident to three or even just two submarines.

Critics of Trident argue it is not relavent to the geo-political realties currently faced by the UK.

Recent public opinion polls found that 63% would scrap Trident in order to help pay off the deficit and only 22% support a like-for-like replacement.

It’s A Trap! Labour Hope To Split Coalition With Mansion Tax Vote

The Labour Party has set a trap for the Lib Dems, they know it and may be willing to fall in.

Next week the House of Commons will vote on whether there should be a 'Mansion Tax' - a levy placed on homes worth over £2m designed to bring "fairness" to the tax system. It is a signature Lib Dem policy that the deputy prime minister has thus far been unable to convince George Osborne to include in his Budgets.

Always keen to cause mischief by exposing splits in the coalition, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls decided to borrow the policy and then use an Opposition Day debate in the Commons to put it to a, purely symbolic, vote on Tuesday. The scamps.

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Chris Leslie MP, Labour's shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, said the vote was "a chance for the Liberal Democrats to finally vote for something that was in their manifesto".

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“That this House believes that a mansion tax on properties worth over £2million, to fund a tax cut for millions of people on middle and low incomes, should be part of a fair tax system and calls on the Government to bring forward proposals at the earliest opportunity”.

The vote is win-win for Labour. Should the Lib Dems decide to make a stand and support the motion, which after all was their policy in the first place, Miliband can claim to have split the coalition on a hugely symbolic issue.

But if the junior coalition partner decides to stick with the Tories and vote down the motion, it allows Labour to attack them for abandoning their principles.

It is not a problem lost on the Lib Dem leadership. Tim Farron, the party president, said in an interview with The House magazine on Thursday he had yet to make up his mind. "They’ve [Labour] been opportunistic, they’ve been mischievous. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider it as an opportunity," he said.

Business secretary Vince Cable, who has vocally advocated for a Mansion Tax both inside cabinet and in public, has said he would not rule out voting with Labour.

And ahead of the Eastleigh by-election, Nick Clegg said David Cameron was "stuck in the past" in his opposition to a Mansion Tax.

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George Osborne claimed Labour didn't 'understand aspiration' in the UK

But Osborne said the coalition government's policy of raising the income tax threshold was a fairer way of helping the low paid and claimed Labour's "mansion tax" would end up being extended to more modest properties.

He told ITV's The Agenda: "It's very costly to implement. It means you have to send inspectors round the country valuing all the homes - not just the homes worth over £2m but those worth less."

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"So either it's a tax con and the money comes from somewhere else or it's soon a homes tax and they say it's a mansion tax before the election and then very quickly (it) becomes a homes tax on many people who are not living in mansions at all."

Osborne claimed that "the inspectors get their foot in the door" and then "after the election suddenly it's everyone's homes that are potentially a target and Labour will have created a new tax".

The chancellor added: "It's just another thing that proves that I don't think they understand aspiration in this country."

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He said: "In a time like this you expect the rich to pay more and actually we are forcing the rich to pay more and indeed cracking down on those who don't pay their taxes but fairness is also about having a system where people who work hard and get on can get on in our society, fairness is about a welfare system that doesn't pay for people to stay at home.

"Fairness is quite a broad concept and people feel the system's unfair but I don't think this kind of tax con is a solution to that."

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats back a mansion tax, also rejected Miliband's proposals as a "pale imitation" of his own party's policies.

Miliband hopes to split the coalition with a Commons vote forcing the Lib Dems to choose between backing a mansion tax or maintaining unity with the Tories.

But in a keynote speech in the City of London Clegg said: "All we've got from Ed Miliband last week is some blatant plagiarism of Liberal Democrat ideas and still no remorse for the biggest economic meltdown in modern times.

"Labour cannot be taken seriously until its leaders apologise for the economic mess they created, apologise for the unfair tax system they left behind, and apologise for letting tax avoidance rip."

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"The Lib Dems are cutting taxes for millionaires while millions of families are asked to pay more, seeing their living standards decline, wages failing to keep pace with inflation and cuts to their tax credits.

"Labour will vote in Parliament for a mansion tax. In government Labour wants to use this to pay for a reinstated 10p tax rate for low and middle earners.

"Nobody will take a word Nick Clegg says seriously as long as Lib Dems continue back this Tory-led government with all its unfairness and failing economic policies."

Shadow Treasury financial secretary Chris Leslie said: "It's laughable for George Osborne to claim his policies are fair when he's giving a huge tax cut to millionaires while forcing millions on middle and low incomes to pay more.

"Labour wants action now to kick-start our flatlining economy and help people struggling with the rising cost of living.

"George Osborne should back Labour's plan for a new lower 10p rate of tax paid for by a mansion tax on homes worth over £2m. This would be fair, help 25m working people on middle and low incomes and boost spending power in the economy."

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Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle

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The list includes shadow ministers Tony Cunningham, Stephen Pound and Rob Flello, and more Labour MPs are expected to abstain.

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Nonetheless, there is discord even in the Liberal Democrat ranks. Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle has made no secret of his opposition to the plans, telling his local newspaper: “I will vote against gay marriage. Civil partnerships are fine. Gay marriage is just not on.”

Southport MP John Pugh is also against the proposals, on the grounds that the law change "weakens the link between marriage and the family."

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Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle

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David Cameron is facing a challenge to hold his party together as battle lines are drawn over Europe.

With just over a week until the Prime Minister's key speech on Britain's relationship with the EU, Tory Europhiles have launched a fight-back against demands for an in-out referendum.

Cabinet minister Ken Clarke will share a platform with Labour peer Lord Mandelson later this month to stress the benefits of remaining in the union.

The move comes after fellow Conservative Lord Heseltine warned that the economy would suffer if Mr Cameron took a "punt" and committed to a national poll on membership.

Around 20 Tory MPs have also apparently signed a letter, due to be published this week, warning of "massive damage" if the UK leaves the EU.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, told Sky's Murnaghan show that he, Mr Cameron and many other MPs were in agreement on the EU's importance to Britain.

The Lib Dem said the idea of isolating Britain from Europe was "just mad". "That would be completely the wrong thing," he said.

"In the end it is our national interest, our national interest in terms of our economy and jobs and society that has to come first in any approach."

Labour leader Ed Miliband on Sunday criticised Mr Cameron's handling of the situation as "incredibly dangerous", and he ruled out promising a referendum before the future shape of the EU was clear.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I think he is essentially sleepwalking us towards the exit door of the EU.

"The last thing we should do is start saying for some date five, six, seven years hence, let's decide now to have an in-out referendum."

Mr Miliband went on: "As Michael Heseltine said very well ... that means you are having a referendum on a negotiation that has not yet begun, with a timescale that is uncertain and an outcome that is unknown. That is an incredible gamble.

"We know why this is happening. (Mr Cameron) is worried about the threat from UKIP and he is worried about what is happening in his own party."

Rumours have been circulating that Downing Street has given tacit approval to efforts to highlight the dangers of an exit.

In an unusual intervention last week, senior US diplomat Philip Gordon openly stated that America wanted Britain to remain in the EU.

Prominent business figures including Sir Richard Branson have also spoken out about the potentially dire consequences of severing ties.

Tory backbencher Robert Buckland, who has organised the pro-membership letter, said he had been informed that Number 10 regarded his efforts as "helpful".

"There is a silent majority out there who do not want Britain to leave the EU," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"The danger for the Tories is that because the right-wing Eurosceptics are making the most noise, we could slide towards the exit door of the EU."

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