Bob Holman: A Christian Socialist Saint

Bob-Holman-008.jpgIt was sad but not unexpected to hear of the death last week of Bob Holman, lifelong Christian Socialist, and a powerful inspiration to us all.

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Standing in the Rain

Market HallThere was once an indoor city market, full of different traders. Some of the stalls were wildly successful, others less so. The market was run by a committee: each stall got one vote, however much they earned.

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Decriminalisation of Abortion - We must speak up for the voiceless.

Baby in HandsAbortion has hit the headlines again, as Professor Cathy Warwick, chief executive of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has placed the organisation in full support of the ‘We Trust Women’ campaign that is advocating the decriminalisation of abortion. Controversially, the 30,000 midwives who belong to the RCM were not consulted regarding the policy, and some have joined the members of the public in signing the ‘Not In Our Name’ letter, calling on the college to abandon its policy.

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Living in the Love of the Common People


"The opportunity to serve our country - that is all we ask" - John Smith, (13 September 1938 to 12 May 1994)

‘Our task now is to take note of why we lost and build a future for the party. This doesn’t mean adopting the Conservatives’ approach. It means building a vision of the country based on Labour’s values of family, work, fairnessand decency, and rooted in the concerns of the people we represent.’ (1)

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Why Britain Must Remain in the European Union

As a Christian on the left, it is my strong conviction that the UK should remain within the European Union (EU). Inspired by Jesus’ love for everyone, I am committed to contributing to a society that is caring and recognises the rights of each person.

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Abortion is not Social Justice:- A Northern Irish Perspective

Royal College of MidwivesAs the legal limits of women's access to abortions have been questioned again in the media recently, Heather gives her take on the more-restrictive laws in Northern Ireland, and how the Church should respond to the issue.

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Labour and Social Conservatism

Jon Cruddas has published a report this week into why Labour lost in 2015, one of three key lessons is that the ‘desertion of socially conservative voters in England heralds a broader trend of working-class voters’ detachment from Labour’.

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Abortion: Surely we can agree on some things?

baby.jpgProf Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), has been in the news in the last few days, for throwing the RCM’s support behind a campaign by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest abortion provider, to decriminalise abortion right up to full term. 

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The Queen's Speech:- Is prison reform coming at last?

Queen.jpgAs a prison reformer and lover of just justice, I am glad there is a Secretary of State who has their bit between their teeth on prison reform. I’m less delighted by the actual proposals which are not the bold reform a system as broken as ours needs. 

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How did we get to this? Foodbank use remains at record high.

As the use of Foodbank continues to rise, why are people struggling to feed themselves in one of the richest countries on the planet?

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