Fighting talk from Labour rally this week

On Monday 2 September, the Labour Party held a rally at the Lowry in Salford. I’d only received notification of it the night before, but even at such short notice it was an opportunity not to be missed. A snap general election is likely, and Labour is getting their message out while the current government […]

Access to Pride should not be denied to disabled people

Pride in Manchester is becoming a bigger event with each passing year, reflecting the city’s reputation as a diverse and LGBT+ friendly place. But this year’s Pride celebrations were not inclusive for everyone, as some disabled attendees discovered during the weekend’s events. Concerns about event pricing, over-ticketing and poor organisation were raised by many people, […]

Manchester declares a climate emergency: what next?

By Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal: Manchester City Council declared a climate emergency on Wednesday. In following the lead of Parliament, which made history by being the first in the world to declare an emergency on the 1 May 2019, the council add their name to a growing list of public bodies that […]

What should Labour’s immigration policy look like?

What should Labour’s immigration policy look like? Manchester Momentum are hosting an event in Manchester tomorrow evening to interrogate this question. New Labour’s record on immigration is poor. Following Tony Blair’s election in 1997, the Home Office introduced increasingly restrictive policies towards immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Deterrence underpinned a tightening up of the asylum […]

It’s time for Manchester Museum to decolonise

Imagine that news emerged of 18,000 undiscovered historical artefacts relating to Manchester were illegally taken out the country by a museum in North Africa. We can only think what the response in the city would be in such circumstances. Political leaders would demand the return of the stolen goods, public protests would break out and […]

Boycott Puma to stop its sponsorship of the Israeli apartheid regime

Global sportswear manufacturer Puma is involved in violations of international law and human rights, due to its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association (IFA). Puma is the main sponsor of the IFA, which includes teams in Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Manchester Palestine Action demonstrated last Saturday at the Puma department of Sports […]

Bus companies should be forced to provide a fleet that does not harm us

Pascale Robinson from The Better Buses for Greater Manchester campaign argues that re-regulating our bus services would improve our health, environment and economy. Better Buses are putting on a film and Q&A session at Bolton Socialist Club, Friday 22 March, 8 till 10pm. “The public ownership of rail, better control of bus services and investment […]