Juncker must show he’s serious about tackling tax avoidance

notaxhavensMuch of the daily drip of revelations about European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘intensely relaxed’ approach to corporate tax dodging is hardly surprising. The question is whether we can use it to force Mr Juncker – whose intimate relationship with …

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Osborne fails to overturn bankers’ bonus cap

First published by the Lincolnshire Echo, December 2014:

cameron-osborneIn recent weeks, George Osborne admitted defeat in his mission to keep limitless bonuses for top bankers in the City of London. Five years on from the financial crash, the average wage …

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EU must continue work to restore Peak District moors

Peak District moorlandNow that funding for a brilliant project restoring natural peat moors in the East Midlands is coming to an end, I want the EU to continue its commitment to this unique natural habitat.

The Peak District is a stunningly beautiful …

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Running out of time to help young people

The UK Job CentreGovernment’s Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty published its final annual report yesterday. While noting some successes, it makes for grim reading, especially for our nation’s young people.

Speaking in advance of the publication at the weekend, …

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act would be a step backwards for the UK

EEC Human Rights ConventionThe Conservatives announced at their conference last week that they want to get rid of the Human Rights Act and make up their own. This is a politically driven move that ignores the importance of human rights in protecting citizens …

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EU must act to give young people a future

Low Paid Young PeopleRecent figures released by the Resolution Foundation show that young people in the UK are increasingly stuck in low-paid jobs, often on temporary contracts that offer no security and few prospects for the future.

29% of workers aged 21-30 are …

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Tackling LGBTI discrimination in healthcare

Gay couple enjoying summerLesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people sadly still face discrimination in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. We know the problems that remain with bullying in schools, discrimination in the workplace, and violent homophobic and transphobic attacks. What we …

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We must deliver decent water and sanitation for all

With less than six months to go until the end of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, access to decent water and sanitation for all is still a distant prospect.

Back in 2000, Britain joined many other developed countries …

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Sun, sea and safeguards: Your EU rights on holiday

family featuredWe all know what a welcome break a holiday can be, but also what nightmares it can cause if things don’t go to plan. From flight cancellations to medical emergencies, so many things can threaten your trip abroad. Luckily there’s …

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