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Sunny Hundal is a journalist and commentator, and the social media editor at openDemocracy.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sanctuary and refuge cities

At Fearless Cities –  we catch up with the Coordinator of the Refuge City Plan of Barcelona City Council, and two fellow panellists, activists from Berlin, Germany and Philadelphia, USA.

Investigation launched into the 'secret world' of how millionaires used Facebook and other data to push Brexit

The ICO has launched an investigation into how voters were targeted during the EU Referendum. Many say this is long overdue look at a "secret world"

A millionaire is planning to spend around £700,000 to target pro-Remain MPs at the election

A top donor to the Brexit cause is now planning to flood constituencies across the UK with his money

The debate the media won't have: government snooping made NHS hacking easier

Even Microsoft now admits that government snooping has made it much easier for hackers.

How a Tory Mayor spent nearly £1m on his election by bypassing spending limits

How did a Tory candidate for Mayor in a tight election get away by spending over 5 times the limit imposed?

Why Conservative candidates avoided charges despite breaking rules of over-spending at the last election

The CPS decision not to press charges for Tory over-spending in 2015 illustrates the mess our election laws are in

How Theresa May is getting around election spending limits with big newspaper ads

By running local newspaper ads focusing on her message, Theresa May is getting around local spending limits for the upcoming general election

How a Tory 'cash crunch' in this election will push them further into the arms of hardliners

The Tories are facing a cash-crunch over the election, making it more likely hardliners will fund it. And that should worry all of us

Labour MPs must weaponise Hard Brexit for any chance of defeating the Tories

To have a fighting chance, Labour MPs should ignore Corbyn and go after May's Achilles heel: Remain voters.

Lord Leveson was right to ignore the internet in his report

Only one page out of two thousand was dedicated to online media in Leveson's report on the British press. The editor of the most popular left-wing blog in Britain explains why he thinks this was the right approach.

The two challenges that could make or break #occupyLondon

Will the activists who tried to occupy the London Stock exchange be part of the start of a revolutionary movement?

Media reform in the UK

In the wake of the phone hacking scandal, ourKingdom launches a joint initiative to debate the critical issues surrounding the future of the British media.

Climate Rush risk arrest on train fares protest

Direct action group Climate Rush became 'unfair fare dodgers' last Saturday, to highlight ever increasing rail fares. The line they took, from London to Canterbury, has been hit by the highest fare hike in the country, and the fifty-seven protesters drew attention to this fact by paying just £7.40 instead of the full £27.40.

42 days is dead

Sunny Hundal (London, Liberal Conspiracy): I have a strong feeling that the government’s plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days, which we’ve been running a campaign against, is dead in the water.

There are two reasons for my optimism.

The 42 days vote is the next big vote for the government. Having gotten a bloody nose over the 10p tax, I doubt Brown will risk another one given all the speculation around his leadership. Labour backbench ministers are looking to give Brown a bloody nose anyway and his weakened authority now makes it easier for them.

There is also a chance that New Labour will now look to appeal to its core liberal-left constituency, which has been increasingly disheartened by the party’s authoritarian tendencies of late. It has no one else to appeal to, it certainly isn’t going to appeal to Telegraph voters - why not at least the Guardian ones?

Multiculturalism and citizenship: responses to Tariq Modood

Tariq Modood’s new book and openDemocracy essay argues that a developed multiculturalism can incorporate the recent focus on Muslim experience and national identity to enrich democratic citizenship. openDemocracy writers engage with his approach.
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