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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.

The Facebook Election – what's really behind digital 'micro-targeting' is our flawed electoral system

We are right to worry about how much companies and campaigns know when they target us with social media ads

Reimagining India in Britain

The Great India Show covers even science in India. It has been blessed by the two governments. Britain is out on a mission to rediscover India.   

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

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"

Refuse, retract, resist: boycott the schools census

As the British state tries to make a register of foreign-born children, parents should question a liberal trust in government and reject borders in classrooms. An interview with Gargi Bhattacharyya.

Why HSBC’s indirect donations to the Conservatives (and Buzzfeed’s dismissal as a 'conspiracy') matters to our democracy

There are serious questions to ask about the links between HSBC and the leadership of the Conservative party. Dismissing them as conspiracy theories is dangerous for our democracy.

DUP Donaldson can’t remember why his Brexit campaign spent more than £32,000 on controversial data analytics company linked to Trump

Was it a coincidence that different Leave campaign groups used the same obscure Canadian firm? Or was there potentially illegal co-ordination between campaigns?

Democratic Unionist Party Brexit campaign manager admits he didn’t know about its mysterious donor’s links to the Saudi intelligence service

Jeffrey Donaldson MP should have ensured that a £435,000 donation his party accepted came from a legitimate source. Did he?

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

What would true court modernisation look like?

Plans to modernise the courts in England and Wales may change how the justice system looks and feels, but it may not provide the forward thinking justice really needs.

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.

Neighbourhood responses to Brexit challenges

“Taking back control”, they said. If that means being active citizens and active listeners, there may be hope.

#BristolBrexit: a city responds to Brexit

Uncertainty is plaguing the transition to a post-Brexit Britain. Cities can, and must, address it head on in ways that work best for them.

If you're not yet radical, you haven't been paying attention

Raoul Martinez spoke this weekend at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “Beyond Brexit, Labour are offering one of the most progressive manifestos in living memory.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: a reinvigorated politics

Michael Gove spoke this week-end at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “For me, it was primarily about making sure that whoever exercises power over you, is someone that you can throw out.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: the British élitist revolution

Nick Clegg spoke this week-end at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “It is a curiously British élitist revolution and we need to understand what it is.” Keynote speech.

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?

The sticking power of false narrative

Real shifts are staring us in the face — they just tend not to be the ones we so often hear about.

Britain's banks now know that they can keep buying our elections

Let's not forget who it is that pays for Tory party campaigns, and that what they demand in exchange threatens us all.

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

We don't need more police, we need a shift of responsibilities

As services were withdrawn from vulnerable people, the police occupied the gap. Election campaigns should concentrate not on the police budget, but on rebalancing responsibilities.

Can we make our media class less London centric?

It's time the UK reversed the trend toward centralisation and created a media landscape truly reflective of the diversity of our country

How to make the roads safer

As the number of UK cyclists soar, so do death and injury on the roads. These are two simple rules that would reduce accidents and simplify a victim's claim.

The racist attack on Reker Ahmed was rooted in May's asylum policies

To understand the near-fatal attack of Reker Ahmed in Croydon, we need to look at the bigger picture: prime minister Theresa May’s draconian policies and the hostile media. 

Sustainable finance: the divestment approach

How has divestment emerged as the leading response to the financial dimension of climate change, and why is there a need for a more critical and varied response?

What good is finance?

Is it possible for citizens to rein in the financial system and demand that it works in their interests?  

Reclaim Adam Smith

Smith’s warnings about unchecked corporate power backed by the state should be heeded today.

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review.

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

Turkish democracy is deteriorating into authoritarianism, so why is the UK turning a blind-eye?

As Europe is distancing itself from Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime, the UK is getting closer. Is it to sell them even more weapons?

17 plead not guilty over Stansted deportation protest

Defendants contest public order charges arising from protest that stopped a Home Office removal flight.

Theresa May regards television debates an intrusion into Britain’s real democratic process

The Prime Minister has refused to take part in a TV debate. What else will she throw out? Could Prime Minister's Questions be the next accountability casualty?

How we can build the movement for social justice before, during and after this election

We need to be thinking about what happens after June 8th – not just who gets elected but how we can organise our movement for the longer term

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

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