Tory cuts are directly to blame for the NHS crisis – Fix It Now

With the NHS facing the biggest financial squeeze in its history — and as a result staff vacancies reaching 100,000 — we are all facing the consequences of the Tories’ failure when it comes to the NHS, making a major demonstration this Saturday for #OurNHS all the more important.

Theresa May recently boasted that the NHS was the best prepared it’s ever been – but as the winter crisis continues, staff and users alike know that this is yet another shocking example of Tory neglect and complacency.…
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Fifteen years on from the Iraq war, we need Jeremy for PM

February marks 15 years since Jeremy Corbyn was among leaders of our biggest ever anti-war demonstration. Now we need him to lead an anti-war government, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

THERE is little doubt that we live in challenging times, whether that be the permanent circus of reaction that is the Trump US presidency or the debates around Brexit and the future of the British economy and our role in the world.…
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The NHS crisis stems from Conservative neglect

Despite what some Tories say a proper funding of healthcare is possible. Germany, for example, spends £23 billion more than Britain on its health service every year. Only a Labour government can rescue the NHS, argues KEN LIVINGSTONE.

THERESA MAY’S boast that the NHS was the best prepared it’s ever been was totally discredited by this week’s NHS England stats which revealed the true and shocking scale of the NHS winter crisis, confirming the worst fears of patients and staff.…
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The Tories have pushed one in five Britons into poverty

The UK Poverty 2017 report highlights that overall 14 million people live in poverty in Britain — over 20 per cent of the population. This spiralling poverty and ever-increasing use of foodbanks show just how out of touch the Tories have become, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

Alongside even the government’s own social mobility commission resigning over the Tories’ failure to act, two different pieces of news illustrated starkly how cuts have consequences and that the longer the Tories’ austerity project goes on the clearer and more widespread these become.…
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It’s time for the Tories to go

Tory failure to address the most pressing needs of the economy and society makes them unfit for office, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

BEHIND the bad jokes, gimmicks and rather meagre “giveaways” in this week’s Budget, the main story was a substantial downgrading of growth forecasts in a situation where economic growth is already currently the lowest it has been since the Tories came into office and the slowest of the major economies in the G7.…
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The empire strikes back

Latin America is under threat from an increasingly aggressive Trump administration, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

FOR decades now, the US has sought to intervene and bring down progressive governments — or indeed just governments that seek to assert their national sovereignty — in Latin America, using a range of methods, from “soft coups” to military coups, from sanctions to blockades, and from international isolation to direct military action.…
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Putting public ownership back on the agenda

Labour will slash energy, water and post bills through public ownership, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

THIS week, Labour outlined how through public ownership — and a commitment to putting people rather than rip-off private profits first — it will slash energy, water and post bills.

This could not be more needed, as the privatisation of key public utilities has seen household bills hiked up to pay for dividend and interest payments while the quality of service has often deteriorated.…
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Britain can no longer afford the Tories

Recent economic reports were a damning indictment of seven years of Tory austerity, writes Ken Livingstone.

Last week’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast evaluation report says it will have to “significantly” lower its estimates for Britain’s productivity, blowing a large hole in Tory plans for the public finances ahead of the government’s November budget.…
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Corbyn’s Labour has the answers

Conference this week showed a rejuvenated party outlining an alternative that can both win for Labour and transform Britain, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

THIS week’s Labour Conference was the best attended, most exciting and most participatory for years. For this alone Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership team deserve great credit.

The highlight of the week for me was Corbyn’s speech.…
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