Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Death, on an unassuming street of a West Yorkshire market town, brought the country’s EU Referendum campaign to a searing halt beneath a heavy June sky. A young MP with a rich past behind her and, by all accounts, an even richer future ahead, was assassinated in broad daylight by a man purported to have shouted “Britain first” as he shot her. Jo Cox MP … Continue reading Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Our Party should adopt candidate gender quotas, whether the Colonel Blimps like it or not

  Theresa May has done her best to distance herself from her predecessor. But at least they can agree on one thing: the Conservative Party needs more women, not only in ministerial and Cabinet roles, but in Parliament, full stop. In his leadership election speech of 2005, David Cameron could not have been more explicit: “Nine out of ten Conservative MPs are, like me, white … Continue reading Our Party should adopt candidate gender quotas, whether the Colonel Blimps like it or not

Women Still Make Up Only 32% Of Our Elected Parliamentarians – Jo Cox’s Legacy Will Be To Change That

“Jo had one arm wrapped around your shoulder while the other pushed you forward.” It’s a wonderfully tangible image – one I often find myself conjuring up – of a woman known in equal measure for her empathy and her energy. She was that rare person who could both encourage and empower, a woman whose activism was downright infectious and whose firmly-held values inspired you, … Continue reading Women Still Make Up Only 32% Of Our Elected Parliamentarians – Jo Cox’s Legacy Will Be To Change That

We need to come together to protect our democracy

If we want to protect our democracy in 2019, we must step up the fight against abuse in politics, writes Catherine Anderson In the heart of Westminster, Parliament Square has long been the showcase of British democracy at both its very best, and its very worst. On the day of the government’s historic defeat over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, we saw volunteers coming together under … Continue reading We need to come together to protect our democracy

Jo Cox and The Yorkshire Post helped ensure loneliness is no longer hidden

THE Yorkshire Post and its readers can feel very proud indeed that they have directly shaped an entire policy narrative that has been watched and responded to by millions of people around the world. Moreover, it is a narrative that has resulted in meaningful policy change – something that can be challenging to bring about at the best of times, let alone when the political … Continue reading Jo Cox and The Yorkshire Post helped ensure loneliness is no longer hidden

Violent threats against MPs can, and do, put their lives at risk

“When views and actions cross a line into something altogether uglier we all have to think carefully about what is happening to our country.” Read Catherine’s piece for Metro on the impact words and images can have and how the threat of this culture to our wider democracy and to the future of our democratic debate can’t be ignored. Continue reading Violent threats against MPs can, and do, put their lives at risk