The John McDonnell column in Labour Briefing: UKIP nothing but the same old story

The John McDonnell Column

The media are in a frenzy over the electoral rise of UKIP. But why are people surprised at all about the emergence and performance of UKIP?

It falls to the left to help explain that the rise of UKIP is extremely predictable.

After weeks of canvassing you find that you need a simple doorstep response to those people who say they’re thinking of voting UKIP. We must put this explanation into readily understandable terms so people have a very straightforward narrative to support and repeat.

It goes like this.

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Hayes MP leads calls in Parliament to save BBC Three

Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell has called on the BBC to keep their BBC Three channel.

The Labour MP yesterday (Tuesday) tabled an early day motion (EDM) urging the BBC to scrap the proposal, which will save the corporation £50million. The move was announced earlier this month.

The motion notes that the channel has spawned hugely popular series such as Little Britain and Gavin Stacey, and outlines concerns that the move follows job cuts as a result of a freeze in the licence fee, and could result in further redundancies.

It calls on the BBC to "commit to an uprating of the TV licence by at least the rate of inflation in order to ensure that quality diverse public service broadcasting that plays an enormous role in the broader creative industry can continue to flourish."

EDMs is a request for a debate on a single issue, but they rarely make it to discussion in the House of Commons.

BBC Three will be moved to the online iPlayer service in autumn 2015, and its budget slashed from £85m to £25m, of which £30m will be invested in drama on BBC One.

It will be the first TV channel to be decommissioned in the BBC's history.

BBC Three has been on our screens in February 2003, and has the biggest market share of 16 to 34-year-olds in the UK.

Uxbridge Gazette March 12 2014

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Bow Crow showed that trade unions - managed well - could be just as effective today as they ever were

People joined the RMT  because they knew that Bob Crow would never shy away from a fight on their behalf

Bob Crow’s death has come as a shattering blow to the RMT, the whole of the trade union movement and to the many progressive causes he supported.

Loved by his members and respected across the transport industry, Bob’s most significant role was to demonstrate by example to every trade union member that the trade union movement could be as effective today in securing better pay and conditions of employment as at any time in its history.

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MP John McDonnell urges India to end the death penalty: The Independent , Thursday 28 February 2013

The British Government should use "every mechanism of communication" to urge India to end the death penalty, a Labour MP has said.

John McDonnell said Britain was "uniquely placed" with its shared history with India to urge its government to halt executions and sign up to the UN Convention opposing the death penalty.

Introducing a backbench business Commons debate on the Kesri Lehar petition to abolish the death penalty in India, the MP for Hayes and Harlington paid tribute to the campaigners, many of whom sat watching the debate in the public gallery.


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New statesman interview

John McDonnell interview: how Labour is moving to the left

The leader of the Labour left on why his job is to make issues "safe" for Ed Miliband and why the party will be "forced to look at more radical options".

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John McDonnell at the House of Commons

John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) (Lab): Whatever one’s view of the past, there are worrying signs that the bonus culture is returning to the City, with large payouts, share distributions and high dividend payments disguising what were formerly bonuses.

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Eye surgery

John McDonnell MP: Action needed to regulate laser eye surgery

John McDonnell explains how his 10 Minute Rule Bill today will prompt the Government to regulate the Laser Eye Surgery industry in the UK.

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