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Woodhouse Weekly Pick of the Papers (11/11/13 – 17/11/13)

Pick of The Papers (11.11.13-17.11.13)

 Woodhouse’ weekly pick of the papers is devoted to keeping A level politics students up to date with the political news and on track with the Unit 1 and Unit 2 syllabus.

1. Labour Six Points ahead in new poll

Source: The Independent

Politics Topic: Unit 1 Elections, Parties and Democracy/ Unit 2 PM and Cabinet

Summary: In a new poll Labour are ahead of the Tories by six clear points, yet 53% of voters cannot imagine Labour Leader Miliband as Prime Minister. Trust in Ed Balls and Miliband is at its lowest despite pledge of 20 month freeze in energy bills. Although, the Conservatives have fallen by three points 27% of voters trust Cameron and Osbourne to “make the right decisions about the economy” and 44 per cent say they “expect the UK economy will improve next year”.

ALevelPolitics Help: Click for the Shadow Cabinet role in Government OR Info on Cameron’s Labour “20 month Freeze” panic

 

2. David Cameron orders inquiry into trade union tactics

Grangemouth

Source: The Guardian

Politics Topic: Party Policies and Ideas

Summary: Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the tactics of trade unions due to the consequence of an industrial dispute which almost led to the closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland. However, a Unite spokesman said: “This review is a sorry attempt by the coalition to divert attention from the cost of living crisis. Vince Cable may not have noticed but the Grangemouth dispute has been settled. This review is nothing more than a Tory election stunt which no trade unionist will collaborate with.” There is no question that Cameron has mentioned the issue with Labours’s position towards the Falkirk investigations – check the link below for further information.

ALevelPolitics Help: The Falkirk situation explained

 

3. Clegg calls for £1bn income tax giveaway by 2015

Source: The Times

Politics Topic: Party Policies and Ideas

Summary: Clegg is calling out his coalition partners to give some money back to ‘the UK Economy’. The Deputy Prime Minister said that he was pressing his Conservative colleagues to agree to a £1 billion tax giveaway before the next general election and called for a further increase in the threshold for tax-free earnings, a move that would allow most workers to keep an extra £100 a year. He said he believed that a further increase in the personal allowance could be funded by a levy – such as a “mansion tax” on the very wealthiest however, the Conservatives are very much opposed to the idea.

 

4. Labour are cowards for racking up billions in debt, says Ken Livingstone

Source: The Telegraph

Politics Topic: Parties Policies and Ideas

Summary: The former Mayor of London criticises Labour for spending billions to avoid tax and spending cuts in the boom years and the article speaks of the repercussions of the £157 billion deficit, the Brown government left politicians to clear up. Conservative party Chairman Grant Shapps questions Miliband and Labour’s “addiction to borrowing”.

 

5. Northerners hate David Cameron but love his policies. UKIP will reap the rewards

Source: The Telegraph

Politics Topic: Party Policies and Ideas

Summary: David Cameron is hated in the North of England but his policies are agreed on there. Farage is going to reap the rewards. 72 per cent of Northerners think that the Conservatives do not understand their area well; 64 per cent think people from their part of the country are not well represented amongst the Tory leadership; 39 per cent say they would never vote Conservative. A quarter say they don’t know a single person who votes Tory whereas 50 per cent more Northerners think Ukip understands the North than think that the Conservatives do. Will the Northerners vote UKIP?

ALevelPolitics Help: Check out the UKIP article 

 

6. Apathy? Alienation? How ‘disengaged’ four in ten voters reject ALL parties

Source: The Independent

Politics Topic: Democracy and Participation/Elections

Summary: Watchdog findings pose worrying questions about future of democracy in Britain. Young adults are even more “disengaged”  from the party system, with 46 per cent of under-30s saying “none of the above” when presented with a list of the parties. Plenty of statistics and quotes to use for Unit 1 democracy and elections.

ALevelPolitics Help: Click for information on Apathy, Disengagement and General Election turnouts (Russell Brand Vs Jeremy Paxman)

 

 

 

Who’s Who – The Shadow Cabinet

Who’s Who – Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Cabinet consists of only Labour MPs. It is the Shadow Cabinet’s job to criticise and challenge the policies and actions of the leading government, including the likes of Tory Prime Minister David Cameron. Here’s a list of the members and their roles. Why not check the links for recent news updates, it may just help you to learn about their past history and present position in politics…

 

David Miliband MP (Labour)

Role: Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party.

Education: Studied PPE at Oxford and at the London School of Economics.

Political Career: Elected MP for Doncaster North since 2005. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2008 to 2010.  Leader of the Labour Party since 2010 having won against his brother.

Extra Information: Click for the Miliband fact file 


Harriet Harman MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Education: Studied Politics at the University of York.

Political Career: Elected MP for for Camberwell and Peckham in 1982. She was Secretary of State for Social Security and was Minister of State in the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Also she was Leader of the House of Commons in Brown’s Cabinet.

Extra Information: Click for Harman’s Background and history in politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Balls MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Education:Studied PPE at Oxford as well as Harvard in Economics.

Political Career: Elected MP for Morley and Outwood, West Yorkshire in 2005. He was the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2005 to 2010.

Extra Information: Click for Ed Ball’s in the NEWS

 

Douglas Alexander MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chair of General Election Strategy.

Education: Studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Edinburgh

Political Career: Elected MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South in 1997. He was Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State of Scotland from 2006 to 2007. He then became Secretary of State for International Development from 2007 to 2010.

Extra Information: Alexander in the NEWS

 

Yvette Cooper MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Home Secretary

Education: Studied PPE at Oxford and studied at Harvard.

Political Career: Elected MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford  in 1997. She was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2008 and then became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Extra Information: Cooper News Update

 

Sadiq Khan MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London.

Education: Studied Law at the University of North London

Political Career: Elected MP for Tooting in 2005. He was Minister of State for Transport in 2005 before becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Transport in 2010.

Extra Information: Who is Sadiq Khan?

 

Andy Burnham MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

Education: Studied English at Cambridge.

Political Career: Elected MP for Leigh since 2001. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2007 before he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in 2008 and then became Secretary of State for Health in 2009.

Extra Information: What’s Burnham saying about health?

 

Chuka Umunna MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Business, innovation and Skills.

Education: Studied Law at the University of Manchester.

Political Career: Elected MP for Streatham in 2010.

Extra Information: More background on Umunna 

 

Rachel Reeves MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Education: Studied PPE at Oxford.

Political Career: Elected MP for Leeds in 2010. Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2011.

Extra Information: Recent news and background history

 

Tristram Hunt MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

Education: Studied History at Cambridge.

Political Career: Elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent central in 2010.

Extra Information: Check Hunt’s profile for recent stories in the news

 

Vernon Coaker MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State of Defence.

Education: Studied Politics and Economics at Warwick.

Political Career: Elected MP for Gedling since 1997 (safe seat, evidently).  Minister of State for the Home Office from 2008 to 2009 before becoming Minister of State for Schools and Learning between 2009 and 2010.

Extra Information: Wiki

 

Hilary Benn MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Education: Studied Eastern European Studies and Russia at University of Sussex.

Political Career: Elected MP in 1999. Secretary of State for International Development from 2003 to 2007 as well as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs.

Extra Information: Benn’s Background

 

Caroline Flint MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Education: Studied American Literature, History and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Political Career: Elected MP in 1997. She was Minister for Public Health  from 2005 to 2007, the Minister for Employment from 2007 to 2008, the Minister for housing and planning in 2008, and as the Minister for Europe from 2008 to 2009. She also became Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Extra Information: Profile and most recent news

 

Mary Creagh MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

Education: Studied Modern Languages at Oxford and European Studies at the London School of Economics.

Political Career: Elected MP in 2005. Appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Extra Information: Creagh’s news updates

 

Ivan Lewis MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Education: Studied at Bury College.

Political Career: Elected MP for in 1997. Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Sports and Media in 2010 and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Extra Information: Lewis in the news

 

Jim Murphy MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Education: Studied Politics and European Law at the University of Strathclyde.

Political Career: Elected MP for Renfrewshire East in 1997. Secretary of State for Scotland in 2008, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence since 2010.

Extra Information: Murphy Update

 

Margeret Curran MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.

Education:  Studied at the University of Strathclyde.

Political Career: Elected MP for Glasgow East in 2010.

Extra Information: Electoral history

 

Maria Eagle MP (Labour)

Role: Shadow secretary of Setae for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Education: Studied  PPE at Oxford.

Political Career: Elected MP for Wallasey since 1997.  Shadow Secretary of State for Transport in 2010.

Extra Information: Recent news and fact file