Applications to join the YCL surge following Corbyn’s suspension from Labour

Today, Labour announced that former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has been suspended from the party. Despite resigning as leader nearly a year ago, Corbyn was finally hounded out of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) today following the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into Antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Lockdown chaos for Greater Manchester

Across England, different areas are going into local lockdowns according to the Government’s new tiered alert system which ranks areas according to medium (1), high (2) and very high (3) risk. Greater Manchester looked poised to join Liverpool in Tier 3 this week

SNP MP suspended after failing to self-isolate

Margaret Ferrier, SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, has been suspended by her party after she traveled to London, from her constituency whilst waiting for the results of a Coronavirus test. After arriving in London, her test was returned positive. Instead of self-isolating in her London residence, she again flouted the rules and traveledContinue reading “SNP MP suspended after failing to self-isolate”

Covid-19 outbreaks across university campuses

Over the weekend, it was announced that students in Scotland and in Manchester were to be placed under further restrictions following significant outbreaks of Covid-19. In Manchester, 127 students have tested positive for the virus, while around 1,700 university students have been told to self-isolate.

Scottish Labour in latest sabotage crisis

This week, Scottish Labour was plunged into yet another crisis as Scottish shadow cabinet members James Kelly and Jenny Marra resigned and called on leader, Richard Leonard, to resign. Seen as the last key figure of the Corbyn movement still in office, many so-called moderates in the Party are keen for him to go. LeonardContinue reading “Scottish Labour in latest sabotage crisis”

Job losses reach new high

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have shown the number of people in work decreased by 220,000 between April and June. The largest quarterly drop since the height of the financial crisis in 2009. As with the crisis then, young workers are expected to be hit hardest. Morgan Horn, industrial officerContinue reading “Job losses reach new high”

The Gendered Impact of COVID-19

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis taking place across the world is producing some of the most significant upheavals the world has seen since the Second World War. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was first admitted to hospital with the Virus on the 5thof April. His battle with the illness prompted a wave of sympathy, with commentators sending niceties, positing that this highlighted that the Coronavirus can and does affect us all. “We are all in this together”, as Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, argued, and while it is clear that the Coronavirus is affecting us all, it is important to highlight that it is not affecting us all equally. There are obvious class differences in how people are able to cope amid the government lockdown. However, there are also key gender differences, and as usual women are bearing the brunt of both the economic repercussions of the lockdown, and are put at greater risk of infection.