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Why did Labour abandon its plan to elect a female deputy leader?

Until this morning, Labour was set to create the new post of female co-deputy leader. The move, which was approved by the party’s National Executive Committee on Saturday, was widely interpreted as an attempt to further marginalise Tom Watson, the existing deputy (who has clashed with ...

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Kavanaugh confirmation looking shaky for Republicans as new accuser comes forward

Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh is facing renewed calls for an FBI investigation into his past behaviour after a second woman came forward on Sunday to accuse him of alleged sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale university.

Senate Democrats, led by Minority ...

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Concerts, box sets and popstars: how video game soundtracks went mainstream

The Super Mario Bros. music drilled its way into our collective consciousness, but did you rush out to buy the soundtrack? Or feel compelled to hear it recreated by an orchestra? The answer is probably no. So why are tons of adults doing just that with game scores new and old?

Gamers ...

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What a short seller looks for in a stock – and what to short now

Traditional funds and investment trusts tend to have most of their assets in equities. However, some “absolute return” funds take a different approach.

Some swap between shares and less risky assets such as bonds or cash, in an attempt to  sidestep market downturns. Another approach ...

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Labour abandons plan to elect female deputy leader

Until this morning, Labour was set to create the new post of female co-deputy leader. The move, which was approved by the party’s National Executive Committee on Saturday, was widely interpreted as an attempt to further marginalise Tom Watson, the existing deputy (who has clashed with ...

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We’ve just seen the biggest merger deal in gold mining history

This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can ...

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Will Labour run in Northern Ireland?

Len McCluskey’s appearances on the Labour conference fringe will generate plenty of headlines over the next few days. But one potentially consequential statement the Unite general secretary made this afternoon has passed by largely unnoticed.

Speaking at a fringe event hosted by the ...

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“Off-rolling” shows a dark side of the schools market. Labour is right to want to fight it

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner’s proposals to tackle the problem of “off-rolling” in England’s secondary schools feels like a small but significant moment for the Labour Party, and helps build a wider sense of what the party”s National Education Service might look like in ...

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Why is Labour’s welfare policy such a mess?

Why is Labour’s welfare policy such a mess? The party’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, has today announced a year-long review into the government’s troubled universal credit programme in an interview with the Mirror. The interview is part of a wider “reset” ...

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As Brexit becomes harder for the government to manage, it will only get easier for Labour

One of the many illuminating anecdotes in Yes to Europe, Robert Saunders' brilliant history of the 1975 referendum campaign, concerns Jim Callaghan's first meeting with his top civil servant at the Foreign Office in 1974. 

“I hear you really care about Europe,”  he said, ...

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Angela Rayner’s academies plan is sound policy that will leave the grassroots unsatisfied

Labour’s existential crisis over school structures is almost as old as the academies movement itself. Invented by the Blair government as a solution for failing schools that needed something other than the medicine offered by ailing local authorities to improve, academies have gone from ...

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Angela Rayner’s academies plan is sound policy, but likely won’t satisfy the grassroots

Labour’s existential crisis over school structures is almost as old as the academies movement itself. Invented by the Blair government as a solution for failing schools that needed something other than the medicine offered by ailing local authorities to improve, academies have gone from ...

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Women's Football France Football launches Women's Ballon d'Or award

A WOMAN will win the most prestigious individual trophy in football for the first time this year.

Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d’Or for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man on December 3 in ...

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“Slaveroo”: How riders are standing up to Uber, Deliveroo and the gig economy

“Slaveroo” is how one courier described the food delivery company Deliveroo, during the first ever international gathering of riders working for apps – at a fairy-lit brick building down a side street in Liverpool city centre.

Riders from Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, ...

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Is Rod Rosenstein resigning or about to be fired? Media chaos as reports conflict

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official who appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to head the Russia investigation, has resigned, according to Axios, potentially imperilling the investigation at a crucial political moment. Or has he?

Rosenstein verbally offered his ...

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French left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “Jeremy Corbyn is unique in Europe”

In France, as in so much of Europe, the traditional centre left has collapsed. The once formidable Socialist Party appears in irretrievable decline after the worst election result in its history in 2017 (its presidential candidate Benoît Hamon finished fifth with just six per cent of the ...

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The Back Half #31: King of Thieves, The Clock and But I'm A Cheerleader

On this episode of The Back Half, Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the British heist film King of Thieves and Christian Marclay's The Clock installation at Tate Modern and celebrate the noniversary of the 1999 film But I'm A Cheerleader.

Listen on iTunes here, on Acast here or ...

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Militant was ideologically narrow – but it offered hope to a city in need

Even for a party conference that rarely fails to surprise, the eulogy to Militant in Liverpool offered by Labour’s Dawn Butler was somewhat startling. Many within the party were content that their main conference memory of Liverpool’s Militant council remained Neil Kinnock’s 1985 ...

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John McDonnell’s challenge: how do you make labour market reform sexy?

How do you make labour market reform sexy? That’s essentially the challenge that John McDonnell and his team are trying to resolve with their policy to make British-domiciled companies pay a dividend to their workers (capped at £500). The actually significant policy change isn’t the ...

yesterday 13:59 open_in_new
Value stocks or momentum stocks? Why not both?

Open your Isa account and take a quick look at the funds you hold. How many of them are value plays? How many of them are momentum funds? How many are fully focused on small-caps? Almost none? If so, your portfolio might not be anywhere near as good as it could be.

Look to the past ...

yesterday 13:08 open_in_new
On the train to Uttoxeter, to have a look at Sting and Trudie’s dining table

I don’t get much mail from the antiques trade, so I opened the message from the provincial auction house announcing the sale of Sting and Trudie’s dining table.

“For fans of the gilded couple,” the message said, “this dining table would be a very interesting talking ...

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