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8 February 2012

Tory policies hit women hardest

Louise Mensch, a rich, privileged Tory MP, is trying desperately to reinvent her party as supporters of feminism, writes Helen Ridett.

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7 September 2011

Reject health bill attacks on abortion

The last couple of weeks has seen to-ing and fro-ing from all wings of the political establishment over Nadine Dorries and Frank Field's amendment to the Health and Social Care bill, writes Sarah Wrack.

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31 August 2011

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Mea Culpa: US investor Warren Buffett has ruffled the feathers of his fellow billionaires by demanding they pay more taxes...

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6 July 2011

Time to defend abortion rights... again

The 1967 Abortion Act legalised abortion in Britain and went a long way in freeing working class women from dangerous and often deadly 'backstreet' abortion techniques - but not in Northern Ireland where the act has never been implemented, writes Shona McCulloch, Brighton Socialist Party.

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Picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion meeting 6 February 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion meeting 6 February 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

1 June 2011

New attacks on women's sexual and reproductive rights

Women's sexual and reproductive rights have taken quite a beating in recent weeks. The latest assault comes at the hands of Tory MP and education minister Michael Gove, writes Beth Granter.

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27 April 2011

News in brief

Torture camp: The latest tranche of WikiLeaks documents covering prisoners at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reveals what has long been suspected, ie that many of those incarcerated were completely innocent people, not terrorists...

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5 April 2011

Austria: Success In Defending Women's Right To Abortion

AN IMPORTANT case in defending women's right to abortion was won on 10 July at the end of a lower court trial, writes Claudia Sorger, Socialist Left Party, Austria.

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30 June 2010

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Oil plans: WITH BP's oil spill disaster continuing to pollute the Gulf of Mexico, executives of the big five oil companies - BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell - recently appeared in front of a US Congressional hearing to defend their oil spill response plans...

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21 April 2010

Cameron turns back clock on women's rights

DAVID CAMERON'S comments on abortion last week underlined the danger of increased attacks on women's rights if the Tories win the general election...

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24 March 2010

Obama's neutered health bill limps through

AFTER MUCH horse trading Barack Obama's heavily diluted healthcare bill was passed by the US House of Rep-resentatives by 219 to 212 votes...

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26 November 2008

Defend abortion rights

Protesting outside parliament in October 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Protesting outside parliament in October 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

The 1967 Abortion Act made abortion legal and safe and available on the NHS. It was an important reform won by women demanding the right to have control over their own bodies, writes Elaine Brunskill, Socialist Party national committee.

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22 October 2008

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Hard as rock: Faced with escalating house repossessions, the government is now urging banks to be lenient on people falling behind with their mortgage payments...

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15 October 2008

Defend and extend abortion rights

Around 300 women and trade unionists attended a meeting last week in parliament in defence of abortion rights and a woman's right to choose organised by Abortion Rights (AR)...

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28 May 2008

Women welcome abortion rights victory: Now fight to extend rights

THE VARIOUS attempts to restrict rights to abortion, via amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill, ended in defeat on 20 May as MPs voted to keep the status quo, writes Eleanor Donne.

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14 May 2008

Defend and extend abortion rights

No reduction in the time limit, End the two-doctor rule: On 20 May Tory MP Nadine Dorries intends to move an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to cut the current upper limit for abortion from 24 to 20 weeks, writes Eleanor Donne, Basildon Socialist Party.

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14 May 2008

Ladyfest: culture, politics and women

From 9-11 May Camden in London saw visitors from all over Britain, but also from other parts of the world...

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7 May 2008

'Raising the roof' at Usdaw conference

Shopworkers' union Usdaw's annual conference took place against the background of the credit crunch crises and just before Labour's election debacle, writes Robbie Segal, delegate, personal capacity.

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7 May 2008

Defend abortion rights

TORY MP Nadine Dorries has launched a campaign to reduce the upper limit on the time of abortions from the current 24-week limit to 20 weeks, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

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19 March 2008

Building a campaigning, fighting socialist party

Informed by discussions on likely political developments, worldwide and in Britain, the Socialist Party congress also examined what these mean for us organisationally in the session on 'building the Socialist party', writes Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party secretary

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4 March 2008

Fight for a woman's right to choose

International women's day: Hypocrisy is not the word for it! The Guardian reported that Tory leader David Cameron pledged to give a third of jobs in his first government to women...

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