Labour Party

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The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century, it has been seen since 1920 as the principal party of the Left in England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland.

The current party leader is Jeremy Corbyn.

2017 General Election Manifesto

The 2017 Manifesto can be downloaded from: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017

FullFact manifesto launch factcheck: https://fullfact.org/event/2017/May/16

C4 News FactCheck: https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-the-labour-manifesto

Letter from leader Jeremy Corbyn to Campaign for Science and Engineering: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/resource/letter-labour-jeremy-corbyn-2017.html

Manifesto analysis from the Institute of Fiscal Studies: https://election2017.ifs.org.uk/

Carbon Brief manifesto comparison on climate & energy: https://www.carbonbrief.org/election-2017-what-minfestos-say-energy-climate-change

LSE Centre for Economic Performance climate policy analysis: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/election2017/abstract.asp?index=5455

Open Rights Group manifesto highlights: https://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/General_Election_2017_Party_Manifestos

Universities UK on higher education: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/blog/Pages/Election-2017-what-the-manifestos-say-on-higher-education.aspx

Ars Technica on tech policy: https://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2017/05/labour-manifesto-2017/

BBC Manifesto Guide: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39955886

2015 General Election Manifesto

The 2015 Manifesto can be downloaded from: http://www.labour.org.uk/page/-/BritainCanBeBetter-TheLabourPartyManifesto2015.pdf

FullFact General Election Report: https://fullfact.org/general_election_factcheck-2015-44554

The Conversation Manifesto Check: https://theconversation.com/uk/manifesto-check-2015#labour

Campaign for Science and Engineering analysis: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?page_id=17179

The Royal Society on energy, environment, education, research, innovation: http://blogs.royalsociety.org/in-verba/tag/election2015/

The Carbon Brief on climate & energy: http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/04/election-2015-what-the-manifestos-say-on-climate-and-energy/

Research Fortnight on research and innovation: https://www.researchprofessional.com/media/pdf/RF455_election_supplement.pdf

British Humanist Association on humanist issues: https://humanism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Comparing-key-humanist-issues…

Open Rights Group on surveillance: https://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2015/surveillance-in-the-general-election-manifestos

Ars Technica on digital policy and science policy

Campaign for Freedom of Information comparison: https://www.cfoi.org.uk/2015/04/foi-manifesto-commitments/

Election Manifesto 2010

The 2010 election manifesto is available on the Labour Party website: http://www2.labour.org.uk/manifesto-splash

Channel 4's FactCheck has published an analysis of various claims in the manifesto: http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/2010/04/12/labour-manifesto-2010-tax-benefits-policing-pensions/

Comment on the science content: http://timesonline.typepad.com/science/2010/04/manifesto-watch-labour-and-the-tories-on-science.html

Stance on Skeptical Issues

Libel Law Reform

It was reported on 22nd November 2009 that Jack Straw is preparing to draw up proposals for wholesale reform of England’s libel laws, and the current large legal fees were said to be "jeopardising freedom of speech, potentially curbing vital debate by scientists, academics and journalists."[1]

On 3rd March 2010 it was reported that Straw planned to cut the "success fees" lawyers can charge in libel cases helping to reduce legal costs[2].

Straw also set up the Libel Working Group which, on 23rd March 2010, published a report that can be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice's website[3].

On 23rd March 2010, Straw announced plans for further reform in the next parliament, including consideration of a statutory defence to protect publications that are in the public interest, and moves to prevent the growth of libel tourism[4].

References

  1. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article6926997.ece
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8548485.stm
  3. http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/libel-working-group-report.htm
  4. http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease230310b.htm

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