The Shadow Cabinet: How significant is it?

Before the extraordinary political summer of 2015 and the birth of New Politics, if one notion was as inconceivable as Jeremy Corbyn becoming Leader of the Labour Party, it was having John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Asked whether he “supported” the appointment, Hilary Benn, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, replied that McDonnell “is the choice Jeremy has made”. It was a pointed …

As we stand with France, let us stand with the rest of the fallen victims

Paris was rocked by a devastating attack claiming over 200 lives. The disgraceful and shameless terrorist attack, claimed by ISIS, has sent shockwaves around the world with a minute’s silence observed in different countries and Facebook launching a ‘stand with Paris’ feature that allows the profile picture to be draped in French colours. The deplorable loss of innocent lives has …

Student solidarity across borders: Students, universities and refugee crises past and present

By Dr Georgina Brewis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. The summer of 2015 has seen an unprecedented number of refugees fleeing from Syria to Europe, with many citizen-led initiatives filling the vacuum where government support has been found wanting. At the forefront of these volunteers have been student groups who, …