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#Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong: From @LabourEoin

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Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong:

We’ve been conned by the rich predators of Davos

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We’ve been conned by the rich predators of Davos

Solidarity Defend our #NHS Support the Junior Drs Srike: Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

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Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

An NHS student nurse in London last month speaking in support of junior doctors

The British Medical Association has called for three junior doctor walkouts – the first taking place on Tuesday 12 January – after a breakdown in talks. We in the Green party unequivocally support the junior doctors who are going on strike. They have been offered an 11% pay rise, which on the face of it seems reasonable. However, what the government is also doing is cutting pay for extra hours worked. Working long hours (days in fact) without a proper break has always been a key part of hospital culture, but this does not make it right. Junior doctors can work 12 back-to-back night shifts of up to 12 hours each, and 90-hour working weeks are not uncommon. Removing the safeguards that protect them from working too long will affect patient care negatively. Doctors have very rarely gone on strike, but when 98% of junior doctors vote for strike action, this indicates a major concern with the contracts they are being offered. I believe that we should all be listening to the doctors on the NHS front line rather than trust the words of the health secretary, who is imposing these contracts from on high without addressing the major concerns of safeguarding and pay cuts.
Lee Burkwood
Green party London assembly candidate, Havering and Redbridge

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How can the DWP axe benefits in an instant but be unable to reinstate them for weeks, leaving recipients such as Hawa, a former asylum seeker who has already endured so much, penniless?
The Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions prides itself on embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity. And indeed, when it comes to pulling the plug on benefits there is no sign of discrimination – everybody is treated equally harshly.

It is not only those who are too sick to work but are informed they are well enough to do so; nor just those who have failed to adhere to some tiny sliver of bureaucracy. This also applies to people who don’t even realise they have sinned but are left suddenly and brutally penniless.

In London, Hawa was locked in a house and repeatedly raped by men who paid her trafficker to do so. She escaped when she was five months pregnant from one of the rapes; she claimed asylum and was granted refugee status. The Home Office accepted that her life would be in danger if she was forcibly returned home.

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