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Up North  •  May 5, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Homeless Activists Call Out Cabinet Minister For Housing

Cllr Frank Hont, the Cabinet Minister for Housing, recently rubbished a 6,000-strong petition to house the city’s homeless people in empty buildings, describing the idea as “ill-informed” without presenting any evidence to the contrary. Moreover, actual evidence suggests that far from being “ill-informed” – it is a model that has worked successfully across the world –…

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Up North  •  May 3, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Mayor Spends £2.2 Million On Consultants

A Freedom Of Information (FOI) request by Managed Decline has revealed that Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has spent over £2.2m on consultants since the council switched to the Mayor-led model in 2012. Information on the councils spending prior to this model is hard to come by as it is clothed in ‘commercial confidentiality’, but another FOI…


Up North  •  April 22, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Why Is Assistant Mayor Nick Small Standing Up For McDonalds?

News that the Labour party has banned McDonalds from having a stall at its conference in Liverpool this year was unsurprisingly attacked in the right wing press, and by Assistant Mayor Nick Small. The fast-food chain wanted to have a display at this autumn’s Labour conference, the £30,000 reportedly offered would have been a nice little earner for the party,…

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Up North  •  April 1, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Only One Per Cent Chance Of Prosecution For UK Traffickers

Anti-slavery Commissioner, Chris Hyland, was in Liverpool last week to give a lecture outlining his five point plan for tackling human slavery both in the UK and internationally. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Institute for International Slavery Studies, University of Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum. Liverpool was considered one of the principal slave ports in…

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Up North  •  March 28, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Liverpool ONE Owner Half As Wealthy As City’s Economy

A recent report by Oxfam shows that 62 people have as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population – approx 3.6bn people. In the UK, inequality has grown so great that just five families are now wealthier than the poorest 20% of the UK population combined. In Liverpool, one of these families owns Liverpool…


Up North  •  March 15, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Should We Care What Birkenhead MP Frank Field Thinks?

Writing in the New Statesman recently, Birkenhead MP Frank Field has called for Labour to elect a new leader before the next general election. Despite Labour’s current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, winning by the largest mandate ever afforded a Labour leader, in Mr Field’s eyes he is not a “prime minister in waiting”. He holds this…

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Up North  •  March 13, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

“People Would Fume If You Lobbed A Dog Onto A BBQ”: Victoria Mesham

Victoria Mesham, is a 24 year old hip hop fan, and self-proclaimed “chilling animal rights activist.” A proud vegan for two and a half years, Miss Mesham and a friend decided to set up the Liverpool Vegan Advocacy Group to raise awareness in the city. You may have noticed several members of the group protesting outside Primark on Church…


Rest of the World  •  March 11, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Nestle Admits Slavery While Fighting Child Labour Lawsuit

News that Nestle went public this week with the announcement it had found forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand, and that its customers were buying products tainted by the abuse of migrant workers was heralded by some as a victory for supply chain accountability. However, while independently disclosing these labour abuses is a small step in the…


Up North  •  February 16, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Brexit Would Cost £6.5 Billion In Lost Trade With Ireland

Yesterday, Dan Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain discussed the implications for British-Irish relations of a possible Brexit. Speaking at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum, its Gothic style, elaborate brickwork, and Italian mosaic paved interior provided an elaborate setting for the Ambassador’s talk. With British-Irish trade up 15% last year, amounting to…


Up North  •  February 9, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Students Get A Taste Of Success

Visitor Economy Week kicked off yesterday with the first of more that fifty events being held across Liverpool to showcase career opportunities available for young people. It has been organised by the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, The City of Liverpool College and six other colleges across Merseyside. The City of Liverpool College Duke Street site offers students…