From The Independent: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has extended its lead over the Conservatives to eight points, according to a new poll by Survation. It puts Labour on 45 per cent, with Theresa May’s Conservatives trailing behind on 37 per cent, and the Liberal Democrats under Vince Cable on six per cent.
From Evolve Politics: Shares in the company that owns both the Daily Mail and MailOnline have plummeted by 25% after they announced a huge £112m loss.
The publications’ parent company DMGT made a profit of £202m in 2016, but said that ‘challenging conditions in some of our sectors’ had led to the huge losses incurred in 2017.
And, in a stark warning for the paper’s long term future, the company added that they expected 2018 to be just as tough.
#DailyFail #DailyHateMail: Shares in the company that owns both the #DailyMail and MailOnline have plummeted by 25%…
The school system is out of date, preparing children for a 19th Century world, not a 21st Century one. That’s the premise of this 5-minute video, watched over 6 million times on Facebook.
How would you like to see the next progressive government overhaul our schools?
From Upworthy: President Trump’s son tweeted on Halloween:
I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism. pic.twitter.com/3ie9C0jv2G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2017
Twitter was on fire with its responses: Read more
From The Guardian: In New Zealand the conservative National Party has lost power following their general election, to a coalition led by the New Zealand Labour Party and backed by the Greens.
New Zealand Labour has pledged to wipe out child poverty, make university free, decriminalise abortion, and make all rivers swimmable within ten years. Read more
From The Guardian: The Universal Credit helpline will be made free, along with other Department for Work and Pensions numbers, after Jeremy Corbyn last week challenged the government over the 55p-a-minute charge for people using mobile phones to get help.
David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, told MPs that all charges would be abolished by the end of the year.
The move is a victory for Corbyn after he asked Theresa May about the issue at prime minister’s questions last week. Read more
From Knightsbridge Underground station in London.
From BuzzFeed: “The Conservatives have been forced to come up with a new social media strategy at their annual party conference.
“Unfortunately for their electoral prospects, this involves paying to push candid mobile phone pictures of middle-aged Cabinet Office minister Damian Green holding a piece of paper into the public’s Instagram feeds.
“Shortly afterwards the Conservatives made another Instagram post: This time it was an overlit picture of defence secretary Michael Fallon sitting in a temporary office.”
From Politics Home: Labour’s poll lead over the Conservatives has risen to its biggest margin since the party went ahead just after the election.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party would scoop up 43% of the vote if a fresh election were held, ahead of the Conservatives on 38% – a lead that would see Mr Corbyn become Prime Minister by a slender margin.
The Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday marks a remarkable turnaround since April, when the Tories were enjoying leads of up to 24 points over Labour.
Ben Tarnoff writes in the Guardian: “Grievances alone don’t produce political movements. A pile of dry wood isn’t enough to start a fire. It needs a spark – or several.
“For the resurgent left, an essential spark is social media. In fact, it’s one of the most crucial and least understood catalysts of contemporary socialism. Since the networked uprisings of 2011 – the year of the Arab spring, Occupy Wall Street and the Spanish indignados – we’ve seen how social media can rapidly bring masses of people into the streets. But social media isn’t just a tool for mobilizing people. It’s also a tool for politicizing them. Read more
From Sky News: Former Conservative deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has warned his party that its electoral base is dying off at a rate of 2% a year.
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From The Canary: With no financial backing or advertising, Libby Freeman has had extraordinary success selling necklaces with a ‘special’ message for Theresa May.
100% of the profits from Freeman’s main design go to people marginalised by the Conservative Party. The 35-year-old raised £25,000 in less than 48 hours selling the jewellery online.
The jewellery combines style, swag and sticking it to the Tories. In total,the project has raised £40,000 since Freeman launched it with her friend Kate six days ago.
60% of the profits go to Calais Action, an organisation raising resources for refugees. The remaining 40% goes to Partisan Collective, which seeks to provide a community space for grassroots cultural and political activities in Manchester.
Freeman told The Canary why she thinks the necklaces are so popular: “I think #FuckTheTories just sums up how so many people feel”.