Ben Blackband

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EU referendum: National Farmers' Union backs staying in EU

<b>Farmers' interests are best served by remaining in the European Union, the National Farmers' Union has said.</b><p>It passed a resolution following an "overwhelming" vote in favour of staying in the EU, which it said was based on the "balance of existing evidence".<p>The union - which has 55,000 members in …

Great Britain

New school in Hebden Bridge to teach children using yoga and meditation

West Yorkshire community known for creative flair to open school with no headteacher in attempt to be ‘truly progressive’<p>It has a cafe for dogs, crystal shops and an organic workers’ cooperative. Next September the eclectic community of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire will also boast a high school …

Economic liberals or social liberals? Pragmatists or ideologues? How Lib Dem members describe their own political identity

<i>Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the</i> …

Prime minister’s questions: raucous, but a key part of our democracy

Like many things about the unruly character of modern Britain, including Saturday night drunkenness and independence referendums, foreigners find prime minister’s questions both fascinating and appalling. “How can the baying rudeness of it all be so loutish?” they wonder before conceding that most …

Green leader brings a streak of red to party conference

The Green leader, Natalie Bennett, would decline to describe her party as the "Ukip of the left" but she does agree with Nigel on one thing: "The political class does not look like, sound like or have the life experiences of most people in Britain. The political class is not representing us. They …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Our way of life, summed up in one document

Further devolution will strengthen the argument for us to have a written constitution. The wording and tone of it will be crucial<p>The United Kingdom has no written constitution, nothing, that is, that exists in a single document. This is well known and the need for one has rarely been felt. In one …

Tony Blair: His legacy will be debated but not forgotten

Twenty years after Tony Blair was elected as Labour leader, his former political secretary considers how history will judge him<p>How will <b>Tony Blair</b> be remembered by history? Tomorrow it will be 20 years to the day since he was elected leader of the <b>Labour Party</b> after the death of John Smith. Now seems …

How New Labour built one nation – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>Labour needs to remember its considerable achievements in power, believes Giles Radice</b><p>When on the morning of 12 May 1994 the tragic news broke of …

Love across the divide: interracial relationships growing in Britain

Romance is breaking down racial barriers in Britain with a sharp rise in inter-ethnic marriage and relationships in the last decade – but white people remain the most segregated<p>The UK is becoming a racial melting pot with a surge in the number of relationships and marriages across ethnic dividing …

Multiculturalism in reverse as teenagers buck the trend towards integration

Teenagers no more integrated with other races than the middle aged, major new study of Britain’s friendship circles shows<p>Decades of efforts to promote multiculturalism have gone into reverse, major new research showing teenagers are no more likely to mix with people from other racial backgrounds …

Ukip wins European elections with ease to set off political earthquake

Nigel Farage has unleashed his much-promised political earthquake across British politics as Ukip stormed to victory in the European elections, performing powerfully across the country.<p>The Eurosceptic party's victory marked the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives …

Opinion: Liberalism and tolerance win the Eurovision Song Contest

There’ll no doubt be a lot of the usual ‘why do they hate us’ headlines in the UK following our disappointing showing in last night’s Eurovision Song …