Jasneet Samrai is the Deputy Director of Centre Think Tank, a think tank and pressure group that supports a comprehensive welfare system alongside free markets. All views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent Backbench’s stance. Members of Centre Think Tank…

On Sunday night, what some have called a new dawn for British broadcasting began with GB News’ first programme. From its first announcement, GB News said it wanted to be controversial and spark debate – it has certainly done that, but perhaps not in the…

As we soak up the heat of summer, what could be a better way to enjoy the sun than lounging about with a good book? If you’re in need of some reading recommendations, the Backbench editorial team is here to help. So, without further ado,…

Upon the death of famed trade unionist Bob Crow, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone noted that the ‘only working-class people who still have well-paid jobs in London are [RMT] members’, a sentiment probably truer now than it was on Crow’s death in 2014. With the…

On 2 February, Peter Cruddas, who has donated millions to the Tories and Vote Leave campaign, was appointed by Boris Johnson to the House of Lords. This move by the Prime Minister and the “buying” of political appointments once again raises concerns over our nations…

At first glance, Keir Starmer’s leadership appears to be in crisis. In May’s elections, he failed his first big test, then compounded his vulnerability with a botched reshuffle that left his deputy leader, Angela Rayner, with much more power than he intended. Since then, he…

One year on from his election as Labour leader, Keir Starmer faced his first test: the local elections. What was predicted to be a moderately successful evening for Labour, turned out to be one of their biggest failures in a decade. After losing control of…

It would be ignorant to deny the progressive legislation regarding gender equality passed in the last few decades to protect women – and their rights – haven’t correlated with societal attitudes towards women. From a simple catcall to sexual assault in broad daylight, it is…