8 Things to remember during Pride

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FRIENDS OF GEORGE – YouTube

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Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England, new Department of Health data shows | Society | The Guardian

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One of Labour’s new rising stars talks class, Westminster and ‘the enemy’

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no friendsLaura Pidcock, the new MP for North-West Durham, made a splash with a maiden parliamentary speech that unflinchingly took on the classist, sexist, deliberately intimidating set-up at Westminster – and her performance since then, in a series of forthright comments and interviews, has seen many identify her as a rising star.

So the SKWAWKBOX was delighted to have the privilege of interviewing Ms Pidcock this week about her experiences in Parliament so far, about the ‘archaic’ and ‘intimidating’ Westminster set-up – and the people on the other side of the Dispatch Box – and more.

With the election called suddenly for June and Parliament already in recess, you must have felt like you’d just got your feet under the table and you were out again. How has your first experience of Westminster been?

The seven weeks I was there were enough! You’re very much in at the deep end and…

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Financing Investment: Reforming finance markets for the long-term | IPPR

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Another lost decade? Building a skills system for the economy of the 2030s | IPPR

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Death By Paperwork

I'm Sick and So Are You

I hate filling out paperwork. I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, no one likes filling out paperwork, lady. And, yes, this is true. Filling out paperwork sucks. You know what sucks more than filling out plain old paperwork? Filling out medical paperwork. And no one hates filling out medical paperwork more than me.

It was cool in the beginning, when I was young. Name. Date of birth. Weight. Height. That was all I needed to jot down and I know all those things right off the top of my head. I didn’t have any medical issues, no surgery dates to remember. I didn’t take any prescription medication. I hadn’t ever had so much as an x-ray at that point. My symptoms checklist was a big long row of no after no after no after no. It was bliss.

Nowadays, things are a little more tricky. I take meds for my hypothyroidism…

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