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Sir Keir Starmer and his Broken Pledges

Every month YouGov ask the question: "Do the main parties represent your values?" In November 2019 40% said that "At least one of the political parties represents my priorities and values well." By August 2023 it had fallen to 27% with a record 57% saying "none of the main political parties really represent my priorities and values." It seems that our main political parties are not representing the thoughts and opinions of the electorate. One of the reasons for this is people's dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party, who have been in power since 2010. However, there is another more important reason for this unhappiness with our political parties - the election of Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party.  


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John Simkin

In September, 1997, Spartacus Educational founder and managing director John Simkin became the first educational publisher in Britain to establish a website that was willing to provide teachers and students with free educational materials.

According to a survey carried out by the Fischer Trust, Spartacus Educational is one of the top three websites used by history teachers and students in Britain (the other two are BBC History and the Public Record Office’s Learning Curve). The Spartacus Educational website currently gets up to 7 million page impressions a month and 3 million unique visitors.

As well as running the Spartacus Educational website John Simkin has also produced material for the Electronic Telegraph, the European Virtual School and the Guardian's educational website, Learn. He was also a member of the European History E-Learning Project (E-Help), a project to encourage and improve use of ICT and the internet in classrooms across the continent.

We have published six e-books, Charles Dickens: A Biography (October, 2012), First World War Encyclopedia (October, 2012), Assassination of John F. Kennedy Encyclopedia (November, 2012), Gandhi: A Biography (December, 2012), The Spanish Civil War (December, 2012) and The American Civil War (December, 2012). He also contributed an article to the recently published book, Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History (December, 2012).

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