April, 2008

Real danger

Neena Gill  |  30 April 2008

A possible BNP breakthrough means the decent majority absolutely must turn out tomorrow

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Pressing, if not scintillating

James Hulme  |  30 April 2008

Council leaders - not the GLA - should scrutinise the London mayor

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Win or lose, the London elections have been good for Labour and good for democracy

Luke Akehurst  |  29 April 2008

I'm writing this on 29 April, 48 hours before polling day, so I have no idea whether Ken Livingstone will beat Boris Johnson or not. That result is immensely important not just for the future of London and for Londoners, but also for Labour as London will be a critical electoral battleground in the next general election. However, whatever the result, we already know that the electoral process itself has been good for Labour and good for democracy in London. Here's why:

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Good condition

Duncan O'Leary  |  29 April 2008

Conditionality will be an important approach to the emerging politics of public behaviour

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Opportunity cost

John Healey MP  |  28 April 2008

Labour must persuade voters of the harm done by Tory councils

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Emergency call

Ellie Levenson  |  28 April 2008

The left should get behind the campaign for better access to emergency contraception

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The government must be careful in rushing to legislate after Northern Rock

Rachel Reeves MP  |  25 April 2008

The credit crunch hit the UK just over seven months ago now. The ramifications have been huge and they continue. The collapse of Northern Rock and customers queuing for hours outside branches will always symbolise the crisis in the UK. Even though the origins of our current problems are in the US subprime mortgage market, there are lessons to be learnt from the affair. The government has made it clear that they want to legislate by the summer - to strengthen the financial sector, reduce the likelihood of bank failures in the future and to increase confidence among investors and consumers.

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The government must be careful in its rush to legislate after Northern Rock

Rachel Reeves MP  |  25 April 2008


The credit crunch hit the UK just over seven months ago now. The ramifications have been huge and they continue. The collapse of Northern Rock and customers queuing for hours outside branches will always symbolise the crisis in the UK. Even though the origins of our current problems are in the US subprime mortgage market, there are lessons to be learnt from the affair. The government has made it clear that they want to legislate by the summer - to strengthen the financial sector, reduce the likelihood of bank failures in the future and to increase confidence among investors and consumers.

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Unity, clarity and breadth

Stephen Ladyman  |  24 April 2008

How we win again in the south is no secret

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’92 in reverse?

Tom Brooks Pollock  |  24 April 2008

Personality and mathematics mean that the 1 May elections might not mirror national politics

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