August, 2009

GCSE results

  |  28 August 2009

‘We should be proud of the achievements of our young people – and of Labour’s record on education. Sustained investment, more teachers and teaching assistants, and the hard work of pupils and school staff mean more young people are leaving school with good qualifications. Schools in the poorest areas have seen the biggest rises in results and we are starting to break the historic link between disadvantage and low attainment.' – Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families

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Barnet council

  |  28 August 2009

'Barnet's "easyCouncil" model will result in two-tier council services - where you only get quality services if you can pay for them - it's inevitable under these circumstances that vulnerable and less well off residents will lose out.' - Cllr Alison Moore, leader of Barnet Labour Group

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What we’re reading: 28 August 2009

  |  28 August 2009

Your daily progressive news round-up!

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Hannan, Helmer and Tannock’s comments are an insult to 1.4m NHS workers and to those who rely on the NHS

James Alexander  |  28 August 2009

One of the reasons I got involved in politics is the NHS. I saw chronic under-funding in the late 1980s and the poor and impersonal service my Grandmother received while dying with cancer. It may not be popular to say but times have changed and though the NHS is not perfect, it has improved dramatically under Labour; people forget this.

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Sweeping headlines

Roma Hooper  |  28 August 2009

We need a more rational debate about crime and punishment

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Defending the NHS is not enough – Labour must demand even greater improvements

Paul Richards  |  28 August 2009

The only big political story of the summer, apart from the decision by the SNP to release a terrorist bomber into the welcoming, Saltire-waving arms of the Libyans, has been the row over the NHS. On the face of it, Dan Hannan’s extended US media ego-trip was good news for Labour. The Tory MEP proved a useful idiot for the US Republicans, fuelling their fear of socialism with tall tales of soviet-style queues for cancer treatment in the United Kingdom. It allowed Labour to go onto the attack, fielding Andy Burnham to speak up for the NHS, and forced Cameron onto the defensive, including the breath-taking claim that the Conservatives are ‘the party of the NHS’, which displays the same level of cheek as his claim that they are the party of the environment, the party of co-operatives, and the party of the poor. What’s next? The Tories are the party of the trade unions and nuclear disarmament? Watch this space, I hear you cry.

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Introduction

  |  27 August 2009

A round-up of progressive views on the news of the day, given exclusively to ProgressOnline.

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Middle East peace process

  |  27 August 2009

‘It is important not to over scrutinise every development regarding the Middle East conflict – the road to peace is bumpy and unpredictable. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meetings in London with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US envoy George Mitchell can only be regarded as positive. The suggestion of tougher international action against Iran’s illegal nuclear programme in return for an Israeli settlement freeze demonstrates that President Barack Obama sees peace in the Middle East as dependent on many interlinking factors. Whether we see a breakthrough in the coming days or not, those that want a two state solution and those that justifiably fear an Iranian nuclear weapon can be reassured that the new US President is approaching the Middle conflict in a progressive, comprehensive and refreshing manner. Gordon Brown is, I believe, right to be cautiously “optimistic”.’ - Andrew Gwynne MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel

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Progressive voices

  |  27 August 2009

What they're thinking: Middle East peace process

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What we’re reading: 27 August 2009

  |  27 August 2009

Your daily progressive news round-up!

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