July, 2013

Labour, food prices, and the cost of living

Alison McGovern MP  |  30 July 2013

In British political history, food has previously played an important role. Clement Attlee’s postwar government saw the end of rationing as the political domestic issue of the day, and a young minister – Harold Wilson – made his name championing the end of these controls. Today, food is no less important. Since the economic crash, …

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Bubble trouble

Jason Prince  |  30 July 2013

We may not have heard the champagne corks popping at the treasury on Thursday, but I would not be surprised if George Osborne raised a Pimm’s to celebrate the 0.6 per cent uplift in Quarter 2 GDP growth figures that were released by the Office for National Statistics. Indeed, it is good to hear that …

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Why we don’t need a Labour Men’s Network

Bex Bailey  |  29 July 2013

Chris Calland’s recent article  suggested that in order to get more people voting for the Labour party we need to set up a ‘Labour Men’s Network’ – an opportunity, presumably, for men to get together, support each other in their political endeavours and discuss the problems they face in society. Obviously, what we are failing …

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Déjà-vu all over again

Matthew Doyle  |  29 July 2013

As the Israeli and Palestinian delegations sit down to dinner this evening in the ornate splendour of the eighth floor of the State Department there will be a sense of déjà-vu all over again. For just as the impressive dining rooms of the State Department are disguised in an otherwise ugly 1940s concrete building, so …

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The limits of eurozone integration and its consequences

Renaud Thillaye  |  29 July 2013

The British debate on the European Union takes further integration in the euro area for granted. As the mantra goes, the sovereign debt crisis has shown that the euro set-up was ill-planned from the outset and that a federal ‘leap forward’ is necessary. Yet talk about integration in the eurozone is misleading. Recent reforms of …

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Manual Labour

Chris Calland  |  26 July 2013

Not too long ago I spent a bank holiday weekend planting fence posts into a field in Somerset (long story …) and something struck me (figuratively, not literally) – For all the toil involved in agriculture, you never really hear Labour taking about the plight of people living and working in the countryside. ‘That’s because …

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Can the Tories really renew?

Hopi Sen  |  25 July 2013

In last month’s Progress magazine, I spoke to David Skelton and other Tory thinkers and advisers about their plans to change Conservatism and make the Tory party more appealing to northern, working-class and ethnic minority voters. Then, although the ideas and the people were ready to go, the group didn’t have a name, or a …

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Earning, belonging and owning

Phil Wilson MP  |  24 July 2013

Surely aspiration drives our politics? We aspire for our children to do better than we did ourselves. We aspire for our communities to do well, and we believe the best way of securing all of this is through working together because we achieve more together than we ever do alone. We should never let the …

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10,000 new council homes

Peter John  |  24 July 2013

Last week I was immensely proud to be part of a Labour cabinet in Southwark which made the commitment to build 10,000 new council homes – a new council home every day for the next 10,000 days. It was a commitment which has been developed over two years, following the report of our Independent Housing …

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Engaging the disengaged

Siobhain McDonagh MP  |  23 July 2013

Being on the electoral register is a civic duty. In some ways, it’s the nearest thing Britain has to a social contract. Nobody can make you vote, but if you’re on the register you belong to a democracy. It’s the basis of our justice system. If you’re not on it, you can’t serve on a …

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