September, 2013

Bloodless revolution

Blair McDougall  |  30 September 2013

With Scotland’s vote on independence one year away, Blair McDougall finds the nationalist strategy stalled Next September Scotland will be asked to make a choice. Do we want to remain a strong part of the United Kingdom, or do we want to make a leap into the unknown and go it alone? It is a …

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Ownership matters

Sheila Gilmore  |  30 September 2013

We should keep East Coast public While many of my fellow passengers travelling on East Coast between Edinburgh and London may not feel interested in who runs their trains, if they knew that punctuality was threatened and fares set to rise, they would be. And this is exactly what I fear will happen if the …

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The party of small business

Philip Ross  |  30 September 2013

When last week Ed Miliband declared in his conference speech – ‘One Nation Labour – the party of small business’ it was less of an aspiration and more of an observation. Much credit is due to Labour’s  excellent business team for making this a reality – including not just Chuka Umunna (who was raised in …

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Preparing for battle

Pat McFadden MP  |  27 September 2013

Pat McFadden presents his memo on the task facing Labour’s new general election coordinator The general election is, at most, just 19 months away. The long campaign is already under way. The battle will only intensify the closer we get to polling day. So what kind of task faces Labour’s new general election coordinator? It …

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The hard road

Kezia Dugdale MSP  |  27 September 2013

There is a middle Scotland and it decides elections —Johann Lamont is the third leader of the Scottish Labour party to sit on the opposition benches and watch Alex Salmond lead the nation. He is now Scotland’s longest-serving first minister and theoretically, just possibly, 12 months away from become Scotland’s first prime minister. A textbook …

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Underpaid and female: five crucial steps

Mary Honeyball MEP  |  27 September 2013

Pay is suddenly and decisively on the radar. With almost half a million people in Britain now paid less than a living wage, in-work poverty has – thanks to Labour’s strong stance – become the problem everyone wants to solve. However, a neglected aspect of the discussion has been the impact of low pay on …

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Labour’s new childcare settlement is sign of intent

Lucy Powell MP  |  27 September 2013

Labour’s message for parents on childcare this week is that Britain can do better. Labour has certainly thrown down the gauntlet. With Stephen Twigg (and Yvette Cooper’s) announcement of guaranteed wraparound childcare for primary school children and Ed Balls’ bold pledge to increase free childcare for three- and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours Labour …

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Changing for good

John Mann MP  |  26 September 2013

Labour has nothing to lose but its bureaucracy —One of my local members has been out to Germany to help the Social Democrats with the general election. His reports back make sobering reading. But it is not just Germany where there are problems. In the last month the Norwegian Labour party has been swept from …

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Progress  |  26 September 2013

If elected I will … Frontline 40 candidates on their private member’s bills The state of New York’s usury law provides a good example of how a modern usury statute works. Annual interest rates on personal loans of less than $250,000 (approximately £150,000) are capped at 16 per cent per annum. Generally speaking, a personal …

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Citizen Schools: Learning to rebuild democracy

David Watson and Jamie Audsley  |  26 September 2013

The debate about standards in schools is changing, and Labour should be at the heart of it. Having revolutionised the way schools are managed and run from 1997 to 2007, the party has allowed the initiative to be seized by the Conservatives – a party with plenty of headline-grabbing policies, but no vision for English …

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