October, 2013

From retail to wholesale

Hopi Sen  |  31 October 2013

The last few weeks have been an object lesson in the strengths of retail politics. The way Labour’s energy freeze pledge has dominated the political agenda since party conference is a simple demonstration of how a policy that makes immediate, concrete sense to people can be politically transformative. I want to generally leave alone the …

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The Armitt challenge

John Denham  |  31 October 2013

Last year Labour asked John Armitt to review long-term infrastructure planning in the UK. Armitt was fresh from the successful delivery of the Olympic Park to high standards, on time and under budget. It was a bold move by Labour after our 13 years in power. When Armitt said ‘Over the last 40 years, UK …

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The slow erosion of democracy and justice

Daniel Fitzpatrick  |  31 October 2013

The much-criticised Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013. LASPO was devised in an effort to cut the £2bn annual legal aid bill by £350m a year, through wide sweeping and substantial cuts to the provision of civil legal aid in England and Wales. However, as …

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Tricks, not treats

Angela Eagle MP  |  31 October 2013

I began business questions by raising the report from Age UK published this week which warned that three million elderly people are worried about staying warm in their own homes this winter. Despite these shocking figures all the government does is act as a mouthpiece for the ‘big six’ energy companies who are profiteering at …

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The ‘big six’ have too much power

Brian Wilson  |  30 October 2013

The energy companies act as an unofficial cartel —The first success of Ed Miliband’s conference commitment to freeze energy prices was to put the issue firmly at the top of the political agenda. That in itself is no small achievement for which millions of consumers are grateful. If Miliband had not given this issue such …

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Why working-class kids still get working-class jobs

James Bloodworth  |  30 October 2013

Most of us will remain in the same social class as our parents and the same social class as their parents before them. It is a sobering thought. Despite the feel-good rhetoric of the self-help industry and the warm words of politicians, a child born into a poor family is almost certain to remain poor …

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Energy v the economy

James Patterson  |  30 October 2013

Both sides of the House seemed to be in a rowdy, boisterous mood at the beginning of PMQs; early on, the speaker told the prime minister’s PPS to restrain himself. Two issues dominated the session: economic growth and energy prices. Tory and Labour MPs stuck resolutely to their scripts. A succession of Tory backbenchers asked …

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Why we must tackle poverty pay

William Bain  |  30 October 2013

The national minimum wage is perhaps the most durable legacy of the last Labour government. Growing up in Glasgow, the real-life experiences of people paid less than a £1 an hour for security work were a scar on my conscience and a powerful spur to action on poverty pay. The success of the minimum wage …

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Campaign for a Labour Majority: How can Labour win a mandate in 2015?

Progress  |  30 October 2013

Campaign for a Labour Majority: How can Labour win a mandate in 2015? at Labour party north west conference 12pm, Saturday 2 November Imperial 3, Imperial Hotel, North Parade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 2HB Ivan Lewis MP Shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Alison McGovern MP Shadow minister for international development Lewis Baston Writer and consultant on politics, …

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Under fire: How do progressives win against a hostile media?

Progress  |  30 October 2013

Tuesday 26 November, 6-7.30pm Thatcher room, Portcullis House, London SW1A 2LW Bruce Hawker Campaign manager, Kevin Rudd’s 2013 general election campaign Matthew Doyle Former head of press and broadcasting, the Labour party Chair: Cllr Catherine West PPC for Hornsey and Wood Green More speakers to be announced Progress is delighted to be hosting an event …

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