My new year resolution: register 1,000 young people to vote

Liz Kendall MP  |  31 December 2014

New year is a moment of reflection; an opportunity to take stock and think about the things that really matter – our family and friends, our health and work, and our prospects for the year ahead. Many of us set out by making a series of new year’s resolutions – to get down to the …

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2014: The year in review

Progress  |  19 December 2014

Welcome to the review of our year on Progress It has been a busy time once more with the continuation of our Campaign for a Labour Majority, including the recent launch of Operation Flight, ongoing Winning With Women work, our usual monthly Progress magazine, and the Progress website itself updated daily with views and comment …

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A strong first outing

Callum Munro  |  18 December 2014

The Scottish Labour party was clear in its decision that Kezia Dugdale is exactly who we need as our new deputy leader. Today we saw why. In her first outing against Nicola Sturgeon at first minister’s questions, Kezia chose to lead on the highly topical issue of falling oil prices and the serious threat this …

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HIV prevention set to be halved

Charles Smith  |  18 December 2014

When public health minister, and Tory member of parliament for Battersea, Jane Ellison recently said, ‘I fully support the aims of the Halve It campaign’ we had no idea that the comments actually foreshadowed a very different kind of halving: a government plan to slash the national HIV Prevention England budget by a staggering 50 …

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Stronger, safer relationships

Sophy Gardner  |  18 December 2014

As a newly selected candidate in Gloucester, I made it my mission to speak to as many young people in the community as possible. I first became interested in politics as a teenager; I am passionate about getting more young people involved on their terms. So I visited schools and spoke about the issues young …

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Violence against women is not being tackled adequately

Vera Baird  |  18 December 2014

Everywoman Safe Everywhere, Labour’s commission on women’s safety, began its work under my leadership in November 2011. Its aim was to investigate concerns that government policy changes and budget cuts were disproportionately affecting women not just economically, but compromising their safety. Its initial findings just a few months later examined the cumulative impact of legal …

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Making the PowerPledge a reality

Richard Angell  |  17 December 2014

Yesterday John Woodcock and Alison McGovern signed the Labour Women’s Network #PowerPledge on behalf of Progress. We are very proud to be among the first signatories and we will be framing it for the office, but it will not be sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This pledge, as Jacqui Smith wrote on our site …

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‘25 for 25’

Alison McGovern MP  |  17 December 2014

We will not build an economy that works for everyone until we resolve Britain’s childcare crisis. ‘Crisis’ is a word that we hear a lot in politics these days, but sometimes it is the only one that will fit. How else are we to describe a situation where parents are facing childcare bills that in some parts …

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Are dreams of Kurdish independence over?

Gary Kent  |  17 December 2014

Does the recent deal on oil exports between the Iraqi Kurds and Haider al-Abadi’s new federal government in Baghdad end dreams of Kurdish independence? The interim agreement, prompted by the need to urgently maximise oil revenues, given falling prices, and also maximise unity against their common enemy, the so-called Islamic State, was widely welcomed. It …

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A view from Brent

Dawn Butler MP  |  17 December 2014

Brent Central is a north-west London seat whose residents have voted Labour and Liberal Democrat in local and national elections over the past decade. The outcome next May could well indicate the shape of the government to come. Brent Central is a lively, vibrant and exciting part of north-west London which I am so proud …

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