April, 2014

Post-Easter sugar rush PMQs

Kevin Peel  |  30 April 2014

Today was the first PMQs after the Easter break. MPs must have been suffering a delayed sugar rush from all the Easter eggs, because the backbenches were particularly raucous. With GDP up 0.8 per cent in the last quarter and unemployment down, it was expected that Labour would avoid questions on the economy. We do …

1 Comment Read more

What happened at Rana Plaza must never happen again

Shabana Mahmood MP  |  30 April 2014

When I think about Bangladesh, the somewhat incongruous image that flashes through my mind is a group of women and men wearing salwar kameez and sewing zips onto pink skinny jeans. Those women and men are amongst the lucky ones in Bangladesh. They work in a so called ‘safe’ factory; one of the better ones. …

0 Comments Read more

David Blunkett’s proposals should be welcomed

Leon Spence  |  30 April 2014

Multi-academy trusts, free schools, studio schools, maintained schools, faith schools, the list seems endless. Even for those working in education the variance in school governance structures is bewildering. Every Labour politician gets told on a regular basis that ‘there is no point complaining about academies – you started it!’ It is the same point that …

1 Comment Read more

It’s game on as we approach the referendum

Ross MacRae  |  29 April 2014

As we approach the business end of the referendum campaign things are getting bigger. The Better Together team has just doubled in size, we have moved in to a new campaign headquarters that will see us through until September and our army of activists is growing as the number of campaign events increase. It’s game …

1 Comment Read more

John Biffen: Semi-Detached

Giles Radice  |  29 April 2014

I should begin by declaring that, for 24 years, John Biffen was my pair in the House of Commons. Pairing is the informal parliamentary arrangement whereby an MP of one party agrees with an MP of an opposing party not to vote in a particular division. This normally happens on the less important votes, so …

0 Comments Read more

We can be radical without losing our political senses

Stephen Beer  |  29 April 2014

The challenges facing progressive politicians around the world are similar. That was evident at this year’s progressive governance conference, held in Amsterdam last week. The conference, organised by Policy Network and partners brings together leaders and thinkers from around the world. Not surprisingly, many delegates discussed the European elections and debated how centre-left parties could …

0 Comments Read more

A pledge to fight for the living

Roy Rickhuss  |  28 April 2014

I marked Workers’ Memorial Day by attending a remembrance service in Hartlepool today. Among the speakers was the father of a young worker who was killed when a machine that he was working on toppled over and crushed him – he was only 19. This story moved everyone who attended and reveals what motivates trade …

1 Comment Read more

IWMD: Protecting Qatar’s migrant workers

John Mann MP  |  28 April 2014

The theme of this year’s International Workers’ Memorial Day is ‘protecting workers around the world through strong regulation, enforcement and union rights’, and so it seems particularly appropriate today to revisit the topic I wrote on for Progress last month: the plight of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Migrant workers …

0 Comments Read more

Protecting workers in Britain and around the world

Hugh Robertson  |  28 April 2014

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most do not die of mystery ailments, or in tragic ‘accidents’. They die because an employer decided their safety just was not that important a priority. International Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers. Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year; all …

0 Comments Read more

We need to do more than just condemn Ukip

Jacqui Smith  |  28 April 2014

I have spent most of the last fortnight working abroad, so I have not been out campaigning for Labour on the doorstep and I have got most of my political news via Twitter. This puts me in exactly the worst place to reflect on Labour’s response to the United Kingdom Independence party poster campaign, but …

108 Comments Read more