January, 2015

The Last Word: A Blairite writes …

Jamie Reed MP  |  30 January 2015

Jamie Reed MP guest writes this week’s Last Word column What is a Blairite? Nearly twenty years since the 1997 election victory, the term defies precise definition. Nontheless, the meaning of the tem remains contested by self-confessed Blairites, anti-Blairites, neo-Blairites, post-Blairites and by some with a pathological obsession with the man himself. The programme of …

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Let it go

Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP  |  30 January 2015

Politicians can no longer pretend we can fix everything from the centre Those of us on the left are advocates of the power of common endeavour to improve lives. Whether it is the NHS, social security or social housing, the history of social progress shows that it is through a common resource that individual needs …

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People, not institutions

Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP  |  30 January 2015

We need to listen to how public services impact on people, however uncomfortable that may be In an era of tight budgets and increasing demands, what does it take to ensure public services meet public needs? This collection of interviews is intended to help address this question by listening to those who are already answering …

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Relying on Labour votes to protect public health

Angela Eagle MP  |  30 January 2015

I began business questions this week by marking Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I welcomed the plans for a new holocaust memorial in this country that will honour the memory of all the victims. The anniversary must also motivate us to redouble our efforts to combat anti-semitism and …

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Our plan is clear – let’s see what the others have

Karin Smyth MP  |  29 January 2015

Jeremy Hunt had one job since his appointment as secretary of state for health – to make sure the NHS was not an election issue. He almost succeeded. Despite the Tories’ recognition that the 2012 Health and Social Care Act was their biggest mistake it is only in the last year that the chaos, fragmentation …

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Cameron’s Coup

Fiona Twycross AM  |  29 January 2015

In a week in which even deeper future cuts to welfare have been announced by Cameron, the publication of Cameron’s Coup: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink by Polly Toynbee and David Walker seems particularly timely. With less than 100 days to go to the 2015 general election, their depiction of Britain after …

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At last, a credible roadmap for health and care integration

Jonathan McShane  |  29 January 2015

This week Andy Burnham published Labour’s 10-year plan for health and care. While warmly welcomed by professionals in both fields, there were some murmurs of criticism that Labour’s approach to health was not sufficiently radical and a rather sterile media debate about the precise level of private sector involvement in a Labour National Health Service. …

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The ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ complex

Paola Buonadonna  |  28 January 2015

The British public is persuaded that Britain counts for little or nothing in Europe. We are, apparently, forever dictated to and bossed about. Europe is a clique of unelected bureaucrats and we’re the despised outsiders. It is a Franco-German party and we are the unpopular, fat kid who never gets invited. I use that loaded …

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This is no way to run a country

Jim McMahon MP  |  28 January 2015

The public accounts committee report published today, Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014, is shocking, but sadly not surprising. Their evidence reveals not just the impact of funding cuts on the financial sustainability of local government, but the scale of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s negligence through their inadequate understanding of the implications …

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A brutal and unedifying prime minister’s questions

Sally Gimson  |  28 January 2015

Well, well well, the Tories are certainly rattled on the NHS. That’s what it looked like at prime minister’s questions today as Cameron shouted at Miliband. Labour of course ran the NHS as its third policy pledge yesterday and it is turning into the top issue with voters. Ed Miliband chose to use it as …

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