February, 2015

House of Fools

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 February 2015

Tonight sees the long awaited release of the third series of Kevin Spacey’s ‘House of Cards’ adaptation (note: ‘series’ not ‘season’). Expect little to be done in Westminster this weekend as political obsessives indulge their fascination with the politics of the US. I stand guilty as charged, but – like the FT’s Janan Ganesh – …

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Local and general

Lewis Baston  |  27 February 2015

Every general election is decided in the marginal parliamentary constituencies. The public, and sometimes even political insiders, have the impression that the main parties command armies of campaigners which can be directed with precision. In the imagination, we have Lynton Crosby and Greg Cook playing first world war generals and moving model armies around a …

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Britain can prevent another war in Gaza

Andrew Dismore  |  27 February 2015

Last summer’s war in Gaza caused a great deal of division as passions ran high about both Hamas’ rocket bombardment against Israel and the nature of Israel’s response. I was pleased, therefore, to see Labour Friends of Israel this week launch a new campaign with an aim which I hope will unite rather than divide: …

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Lowering student fees will restore the promise of Britain

Tom Bewick  |  27 February 2015

Ed Miliband’s announcement committing a future Labour government to cutting university tuition fees by a third is a game changer in this election. Vice-chancellors will no doubt shout loudly about a funding shortfall. Yet they personally have been cocooned from the great recession, as the inflation busting double-digit pay increases awarded to them over the …

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Health money devolution is good news for Manchester

Sue Murphy  |  26 February 2015

It has been another exciting week in Greater Manchester. At the forefront of devolution, with the first combined authority in the country, getting more control locally over services that make a difference to our city and citizens. Manchester is a growing city – the main economic driver for the region, and the biggest economy outside …

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Could minority government lead to ‘pork barrel’ politics?

Rich Durber  |  26 February 2015

British politics loves to borrow from American politics. Whether their rallies, their slogans or their advisers, if something is happening across the pond, it seems we just cannot help but want a piece of the action. One thing it seems we have never been tempted by however is the way that American’s make laws. More …

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We must make PSHE education statutory

Simon Blake  |  26 February 2015

Data on teenage conceptions in England and Wales published this week by the Office for National Statistics shows both the under-18 and under-16 conception rate are the lowest they have been for over 40 years. In the face of official statistical evidence of a year-on-year decline in conception rates, even the most die hard naysayer …

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When we are out of step with public opinion we must change

Angela Eagle MP  |  26 February 2015

At business questions this week I raised the latest set of quarterly migration figures that were released today. It is clear that David Cameron’s pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands is now in tatters. Instead of reducing net migration it is now higher than it was at the start of this …

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Britain needs Labour’s child abuse reforms

Sarah Champion MP  |  25 February 2015

‘Make sure every child matters and every child is heard’, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told us this week as she announced Labour’s plans for tackling child abuse, and that is exactly what needs to happen. Protection for all children should be at the centre of our thinking and our policies. Better awareness, earlier prevention …

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Labour must renew the pledge to end child poverty

Andrew Harrop  |  25 February 2015

1999 is in the headlines today, with news that the stock market has finally surpassed its dot-com peak. But a new Fabian Society report looks back to another key moment in 1999: Tony Blair’s historic pledge to end child poverty within 20 years. Action on child poverty was a top priority in the 11 years …

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