March, 2015

Lab7Scots: liveblog

Progress  |  31 March 2015

Following the three seats challenge model, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 April 2015, Progress continues the campaign tours in Scotland to help comrades up against the Scottish National party. In two days, in seven seats, the volunteers on Lab7Scots over 1,000 conversations were had. Lab3Seats founder and director of Progress, Richard Angell, talks to …

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Fear and loathing on the campaign trail

Jamie Reed MP  |  31 March 2015

Hunter S Thompson was a genius and a hero of mine. He created an entirely new journalistic form and transformed political reporting. Taken to task by the ‘straight’ political correspondents about his drink- and drug-fuelled reportage of the 1972 US presidential election, he commented that he had produced ‘the least accurate and most truthful’ account …

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children, nursery, toddlers, early years, education, social mobility

Sure Start faces a Tory catastrophe

Michael Pavey  |  31 March 2015

In all the hullabaloo about tonight’s television debate, you might have missed the most significant policy development of the election campaign so far. Labour estimate that a Tory election victory could lead to the closure of 1,000 Sure Start centres. This represents a third of all the centres open today. And it would mean a …

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The clickbait election

Matt Forde  |  31 March 2015

Don’t be seduced by titillating titles, warns Matt Forde I’ve just had an email from Tim Farron. The subject line read: ‘Did you see what Nigel Farage said?’ Given the titillating nature of the title, what I read inside was very disappointing. Shock horror, Nigel Farage said something silly about immigration. I thought it was …

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Taking on the populist threat

Dan Jarvis MP and Tristram Hunt MP  |  31 March 2015

Tristram Hunt and Dan Jarvis share their thoughts on how to tackle the Green party and Ukip on the doorstep Photo: UK Labour

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More families in debt is the real price of Cameron’s policies

Seema Malhotra MP  |  31 March 2015

Figures released yesterday by the National Debtline show shocking levels of people using the helpline each year due to unmanageable debt. In Feltham and Heston, where I am standing for re-election, 800 people have called the helpline in the last year. And National Debtline estimate that only one sixth of the people who need advice …

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Letter from … Norwich North

Jessica Asato  |  31 March 2015

I sit writing this after listening to George Osborne’s budget with my new baby girl sleeping nearby. Since I have had a child I worry even more about what the decisions being made today might mean for her in the next 20 or 30 years. Issues which were once a matter of high principle become …

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Don’t be an April fool

Sophie Duder  |  31 March 2015

Six weeks ago some friends and I set up RegistHERtoVOTE – an online action group to encourage women to check they are on the electoral register and get their voices heard. And today, with 20 days to go before the electoral register closes, we launch our website and campaign officially.  ‘Don’t be an April fool, …

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Maintaining the richness in language opportunity

Nic Dakin MP  |  31 March 2015

I think everybody agrees that language learning is a good thing. But like many ‘good things’ it needs government backing to happen. Whilst ramping up the positive rhetoric on learning languages the Conservative government has wreaked havoc in the real world. First of all it savagely cut post-16 funding making it increasingly difficult for post-16 …

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Sex, storks and gooseberry bushes

Frances Rehal  |  31 March 2015

In 2000 the first Sure Start programme in Kent was developed in Millmead, an estate on the outskirts of Margate in Kent. Sure Start was a high-profile New Labour initiative which aimed to give young children living in deprived communities such as Millmead a better start in life by creating opportunities for them and their …

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