Liveblog: Summer budget 2015

Follow all of today’s budget as it happens, with reaction and comment from Stuart Hudson, Claire Reynolds, and the Progress team.

Stuart Hudson is a former adviser to Gordon Brown. Claire Reynolds is a councillor on Tameside council

Photo: BBC News

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18.33 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Check out Alison McGovern’s speech on the budget in the House of Commons today

 

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14.34 Wednesday 16 March 2016

A budget with a few surprises, but the focus should be on the big fiscal numbers. Borrowing up, productivity down, growth down. George Osborne has missed the second of his three targets from last year, with debt going up as a proportion of GDP. His final target, to have a surplus by 2020, is now under threat and it is unclear where the cuts to meet this will come from.

The biggest spending was on tax cuts, with billions spent on income tax cuts, a completely unnecessary further slashing of corporation tax to 17 per cent and massive reductions on capital gains tax – already being dubbed a tax cut for tycoons.

A tax on sugary drinks will grab headlines, but there was nothing for manufacturers, nothing on childcare, nothing to help the WASPI women.

It was billed as a budget for the next generation, but it is the next chancellor that will pick up the bill.

~ Alison McGovern MP

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12.56 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Osborne breaks his debt target. Debt is UP as a percentage of GDP. As predicted in Red Box on Monday.

Bad news for the chancellor. He has already broken two of his three fiscal targets.

~ Alison McGovern MP

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12.46 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Osborne very careful to play up disruption caused by potentially leaving.

But his own former chief of staff, Rupert Harrison, has blamed the referendum itself on poor economic activity.

~ Alison McGovern MP

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12.46 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Jess Phillips tweets that Osborne doesn’t look that confident in the chamber. He knows he has bad news.

 ~ Alison McGovern MP

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12.31 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Chris Leslie asks a good question at PMQs on wisdom of Osborne ‘banking’ £27bn in the autumn statement, money that has now vanished.

Cameron can’t answer, just repeats the jobs figures.

This will be a big story of today’s budget.

 ~ Alison McGovern MP

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11.58 Wednesday 16 March 2016

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11.03 Wednesday 16 March 2016

With business rates in the news today, it is great to see Haringey Council, led by the fantastic Claire Kober, becoming the first borough in London to offer rates discounts to businesses opening in new and converted workspace.

Once again, Labour in local government setting the pace on innovative, pro-business, reform.

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10.37 Wednesday 16 March 2016

The noises coming out of the Treasury are that this will be billed as a budget ‘for the next generation’. So expect Osborne to emphasise measures around education, help to save and home ownership.

But this does not fit with his retreat from reforming pensions tax relief for wealthy pensioners, which could have been used to extend childcare or boost savings for lower earners.

A lot of focus will now turn to the detail on how much Osborne is really intending to spend on childcare and education, and whether he will do anything meaningful to reform the housing market.

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10.06 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Times reporting that they will reduce capital gains tax for second home-owners.

They will spin this as a solution to the housing crisis, but it is a HUGE tax cut for those who have profited from the crisis.

It is unbelievable that Osborne thinks the people most in need of a tax cuts are those with second homes. He should spend the money on increasing supply.

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09.43 Wednesday 16 March 2016

Delivering a budget is always a careful art. The chancellor faces many constraints: a bad forecast or a sudden drop in revenue can change the shape of the announcement dramatically. It is also difficult to turn what is often a hodge-podge of minor tweaks and revisions into a coherent story about government policy.

Analysing a budget is no less difficult. You have to know what to look for, and be alive to the tricks the government might employ to throw you off the scent of any hidden devilry in the red book.

This budget is particularly tricky for George Osborne. The £27bn he famously ‘found down the back of the sofa’ last time around seems to have vanished as the economy underperforms expectations. He is caught needing more cuts, but also wanting to deliver big tax cuts to appease the Tory members of parliament and voters who will determine his chances of being prime minister.

What to look out for:

  • Debt/GDP. It was the only one of Osborne’s targets left standing at the end of the last parliament, and he may be about to fail it after less than a year this time. Osborne promised to get debt falling as a percentage of GDP by this year, and has even flogged nearly £31bn of UK assets to try to make this a reality. But with the collapse in the share price of our financial assets, and growth looking weaker than expected, will he miss his own target yet again? I wrote about this on Monday, and the Financial Times have led with it today, so it looks a good bet.
  • Business rates. We have some of the highest property taxes for businesses anywhere in the world and, with the world of business changing rapidly, the system is in need of a thorough review. Osborne’s review is due to report and, because the changes have to be fiscally neutral, he will have to choose which sector to help. High streets and retail, especially in northern towns where rates can be double rent or higher, have been pushing for reform for a while. But manufacturers will be hopeful that Osborne will respond to the troubles facing the steel industry by exempting planted machinery from rates.
  • ‘Life chances’. This is the prime minister’s watchword at the moment, his legacy project. You can expect the phrase to be used multiple times by Osborne, with a variety of little measures spun as being about improving life chances. Cash for extending the school day and tackling homelessness has already been leaked; expect more in this vein.
  • Cuts and tax rises. Osborne has said he needs to find an extra £4bn in cuts in this budget if he is to remain on course for a surplus in 2020, more if he goes ahead with income taxes cuts by raising the personal allowance and the 40p band. The problem is there is not much left to cut that would not make his own side flinch. Osborne retreated after rumours that he would raid pensions went down badly with Tories, but measures such as raising fuel duty would be equally unpopular.

 

What he should do:

  • Support manufacturers with business rates reform. The current system is perverse. Manufacturers are actively discouraged from investing in their sites because doing so raises their rates. It is crippling whole industries and holding the economy back. This must change.
  • Action to help savers. Rachel Reeves has written about the savings crisis facing the country and has proposed a flat rate of pensions tax relief, a policy that would have significant benefits to low earners without placing an extra burden on taxpayers. It looks as though Osborne will resurrect Labour’s ‘Help to Save’ policy that he cancelled in 2010, calling it ‘unaffordable’. But more than this will be required if he is serious about defusing the savings time-bomb.
  • Extension of childcare. If he really wants to help ‘life chances’, then childcare is the obvious place to start. Liz Kendall has powerfully made the case for early interventions, and I have written about how extending free childcare would be an effective labour market intervention, as well as big boost for educational inequality.
  • WASPI. How can a chancellor preach the importance of saving, but then continue to penalise women who have worked all their lives with unfair pension changes? If Osborne does nothing for the WASPI women then it will be a missed opportunity.

 

And finally …

Leaking the idea of converting all remaining schools into academies is clearly intended to distract attention from a miserable budget, but this is a fight for another day. Labour must not fall into the trap, today is a day for holding Osborne’s feet to the fire on his economic failure.

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15.30 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The first Tory budget since Autumn 1996 has just finished. Harriet Harman has replied on behalf of the Labour party and promised a ‘new kind of opposition’ that will avoid the temptation to just oppose the government. She – and the rest of the Labour frontbench – will now be hoping this unfolds. Each of the Labour leadership candidates will be keen to provide their response. Will they keep to Harman’s promise about the style of opposition that will work for Labour?

First look sees Liz Kendall go straight for the contradictions in the chancellor’s statement and their lack of competence as she points out they are offering the 2011 living wage in April 2016. Yvette Cooper has jumped on a cut to oppose – grants for students – which will be good for the selectorate, but could be a hostage to fortune with the electorate if it looks like Labour will return to just opposing cuts. Andy Burnham has returned to a theme he has tried in own in the campaign – the plight of young people. Jeremy Corbyn has not lead on austerity – I am sure this will come – but focused on tax evasion. I am sure there will be more.

Today’s liveblog – see below – has included excellent contributions from Stuart Hudson, former adviser to Gordon Brown, and Claire Reynolds, a councillor on Tameside council.

The former points out that:

Osborne has laid his trap. He promises there will be a Commons vote on his new fiscal charter in the ‘autumn’. What’s the betting that he times it for the week between the new Labour leader being elected and the start of the party conference season?

Will he be right?

The latter goes to the heart of the politics and Osborne’s intension to cause the Labour party maximum damage:

The Tories clearly have one strategy: where the Labour approach was strong in the last parliament, adopt and assume leadership on the issues. This leaves the areas where Labour was weaker further more exposed.

Will it work?

I would like to thanks both for their contributions. ProgressOnline has some additional responses to follow. Watch this space.

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14.19 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The leader of the opposition has the hardest job on budget day. You have to respond to the chancellor’s speech before you have even seen the red book, and all while you are being barracked by hundreds of Tory members of parliament.

In Harriet Harman’s case there is an added challenge. As an interim leader after an election defeat, she cannot simply repeat the economic policies which were rejected by the public in May, but neither does she have the mandate to set out a new direction for the party. Instead, she has rightly focused on exposing the contradictions in George Osborne’s professed ‘one nation’ approach and attached his neglect of some of the big long term decisions, especially on infrastructure.

Faced with an impossible task Harman has acquitted herself well in the chamber just now, and this follows a series of strong performances at prime minister’s questions and a bravura performance in the debate on the queen’s speech in June. She is once again doing an excellent job as leader and the party owes her a debt of gratitude.

Now attention will turn to the views of the Labour leadership contenders – as it is the new leader who will face the challenge of winning back trust on the economy, and it is a task they must start on day one.

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14.00 Wednesday 08 July 2015

As trade unionists, the third sector and anti-austerity campaigners take to Twitter to understandably highlight the extent of the likely impact of this latest assault on the welfare state, it is hard to deny the barnstorming nature of Osborne’s conclusion. A ‘national living wage’. A claim to be the party of working people. A long budget speech, but packed with content. The Conservative party leadership contest has just began in earnest.

Harriet Harman’s steadiness and reliability are to be our strength today. Any other spokesperson might be expected to falter in the face of both unexpected giveaways and sheer hubris over our dividing lines.

Echoes of Liz Kendall inform Harman’s opening gambit that, ‘We best serve the country by being a grown up and constructive opposition’. But our primary argument that moving to a higher paid economy is the better route to reduce the social security bill regrettably sounds weakened following Osborne’s announced ‘national living wage’.

We have been off-footed. Our response over the next 24 hours could determine our success over the next 12 months.

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13.53 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The chancellor is on stronger ground when he says that that workers deserve a pay rise and that the minimum wage should rise.

But let’s wait for the detail as there may be less to it than meets the eye. If the national living wage is going to be £9 an hour by 2020 – in 2020 prices rather than 2015 prices – it may be worth rather less than the living wage, as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.

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13.50 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.49 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.46 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The chancellor has sat down but the 24 hour budget ‘spin cycle’ is really just beginning.

Up until now, Osborne has held all the cards. He stood up knowing what was in his budget and how he wanted to announce, or hide, each measure. Harriet Harman now has to respond without even having seen the red book of budget decisions.

But over the next few hours, the balance changes. Labour’s talented research team will pore over the documents to work out where the weaknesses are. When they spot them and brief the media, it can be hard for the government to fight back if the key Treasury officials has slipped out to the Red Lion after weeks of working flat out.

We will get a sense of how all this is playing out by the time of the evening news bulletins, and shortly afterwards when the first editions of tomorrow’s papers come out.

Tomorrow lunchtime eyes in Westminster will be on the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ crucial post-budget briefing. More details here.

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13.46 Wednesday 08 July 2015

And so to the crux of today’s debate: the assault on working tax credits. The chancellor highlights how the level of public expenditure in this area has ballooned since New Labour introduced them. There is no escape from this truism, nor should a progressive party look to find one.

In Greater Manchester, despite upwards of 40 per cent cuts to local authority budgets, overall public expenditure for the city region only fell from £23.3 billion in 2007/8 to £22.7 billion in 2013/14 solely because the increase in welfare expenditure outpaced even the rapid cuts to local government budgets. We have inadvertently robbed Peter to pay Paul, and the irony and short-termism is evident.

Each side has an elephant in the room extremely visible here. The Tories must make a stronger case as to how they will make work pay. Labour must make an equally robust defence as to how we could achieve significant welfare savings whilst avoiding such acute damage to the most vulnerable. The challenge is immense.

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13.42 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The big rabbit out of the chancellor’s hat …

A new, supposed ‘national living wage’. It will start in April and it will be compulsory, £9 per hour by 2020. It sounds like this will replace the minimum wage, but will the Low Pay Commission have oversight of what the level is, or will it be set by government? Is this just a rebrand of the minimum wage? The devil will be in the detail.

‘One budget, one purpose, one nation!’ declares Osborne as he finishes his statement.

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13.40 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.40 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The Chancellor announces big cuts in tax credits at the same time as cuts in corporation tax and inheritance tax.

There are two key things for Labour to remember here. First, Ed Miliband was right in his critique of the Tories and their priorities. Second, we only get to implement Labour’s priorities instead if we win the election.

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13.37 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.36 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.31 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.30 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.29 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.25 Wednesday 08 July 2015

Osborne powers ahead on devolution, announcing fire services, a land commission and children’s services will now fall within the Greater Manchester deal. I welcome these as tremendous opportunities for truly localised decision making.

Credit should be paid to the leaders of Greater Manchester authorities for their quickness to share this opportunity for broadening the city-wide budget and boosting scope for addressing our unique challenges with genuinely integrated public spending.

The necessary and obvious national Labour response must be to go further still. I hope a commissioner for schools and further powers on transport are proffered from our benches.

Osborne also clarifies the roll out of devolution deals across other areas, from Mersyside to the Penines, and beyond to the Midlands and South West.

Interestingly, the chancellor reiterates that elected mayors must be part and parcel of any agreement, quashing rumours that more resistant conurbations may negotiates mayor-free powers. Anyone bruised by this announcement should lick their wounds quickly. The opportunity for a whole new level of public engagement and accountability should no longer be shunned.

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13.13 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The first of those ‘surprises’ I predicted packs a killer punch: permanent non-dom status abolished. This could be the most material element of Ed Miliband and Ed Ball’s legacy. Labour members of parliament were visibly taken aback by this leap into opposition territory.

The Tories clearly have one strategy: where the Labour approach was strong in the last parliament, adopt and assume leadership on the issues. This leaves the areas where Labour was weaker further more exposed.

We have seen this approach on consumer rights, childcare funding and devolution. We now see it on challenging skewed opportunities for the super rich. Labour will need to act quickly to rightfully claim this victories, but further more to join the dots on our remaining policy positions into a more cohesive narrative.

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13.03 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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13.01 Wednesday 08 July 2015

Two steps of offence as defence from the chancellor:

‘As I said they would, those with the broadest shoulders are bearing the greatest burden, for we are all in this together.’ Osborne sets a rosy narrative within which to contextualise the expected announcement on cuts to inheritance tax.

‘The gender pay gap at an all time low’. A clever tactic to take the wind from the sails of Labour’s call for transparency reporting. The extent to which the pay gap has been narrowed is negligible, and more likely the result of the insecurity of the current labour market than a sustainable downhill trajectory.

Doubtless Harriet Harman, a longterm campaigner in this area, will not be thrown by this posturing. But Labour need to focus on why breaking down barriers to women’s fuller participation in all sectors of the labour market is crucial for business success and for growing GDP as well as fairer for families.

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12.57 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.56 Wednesday 08 July 2015

George Osborne throws down a challenge to other parties to back a ‘new settlement’ on public spending.  How should Labour respond if we are to win back fiscal credibility?

I explored this issue in the June edition of Progress magazine but the fact is that we will not get a clear answer today.

Public spending – and Labour’s record on it – is a central issue in the leadership election and it will be another two months before our new leader is in place.

That makes it even more important that the new leader moves quickly to set out a position on spending in which the voters can have confidence.  The next Labour leader must define him/herself or the Tories will do it for them.

And Osborne has laid his trap.  He promises there will be a Commons vote on his new fiscal charter in the ‘autumn’. What’s the betting that he times it for the week between the new Labour leader being elected and the start of the party conference season?

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12.52 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.52 Wednesday 08 July 2015

George Osborne claims that Britain’s economic growth shows that his plan is working – but there is a correlation-causation problem here.

After Osborne became Chancellor in 2010 and cut spending, economic growth fell sharply. Did the spending cuts cause the slowdown? Osborne says no, and instead blames the crisis in the Eurozone.

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that he is right.

Having denied that his policies caused the downturn, it is tricky for him to claim credit for the upturn from 2013 on the basis of thosesame policies.

The rebound may have started because of Osborne’s policies, or in spite of them, or there might have been no connection whatsoever. Economists disagree. There is even a case for saying, as Simon Wren-Lewis points out here, that it was the Chancellor’s decision to easethe pace of deficit reduction in 2012 that helped get the recovery going.

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12.51 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.48 Wednesday 08 July 2015

Prime minister’s questions concludes with the last laugh going to Cameron:

The Labour party ignored the north for years and they cannot bear the fact that it’s a Conservative prime minister and a Conservative chancellor sitting for a seat in the north west that is putting these issues firmly on the agenda and funding them.

Hard to deny elements of truth in this. It’s time for Labour to lead on this once more and prevent the PM gaining further ground in what is clearly alien territory for them.

Osborne begins with talk of a ‘one nation budget’, a thinly veiled mockery of an abandoned campaign slogan which saw Labour chase it’s own tail at the general election. He moves on to promise a ‘bold’ budget, which will ‘cut the deficit at the same pace as we did in the last parliament’, adding ‘we shouldn’t go faster, we shouldn’t go slower’. Tory confidence in a ‘more of the same’ approach is as predictable as it is disheartening.

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12.45 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The ‘northern powerhouse’ was considered a coup for the Tories before the general election. Local government in our urban centres have shown themselves to deserve new powers – both over public services in their area and their local economies. Labour must falter no more on real devolution, as Claire Reynolds points out. But this government cannot renege on what are just starter proposals. A northern rail solution is key to this to link our northern sites and north-east and north-west coasts and economies.

Progress vice-chair Jonathan Reynolds gets to the numb of the issue at PMQs ahead of the summer budget today:

The decision to indefinitely pause the electrification of the Trannspennine rail line through Stalybridge and Mossley, means my constituents face many more years of delayed trains, cramped journeys and less frequent services. Are these the characteristics of a Northern Powerhouse?

His colleague Jeff Smith of Manchester Withington piles in afterwards. All the prime minister could say is that this is not a ‘stop’ but a ‘pause’. The north have waited too long and can wait no longer.

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12.44 Wednesday 08 July 2015

‘We will be a one nation government…’

Cameron and Osborne have both clearly sought to reclaim ‘one nation’ to the Tory brand. Will this be a one nation budget? If pre-briefing is to be believed, probably not.

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12.42 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.41 Wednesday 08 July 2015

‘You only have to look at Greece…’

This is a red herring. Britain is not in same position as Greece, just as it was not when Labour left office in 2010.

A crucial factor in Greece’s predicament is that it is in the Eurozone and so does not have control over its monetary policy.  We have our own currency, which was able to adjust after the recession and help exporters, and we have our own central bank. Britain is not going to default on its debts.

Partly because of this, the markets have been happy to lend to the United Kingdom’s government at low interest rates, under both Alistair Darling’s and George Osborne’s chancellorships. Indeed, the worse things got in the Eurozone, the more attractive the markets found the safety of UK debt.

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12.39 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.38 Wednesday 08 July 2015

David Cameron has been drawing attention to the UK’s high employment rate – but what he has not mentioned is the role that tax credits have played in achieving that.

Tax credits make it worthwhile for someone to take a job irrespective of their family circumstances.  Cutting tax credits is likely to reverse this effect and lead to more people out of work, as Chris Giles of the FT argues compellingly here.

And there is no reason to think that a reduction in tax credits would lead employers automatically to fill the gap with higher wages.  Gavin Kelly of the Resolution Foundation, and a former colleague of mine in Number 10, has an article on this issue which is well worth reading.

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12.36 Wednesday 08 July 2015

Following their surprise election win and majority, Tory backbenchers are in in a boisterous mood in the chamber ahead of the chancellor’s statement. We will now see the scale of the cuts to struggling communities, which a Labour government could have avoided or tempered.

It is a reminder how, by losing, the Labour party has let down those who need it most.

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12.28 Wednesday 08 July 2015

Chatter from the Westminster bubble suggests the chancellor may have some surprise cards to play today, in addition to the well briefed ‘austerity max’ measures we expect on welfare. Acting in a coalition limited the extent to which the Tories could indulge in the theatre of budget day. The freedom and clearer mandate of their majority now gives the government greater movement for catching the opposition off guard with announcements in areas in which our divisions or weaknesses may lead to a faltered response.

The Northern Powerhouse could well be one of those areas. The Queen’s Speech indicated imminent action on this contentious pilot of devolution, yet meat on the bones is still outstanding. I would be surprised if Osborne did not use this afternoon’s pulpit to announce that further powers will be on the table. Let’s hope Harriet Harman is ready to push loudly for Labour to go further and smarter.

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12.24 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.21 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.20 Wednesday 08 July 2015

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12.14 Wednesday 08 July 2015

MPs have taken their seats in the chamber for PMQs and the summer budget. At this stage before budget announcements I am always reminded of the year when, at the height of the Blair/Brown tensions, the budget the chancellor was due to announce was almost news to the prime minister, having been shared with him, and his staff like me, just moments before it was shared with the press.

No such divisions are apparent today between self-declared lame duck Cameron and potential successor Osborne. Their apparent unity is a strength we on the shadow benches would do well to remember.

With a backdrop of a Labour leadership contest, today is a clear opportunity for our party to demonstrate that we can form a strong, single voice to the country, over and above our internal wranglings as a party. The pre-briefed headlines of today’s budget should give us plenty of territory on which our alternative message can be confident, clear and strategic.

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12.10 Wednesday 08 July 2015

For who said Labour’s pre-election plans were Tory-lite will be regretting those statements as George Osborne stands up in the House of Commons today. Had Ed Balls been standing up today there would have been tough choices, cuts too. But nothing of the kind we will see today.

Ed Miliband’s plan to freeze child benefit in the short terms pails into insignificance as the chancellor limits child benefit to the first two children going forward. Children living in poverty are most likely to have at least two siblings.

In my last editorial, I remarked on how too many in the parliamentary Labour party ‘have failed to notice that the outcome of the election is that they do not have enough colleagues to abolish the bedroom tax and have focused instead on the fact that they now have someone in second place in their seats, in the form of the United Kingdom Independence party.’ Maybe watching Osborne in full flow is the wake up call they need so we as a party can ‘Go to the dark places‘.

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12.04 Wednesday 08 July 2015

David Camerson is taking his first questions at today’s prime minister’s questions. Watch out for Sally Gimson’s PMQ’s on Progress review later today.

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11.59 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The summer budget statement will follow prime minister’s questions at 12.30pm. Labour’s leader Harriet Harman MP will giver Labour’s response to the budget.

PMQs is starting shortly

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11.36 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The chancellor George Osborne is on his way to the House of Commons to present today’s budget

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11.31 Wednesday 08 July 2015

We are told that today’s Budget will be a ‘bold’ one – and I think that is probably true. For a start politicians like being bold, as my friend Steve Van Riel has previously explained, and a post-election Budget is the one when a Chancellor can most easily take unpopular decisions.

But another reason to expect big announcements today is the departure of the Lib Dems (and I don’t mean because they were somehow a restraining influence under the Coalition).
In the last few years we got used to the government’s pre-Budget discussions being played out in the media. But George Osborne is now able to run a much tighter ship and that has been evident in the careful way key measures have been briefed out in the past few days.
On Monday it was the £20k welfare cap, yesterday it was the Sunday trading shake-up, and this morning it was the rise in the 40p threshold. There will certainly be at least one further big story to be revealed when Osborne stands up at 12.30.

The unanswered question is, in which direction will his boldness take him? Will we see audacious landgrabs of Labour territory, an ideological swing to the right or the miscalculated gambles of the ‘omnishambles’ Budget of 2012?

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12.00 Friday 03 April 2015

Lab3Seats founder and director of Progress, Richard Angell, talks to the candidates in tern as part of the Lab7Scots tour. Watch them back today:

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00.56 Friday 03 April 2015

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20.02 Thursday 02 April 2015

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19.32 Thursday 02 April 2015

Being out with Melanie Ward in Glenrothes might have been the last leg of the Lab7seats tour but she energised us on arrival and sent us out to meet her potenial voters. Together we made loads of contacts and started important conversations about how we make our country stronger. I for one cannot wait to have Melanie Ward on those green benches fighting for justice and opportunity for her constituents.

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19.30 Thursday 02 April 2015

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19.28 Thursday 02 April 2015

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17.10 Thursday 02 April 2015

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17.00 Thursday 02 April 2015

Glenrothes | Melanie Ward
Corner of Peploe Drive and Pitcairn Avenue, KY7 6FR

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16.59 Thursday 02 April 2015

We got the sunshine and the enthusiasm this afternoon as the Lab7Scots tour  – a Scottish Lab3Seats special – hit my home seat of Edinburgh East and Sheila Gilmore‘s big local team was swelled by the welcome arrival of our friends from the south!

The sunny weather was matched on the doors as a notable number of folk who said they had left Labour in the past were now talking about “coming home”. The strong policies that Ed Miliband and Jim Murphy have been championing, especially on zero-hour contracts and the living wage, are really motivating people to vote Labour.

Sheila is one of Scotland’s hardest working members of parliament, and it was wonderful to be joined by so many Labour friends helping to re-elect her as Edinburgh East’s champion in Westminster come May.

A huge thank you to Richard and the team for their massive effort. Enjoy Glenrothes!

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15.22 Thursday 02 April 2015

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14.02 Thursday 02 April 2015

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14.01 Thursday 02 April 2015

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13.30 Thursday 02 April 2015

Edinburgh East | Sheila Gilmore
Junction of Dalkeith Road and Priestfield Road EH22 1AP

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13.28 Thursday 02 April 2015

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13.21 Thursday 02 April 2015

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13.16 Thursday 02 April 2015

It is fantastic to see the Three Seats Challenge come up to Scotland on the Lab7Scots challenge. There was an excellent response for Ian Murray and lots of recognition for his hard work including to save Hearts.

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12.51 Thursday 02 April 2015

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12.18 Thursday 02 April 2015

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11.19 Thursday 02 April 2015

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11.03 Thursday 02 April 2015

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10.53 Thursday 02 April 2015

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10.30 Thursday 02 April 2015

Edinburgh South | Ian Murray
Corner of Wolridge Road and Liberton Brae, Edinburgh EH16 6HX

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10.13 Thursday 02 April 2015

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22.52 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Tomorrow we resume the #Lab7Scots campaign tour.

Thursday 2 April 2015

10.30am: Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) Corner of Wolridge Road and Liberton Brae, Edinburgh EH16 6HX

1.30pm: Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore) Junction of Dalkeith Road and Priestfield Road EH22 1AP

4.30pm: Glenrothes (Melanie Ward) Corner of Peploe Drive and Pitcairn Avenue, KY7 6FR

You can follow all of our updates live from the doorstep here. Join us!

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22.45 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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22.01 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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21.17 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Our last stop of the day was to Airdrie and Shotts to campaign for Pamela Nash‘s reelection the May.

As chair of the Labour Party Irish Society, it was a particular pleasure to help out our hard-working vice president on the doorstep. She has been a great supporter of the Irish community in Britain, making sure the concerns of the diaspora community are heard loud and clear.

As the light faded our numbers grew and we made over 300 contacts with four teams out chapping doors. The seat is where Pamela was born and brought up in and she has a clear knowledge of the area and it’s issues. Support for Labour was strong. It’s clear the fact that the only way to stop the Tories getting a disastrous second term is to vote Labour.

But Pamela’s not taking anything for granted and will be out every day between now and 7 May. We all hope to see her back in parliament after polling day.

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Matthew Doyle is chair, Labour party Irish society

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21.01 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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19.59 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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19.26 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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19.23 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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19.00 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Airdrie and Shotts | Pamela Nash
Plains Community Centre, Main Street, ML6 7JG

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18.48 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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18.43 Wednesday 01 April 2015

We have just finished a very productive doorstep in Cumbernauld for Gregg McClymont. Buoyed by the fact that the polls show the gap is closing quickly between Labour and the Scottish National party, this seat demonstrates how much of a difference our local Labour teams make.

There is an army of determined volunteers bracing the wind, rain and snow in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch being led by some of the most effective board runners in the country.

We cannot wait to see Gregg back in parliament in 36 days time.

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Matthew Faulding is assistant director, Progress

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18.08 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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17.50 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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17.34 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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16.59 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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16.58 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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16.46 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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16.30 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch | Gregg McClymont
Lennox House, Lennox Road, Cumbernauld G27 1LL

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16.18 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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16.15 Wednesday 01 April 2015

It was great to be on the campaign trail with Gemma Doyle this afternoon. It was encouraging on the doorstep – with recent polls showing a six per cent gap there is all to play for and that was very apparent here.

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Jamie Glackin is chair of the Scottish Executive Committee

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16.07 Wednesday 01 April 2015

It alternated between bright sun and driving rain in Clydebank this afternoon as we knocked on doors for Gemma Doyle in West Dunbartonshire, just north-west of Glasgow. The county voted for independence last year but there were plenty willing to take Labour posters for the window, amid much concern about continued austerity under the Tories.

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15.57 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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15.34 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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15.15 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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15.14 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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15.13 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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13.59 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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13.58 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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13.30 Wednesday 01 April 2015

West Dunbartonshire | Gemma Doyle
Morar Road off Kilbowie Rd, Clydebank, G81 2YE

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12.51 Wednesday 01 April 2015

The Progress #Lab7Scots team has just finished up campaigning in Glasgow Central for Anas Sarwar – in part of Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency, so right under the first minister’s nose.

Clearly the polls don’t tell the whole picture. While there are too many SNP supporters for our liking there was a good response from many people in diverse areas, and a strong, committed team of local Labour activists who sense things are going their way.

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Adam Harrison is deputy editor, Progress

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12.32 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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10.50 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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10.49 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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10.30 Wednesday 01 April 2015

Glasgow Central | Anas Sarwar
Dumbreck Court, Glasgow, G41 5NH

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10.27 Wednesday 01 April 2015

The best start to the #Lab7Scots. While picking up the hire car, I converted the man behind the desk from a non-voter to a Labour voter. Wants to get the Tories out, thinks what the SNP are offering is too good to be true.

Richard Angell is director of Progress

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10.05 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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09.38 Wednesday 01 April 2015

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18.16 Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tomorrow we are setting off on the #Lab7Scots campaign tour. You can follow all of our updates live from the doorstep here. Join us!

Wednesday 1 April 2015

10.30am: Glasgow Central (Anas Sarwar) Meeting point tbc

1.30pm: West Dunbartonshire (Gemma Doyle) Meeting point tbc

4.30pm: Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch (Gregg McClymont)  Glenacre Road, Carbrain, Cumbernauld, G67 2NS

7pm: Airdrie and Shotts (Pamela Nash) Plains Community Centre, Main Street, ML6 7JG

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12.41 Sunday 22 February 2015

Grand totals are: engaged 321 activists, 717 volunteer hours, 5,105 contacts made.

The daily totals are:

Day 7

Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), Harlow (Suzy Stride), Ilford North (Wes Streeting): engaged 96 activists, 173 volunteer hours, 1,171 contacts made!

Day six

Lincoln (Lucy Rigby), Sherwood (Léonie Mathers), Amber Valley (Kevin Gillott): engaged 35 activists, 93 volunteer hours, 728 contacts made

Day five

Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff), Pudsey (Jamie Hanley), Elmet and Rothwell (Veronica King): engaged 39 activists, 104 volunteer hours, 725 contacts made

Day four

Crewe and Nantwich (Adrian Heald), Weaver Vale (Julia Tickridge), Warrington South (Nick Bent): engaged 30 activists, 74 volunteer hours, 635 contacts

Day three

North Wales challenge:

Arfon (Alun Pugh), Aberconwy (Mary Wimbury), City of Chester (Chris Matheson): engaged 28 activists, 66 volunteer hours, 514 contacts made

South Wales challenge:

Cardiff North (Mari Williams), Cardiff Central (Jo Stevens), Vale of Glamorgan (Chris Elmore): engaged 36 activists, 54 volunteer hours, 348 contacts made

Day two

Worcester (Joy Squires), Redditch (Rebecca Blake) and Birmingham Yardley (Jess Phillips): engaged 34 activists, 78 volunteer hours, 423 contacts made

Day one

Kingswood (Jo McCarron), Stroud (David Drew) and Gloucester (Sophy Gardner): engaged 33 activists, 75 volunteer hours, 561 contacts made

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19.01 Saturday 21 February 2015

The final totals are in:

Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), Harlow (Suzy Stride), Ilford North (Wes Streeting):

engaged 96 activists, 173 volunteer hours, 1,171 contacts made!

That puts the week’s contact targets on:

5,106

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15.19 Saturday 21 February 2015

Had a fab morning in Cambridge with Daniel Zeichner and have just finished in Harlow, where we were joined by the Young Fabians. We had 40 people out door-knocking for the wonderful Suzy Stride and spoke to lots of Labour voters – including one who’s now joining the party! We’re now on the road to Ilford North to support Wes Streeting.

Bex Bailey is the youth rep on Labour’s NEC

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14.59 Saturday 21 February 2015

In today’s three seats challenge we have had a brilliant time campaigning for 3 fantastic candidates in seats that will help determine the 2015 election.

John Woodcock MP is chair of Progress

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11.53 Saturday 21 February 2015

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10.21 Saturday 21 February 2015

We go into the seventh and final day of the three seats challenge on tour having made 3934 contacts so far, an important part of Ed Miliband’s four million conversations target.

Richard Angell is director of Progress

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10.27 Thursday 19 February 2015

This election will be the fight of our lives. But who says it cannot be fun?

With only 11 Thursdays left till polling day, it is great to be out on the road with Progress and the Labour Three Seats team

Today we are campaigning with Paula Sherriff in Dewsbury, Jamie Hanley in Pudsey, and Veronica King in Elmet and Rothwell. Together they represent three of the 10 target seats that Labour need to win back across Yorkshire and the Humber, with a combined majority of fewer than 8,000 votes that we need to overturn.

I know from my previous visits here that Paula, Jamie and Veronica are all hugely committed campaigners and fighting hard to win. If we want Ed Miliband to walk into Downing Street, then we need to give them our every support. That is why the Labour Three Seats challenge is so welcome.

It is what inspired my own three seats trip to Brighton a few months ago, and my nine day, nine region #LabourDoorstep marathon in January. It is a great way of energising our campaign, getting new people involved, and providing crucial support to those key seats that will decide who our prime minister is on 8 May.

In the first half of this week alone Labour Three Seats has engaged more than 130 activists, clocked up nearly 300 volunteer hours, and made close to 2,000 contacts. It shows what we can achieve when we campaign with a sense of mission rather than feeling like it is a household chore.

It is that essential spirit that the Labour Three Seats challenge has brilliantly captured. When the history of the 2015 campaign is written, I am convinced that it will be efforts like this by Labour supporters across the country that people will say made the difference.

 

Dan Jarvis is shadow justice minister and member of parliament for Barnsley Central

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11.13 Wednesday 18 February 2015

First person I meet in Crewe is a Tory to Labour switcher! Good start for @DrAdrianHeald on @Lab3seats #Lab3seats

— Richard Angell (@RichardAngell) February 18, 2015

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23.46 Tuesday 17 February 2015

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09.36 Tuesday 17 February 2015

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17.42 Monday 16 February 2015

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17.37 Monday 16 February 2015

On the day Ed Miliband was in the West Midlands giving a speech on Labour’s plan for prosperity, we were out in force having hundreds of conversations in Worcester, Redditch and Birmingham Yardley talking to voters about what matters to them, and what a Labour government will deliver. A week after the 10th anniversary of the Fabian Women’s Network I’m also really proud to have campaigned today for three amazing women candidates – Joy Squires, Rebecca Blake and Jess Phillips – all of whom are outstanding candidates and will be outstanding MPs. The Labour Three Seats Challenge is on – join us this week.

Seema Malhotra MP is a shadow minister for violence against women and girls and a vice-chair of Progress

To find out where else we are campaigning this week, check out the dates and locations here and do join us as we campaign for a Labour government in May.

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17.25 Monday 16 February 2015

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17.16 Monday 16 February 2015

We’ve just finished in Birmingham with a lovely home-cooked curry put on by Yardley candidate Jess Phillips’ dad What’s clear from Worcester, Redditch and Birmingham is that there are great local Labour teams working trielessly to win. They also know how to put on a great spread, so we’re full of energy for Bangor!

Matthew Faulding is assistant director of Progress

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17.00 Monday 16 February 2015

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16.59 Monday 16 February 2015

And the end of the day with the kettle on:

Labour women make policy, not tea.

Jess Phillips is parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Yardley

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16.51 Monday 16 February 2015

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16.40 Monday 16 February 2015

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15.48 Monday 16 February 2015

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15.10 Monday 16 February 2015

Redditch PPC Rebecca Blake with Progress vice-chair Seema Malhotra MP on the #Lab3Seats tour

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14.00 Monday 16 February 2015

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13.25 Monday 16 February 2015

The time and effort that members put in to key seat campaigning, through initiatives like the 3 Seats Challenge, makes all the difference. This is how we will win the general election.

The challenge aims to make campaigning a fun and welcoming experience for everyone, and I’d really encourage people to come along. Each time we do a 3 Seats Challenge, we’re seeing new people getting involved and fighting for a Labour government. Working together, we can get candidates like Sophy, Jo and David, who I campaigned with this weekend, elected and get a Labour government that changes lives.

Bex Bailey is youth rep on Labour’s NEC

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13.19 Monday 16 February 2015

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12.47 Monday 16 February 2015

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12.08 Monday 16 February 2015

We know the Tories are going to throw a fortune at this campaign. And we know we are going to win a different way. Door-to-door, conversation-by-conversation, getting the Labour message across. That’s how Labour wins. The Tories might outspend us. But they can’t outcampaign us.

Out on the doorsteps in the seats we need to win there’s zero love for the Tories, clear contempt for the Lib Dems and a lot of voters still making up their minds. That’s our opportunity. We’ve got brilliant candidates – like Jo McCarron, David Drew and Sophy Gardner – and a message that connects with the sheer sense of betrayal people feel for this government.

Right now people want purpose, hope, ambition not drift for the future and above all a party that believes action speaks louder than words. That what we’ve got – and that’s why we’re going to win.

Liam Byrne MP is shadow minister for universities, science and skills

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12.06 Monday 16 February 2015

Worcester PPC Joy Squires with Progress vice-chair Seema Malhotra MP on the #Lab3Seats tour

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12.00 Monday 16 February 2015

The M5 corridor currently has no Labour MPs but it has five fabulous candidates ensuring that this area is not forgotten for Labour

Richard Angell is director of Progress

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10.40 Monday 16 February 2015

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