February, 2016

We must devolve to tackle the Tories’ school places crisis

Lucy Powell MP  |  29 February 2016

As offers for secondary school places go out in the post today, parents of 10- and 11-year-olds will be bracing themselves. They will be hoping they will not be like one of the 84,000 families that did not get their preferred choice secondary school last year – a figure that could well rise again this …

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Cities need the freedom and opportunity inside Europe

Marvin Rees  |  29 February 2016

While I hesitate to draw on the insights of a former Conservative leader, it seems appropriate when they show up the weakness in the argument of another. When Iain Duncan Smith underpinned his Brexit case on Andrew Marr with an appeal to optimism and British pride I was reminded of an insight shared by John …

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Cameron’s continuing failure on immigration

Thom Brooks  |  29 February 2016

With the European Union referendum on 23 June fast approaching, today’s migration statistics will cause more headaches for the government. First, the good news for David Cameron. The latest figures show net migration fell. Cameron’s problem is it was by the smallest of numerical hairs – down 13,000 to 323,000 from its high of 336,000 …

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Excuses and prevarication will no longer wash

Ian Murray MP  |  26 February 2016

The old adage that one day of a Labour government is better than an eternity of Tory rule is as valid today as it ever was. But if socialism is – as Nye Bevan famously said – the language of priorities, and politics the art of the possible, the only way we are going to …

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Our party is nothing without its members and activists

Rohullah Yakobi  |  26 February 2016

Each year Progress organises a political weekend full of workshops, seminars and plenaries with Labour’s front bench and leading progressive thinkers. Held at the NUT’s Stoke Rochford Hall, the event has become a regular feature in the Labour political calendar. This year’s political weekend is coming up on 12 and 13 March. To apply for a bursary …

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We have always belonged

Ellie Groves  |  26 February 2016

Each year Progress organises a political weekend full of workshops, seminars and plenaries with Labour’s front bench and leading progressive thinkers. Held at the NUT’s Stoke Rochford Hall, the event has become a regular feature in the Labour political calendar. This year’s political weekend is coming up on 12 and 13 March. To apply for a bursary …

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Three weeks to stop Trump, while Clinton builds lead 

William Bain  |  25 February 2016

With a comprehensive win in the Nevada caucuses – across every demographic group – Donald Trump is strengthening his grip on the Republican party presidential nomination battle. Adding to his victories in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries earlier in the month, this latest win is particularly significant, showing even in caucus states and …

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Handing over the reins

Richard Angell  |  25 February 2016

Progress has tried to lead the field on the representation of women in the Labour party. We were the first grouping to ban ‘all-male panels’ – long before my time, under the leadership of Jessica Asato – and pushed for the party to limit them at Labour party conference. The Progress strategy board is gender-balanced. …

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Can the Welfare State Survive?

Alison McGovern MP  |  24 February 2016

What do the public care about? Well, outside immigration and the economy, the pollsters tell us that there is one other topic that dominates the national conversation: welfare. So what you make of the welfare state, and its future, is no small question in British politics. Controversial television programmes such as Benefits Street and others …

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Lifting the socio-economic glass ceiling

Lee Elliot Major  |  24 February 2016

The Sutton Trust pioneered research into the educational backgrounds of those at the top of the United Kingdom’s professions when our first report, on the legal profession, was published a decade ago. Since then, we have studied a variety of fields: from members of the House of Commons, to leading news journalists, to those most …

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