February, 2017

The wrong side of history

Spencer Livermore  |  28 February 2017

In ordering peers to vote against retaining Britain’s membership of the single market, the leadership has placed Labour on the wrong side of history, writes Spencer Livermore The Labour party should always stand up for Britain’s national economic interest. That is why I was so shocked and dismayed – along with many other Labour peers – when our …

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Rejecting the politics of cowardice

Asif Mohammed  |  28 February 2017

Labour must have the moral courage to fight rightwing narratives that dehumanise refugees and asylum seekers, argues Asif Mohammed of the Labour Campaign for Refugees Seven years ago I stood in Rawalphindi’s busy Raja Bazaar drenched in sweat and drinking chai. Renowned throughout south Asia for the skilled craft of its mechanics, all around me were …

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Excuses, excuses

Conor Pope  |  27 February 2017

Progress deputy editor Conor Pope takes a look at some of the most egregious excuses for Labour’s performance in Copeland and Stoke The byelection results in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central should not set alarm bells ringing for the Labour party. The alarm has long since been silenced; ignored until the flames it warned against melted it …

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Tory rate hikes are killing SMEs

Ibrahim Dogus  |  27 February 2017

Philip Hammond’s devastating business rate hikes should put to bed the myth that the Tories are the party of small businesses, argues Ibrahim Dogus The news of catastrophic business rate hikes should put to bed once and for all the myth that the Tory party is somehow a friend to small and medium enterprises. Small and …

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People Shaped Localism

James Derounian  |  27 February 2017

Too often policymakers overlook the potentially transformative potential of the United Kingdom’s 10,000+ parish and town councils, writes James Derounian in response to an RSA report on localism There I was, minding my own business at a Regional Studies Association conference on localism a couple of years ago, when I was woken from torpor by an …

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The Last Word: Byelection disasters

Richard Angell  |  24 February 2017

Corbyn’s project claims another victim, Macron’s clarion call and Daily Mail hypocrisy – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Congratulations to Gareth Snell on holding Stoke-on-Trent Central for Labour. Commiserations to Gill Troughton who ran a brilliant campaign in Copeland. They both did us proud and Labour activists from all wings of the …

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Copeland is a historic defeat

Roger Liddle  |  24 February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, and his opposition to all things nuclear, is to blame for Labour’s historic defeat in the Copeland byelection, argues Roger Liddle Labour has held Copeland and its very similar predecessor constituency of Whitehaven, continuously since 1935. 82 years ago, Frank Anderson, a railway clerk, won the seat back from the Conservatives by a narrow majority …

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The return of plotlands and prefabs

Geoff Beacon  |  24 February 2017

Reducing planning gain and cutting the cost of building could radically alter Britain’s housing market, writes Geoff Beacon I grew up in Kent in a house built by my father in 1946 on land given as a wedding present. The area had been divided into plots by the landowner and sold off separately. It was …

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Putting the patient first

Joanne Harding  |  23 February 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans require robust scrutiny, but it would be a mistake for Labour not to engage with them in pursuit of greater community-based services, writes Joanne Harding  With the National Health Service in crisis and a £30bn funding gap by 2020, it is clear that we cannot go on like this. To remedy this, NHS …

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Care for a penny in the pound

Steven Duckworth  |  23 February 2017

The government could raise £20bn for a ‘social care premium’ by adding an extra penny paid in the pound over the lifetime of the next parliament, writes Steven Duckworth  Since we ushered in the new year eight weeks ago, two topics have dominated the news: Donald Trump and the government’s ongoing attempts to develop an …

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