July, 2017

The Last Word: Power in a union

Richard Angell  |  28 July 2017

Unison’s huge victory, the BBC pay gap, a brave councillor and a big thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Unison did the whole Labour movement proud when they got the government’s pernicious tribunal fees ruled as unlawful this week. The government has to return £34m to those who have …

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2040 is a fatally long wait

Geraint Davies MP  |  28 July 2017

Forty thousand deaths caused by air pollution each year require urgent action, not platitudinous long-term promises Michael Gove cannot keep, argues Geraint Davies MP As is said too often, a week is a long time in politics. It would therefore be optimistic for the prime minister’s new environment secretary, Gove, to assume he still has a seat in …

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Time for Brexiteers to come clean

Jonathon Hawkes  |  27 July 2017

An unholy alliance of Thatcherites and Bennites are placing ideology before the national interest – and it is time they were called out on it, argues Jonathon Hawkes ‘As we leave the European Union, by definition, we will be out of the single market and we’ll be out of the customs union,’ asserted international trade secretary Liam Fox …

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Is Prevent working?

Emma Lange  |  27 July 2017

Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy must command the confidence of the communities it seeks to protect, writes Emma Lange of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights Following the horrifying spate of terrorist attacks in the last few months the prime minister has pledged to double down on counter-extremism measures, telling us that terrorism ‘will only be defeated …

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Labour must fight for single market membership

Richard Angell  |  26 July 2017

Staying in the single market – and averting the Tory plan to turn Britain into a Singapore-style economy – must be at the heart of Labour’s brexit strategy, writes Progress director Richard Angell ‘We’ll fight to secure single market membership’ are the bold words on the Labour party webpage about the Tories’ failed Brexit plan ahead …

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A liberal-shaped hole in British politics

Conor Pope  |  26 July 2017

The Liberal Democrats’ irrelevance has afforded the Labour leadership the freedom to take left-liberal voters for granted on Brexit, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope It is easy to look at Labour’s hardline stance on leaving the single market over the weekend and wonder how it all happened. It is, of course, the Liberal Democrats’ …

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A ‘voluntary’ overtime crisis

Tom Levitt  |  25 July 2017

Far from being overpaid, public sector employees are showing their commitment to their cause, voluntarily, to a level which borders on exploitation, writes Tom Levitt When Sally Plummer stayed on after the end of her shift to aid a patient suffering a cardiac arrest she thought little of it, knowing that this was the normal …

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Rolling stock, not laughing stock

Christabel Edwards  |  25 July 2017

Scrapping the electrification of railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North highlights the government’s lack of ambition on infrastructure, argues Christabel Edwards Last week the government announced the scrapping of most of its ongoing railway electrification projects. Parts of the Great Western mainline had already been delayed due to cost overruns, now the …

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Bold thinking on pensions

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 July 2017

Britain needs flexible retirement ages that reflect the complex and differing needs of the world of work in the 21st century, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore In 2011, I was privileged to serve on a pensions bill committee with the late Malcolm Wicks. Not all former ministers seemed keen to serve as ordinary …

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Mayexit means Mayexit

Renie Anjeh  |  24 July 2017

Whoever the next Tory leader is, they will not share Theresa May’s deficiencies. Renie Anjeh assesses the runners and riders A few months ago, Theresa May was queen of all she surveyed. She was high on hubris, drunk with power and worshipped by sycophantic journalists in the right-wing press. No one could have predicted the sharp vicissitudes …

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