September, 2017

The Last Word: I will not be shamed out of Labour

Richard Angell  |  29 September 2017

First they tried to bore us out, then they tried to bully us out … now they try to shame us out. It will not work, writes Progress director Richard Angell Labour’s new establishment is learning from and emulating the old establishment fast. The hard-left believes its own rhetoric about New Labour’s media manipulation and conference …

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Corbyn’s social security silence

Alan Lockey  |  29 September 2017

The Labour leader’s deliberate vagueness on social security is a betrayal of those that elected him hoping he would rebuild Britain’s broken welfare state, argues Alan Lockey Perhaps it was inevitable anyway. Nevertheless, the significance of the 2015 welfare reform bill to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership ascent is surely indisputable. As his three leadership rivals demurred, only …

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Things Can Only Get Worse?

Sophie Francis-Cansfield  |  29 September 2017

Sophie Francis‑Cansfield finds the conclusion of John O’Farrell’s sequel a welcome relief John O’Farrell’s latest book Things Can Only Get Worse?, a follow up to his 1998 bestseller Things Can Only Get Better, provides an often painfully humorous review of elections over the last two decades. There are definitely moments that we want to recall – …

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Westminster’s inconvenient truth

Melanie Smallman  |  28 September 2017

Britain has lost its place as a world leader on climate change, writes Melanie Smallman This summer saw horrific floods in Texas and Bangladesh and one of the most powerful storms in history roaring across the Atlantic coast of the United States. While Donald Trump tries to take the US out of the Paris climate agreement, this summer …

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Creating a cohesive society

Chuka Umunna MP  |  27 September 2017

Britain must assume a proactive and strategic approach to social integration if it is to become a more inclusive nation, reflects Chuka Umunna MP In this year’s general election we saw age trump other demographic factors as the greatest predictor for how someone would vote. In large part this benefited our party, as young people …

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A new European party will fail

Caroline Flint MP  |  26 September 2017

The creation of a new centre party is no alternative to Labour winning back the centre-ground, says Caroline Flint  Like Blu-rays and Segways, a new centre party is an over-hyped idea, destined to promise much and deliver little. The liberal-minded press would love it. They have been in a tiswas as the United Kingdom’s political moorings have …

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Strong, united and progressive

Mary Creagh MP  |  26 September 2017

A united Labour party, working with other willing MPs, is the only feasible option for stopping a hard Brexit, writes Mary Creagh   Like David Cameron before her, when it comes to the European Union, Theresa May is putting her own career ahead of the national interest. She is doing everything she can to appease a few …

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Protecting advertising after Brexit

Seema Malhotra MP  |  26 September 2017

Government must ensure that Britain secures a Brexit deal that does not endanger its position as a world leader in advertising, argues Seema Malhotra MP Britain’s advertising industry is a world leader and supports over one million jobs in the United Kingdom – last year £21bn in advertising spend resulted in an estimated contribution of …

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Making modern employment work for everyone

Jordan Marshall  |  25 September 2017

The last time the Conservatives were in power for seven years, over three million people were left unemployed and sharp regional divides began to open up across the country. Because in 1986, just as the ‘big bang’ propelled the City to new and dizzying heights, rapid deindustrialisation was also dragging parts of the north and …

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The regeneration of Newham

Robin Wales  |  25 September 2017

When I became mayor fifteen years ago, we said we would transform Newham into a place where residents wanted to live, work and stay. We wanted jobs for our residents, good education for our children, and a diverse community that had good cohesion. We knew in part we would achieve these things by making Newham …

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