Articles by Alison McGovern MP
Alison McGovern MP is chair of Progress

Politics is not a game

Alison McGovern MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories have lost their mandate for their assault on public services, a hard Brexit and the divisive politics they pursue ‘Politics is not a game’. As Theresa May soundbites go it certainly looks to have a better shelf life than ‘strong and stable’ and it is as resonant today as ever. Not just because …

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This is what Progress means

Alison McGovern MP  |  24 June 2017

This is the full text of Progress chair, Alison McGovern MP’s, address to Progress annual conference 2017. Watch her speech in full here. First I want to talk about Richard Angell. I don’t always know how to describe exactly what I stand for. But when I heard Richard’s words after the terrible terrorist attack on London …

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We win when we seek the common ground

Alison McGovern MP  |  1 April 2017

Full text of the opening speech of Progress political weekend 2017, given by Progress chair Alison McGovern MP: Hello everyone and welcome to Progress political weekend 2017. Before I start I just want to thank Richard, Matthew, Laura, Conor, Jerome and the whole team at Progress for all the work they have done in organising …

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Budget 2017: 10 new Tory failures

Alison McGovern MP  |  9 March 2017

Progress chair Alison McGovern MP examines the 10 most egregious failures in Philip Hammond’s first budget Failure to even mention Brexit, the single biggest issue our country faces in the next 10 years. The Office for Budget Responsibility states that they have asked for more detail on Brexit in order to make their forecasts, and still the government …

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Budget 2017: 20 Tory failures

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 March 2017

From abandoning their deficit targets to slashing funding for education, it is clear the Tories are failing on their own terms, argues Progress chair Alison McGovern MP Debt The Tories have delayed their target on debt three times since 2010 Background: Their original target (2011) was to have debt falling by 2015-16. Then in 2014 that was …

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Budget 2017: Labour must set the agenda

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 March 2017

Only the Labour party can tackle the big economic challenges facing Britain, writes Progress chair Alison McGovern Today is Philip Hammond’s first budget. He will dress up continued growth as a his party’s success, but with wages falling in real terms and seven years of budget cuts, economic growth is not being felt by British …

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Britain must be a force for good again

Alison McGovern MP  |  26 January 2017

Standing by in cases of war crimes or genocide is not in Britain’s national interest, nor in the interests of the most vulnerable, writes Alison McGovern MP What do we owe to those who live beyond our shores? Of course we are all appalled when we see civilians starving in a famine, bombed into submission by …

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Verdict: Dreadful

Alison McGovern MP  |  28 November 2016

Alison McGovern has five things you need to know about the autumn statement and what it means for Brexit Britain ‘One cannot stress enough how dreadful this is’. That was the verdict of Paul Johnson, head of the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies on the dire economic future that was revealed to us on Wednesday …

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When we choose to look away has consequences too

Alison McGovern MP  |  12 October 2016

The crisis in Syria has been going on for years. Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime has led to more than 400,000 deaths, millions fleeing for their lives, and hospitals and schools being reduced to rubble on a daily basis. A once developed and educated country is now a battleground where countless innocent people are condemned to …

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Open to the world

Alison McGovern MP  |  24 September 2016

Liverpool shows why Labour in power matters —Coming to Liverpool for conference? Lucky you. In so many ways, we are a city on the up. New businesses creating jobs, a buzzing arts scene, fantastic architecture. As much a cultural icon as an economic powerhouse, as much a European city as a British institution. All of it defiantly Labour. But this was …

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