Articles by Andrew Adonis
Andrew Adonis is a former secretary of state for transport

Andrew Adonis

Winning the ‘race to the top’

Andrew Adonis  |  8 April 2014

Falling living standards are partly about the price of essentials, like electricity, gas and public transport rising faster than inflation. It is also about wages rising too slowly, and too many people – especially young people – being without decent jobs. There are four big problems we as a country have got to tackle. First, …

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Put passengers first: a new plan for London’s buses

Andrew Adonis  |  11 March 2014

A week’s immersion on London’s buses – 104 routes in five days last month – increased even further my admiration for bus drivers and the success of the Oyster card. But there are big improvements to be made. First, Londoners need flexible bus fares. For many, particularly the low paid and parents dropping off their …

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Apprenticeships at heart of Labour’s growth plan

Andrew Adonis  |  30 January 2014

Despite the UK having near-record levels of youth unemployment, many of our best small businesses are held back by major skills shortages in key growth sectors. Tackling this mismatch, with an expansion of modern apprenticeships, needs to be at the heart of Labour’s growth plan if we are to allow our growth sectors to compete …

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City of London

What London needs now

Andrew Adonis  |  25 November 2013

London is a divided city: east and west; rich and poor; home owners and renters. Labour must do something about it. Boris Johnson is a showman. But with London’s population heading towards 10m what it needs is a leader with a plan – for more houses, more jobs and better communities. Priority one is a …

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Railway

Full steam ahead

Andrew Adonis  |  27 August 2013

Labour must continue to back High Speed Two. The case for High Speed Two is as strong now as when Labour committed itself to the project in March 2010. The key justification is not speed but capacity. There will be an acute shortage of transport capacity from the 2020s to convey freight, commuters and other …

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Britain does not love coalitions

Andrew Adonis  |  8 May 2013

Andrew Adonis has changed his mind about the virtue of coalitions.  In this exclusive extract from his new book he explains why Few short periods in politics have mattered more in Britain than the ‘five days in May’ which followed the 2010 general election. Secret meetings day and night; helicopters whirring overhead; television cameras swarming …

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Whitehall

Wanted – An apprentice scheme for Whitehall

Andrew Adonis  |  29 October 2012

Doug Richard’s review of apprenticeships is about to be published.  For months I have been pressing the case for a Whitehall apprenticeship scheme and the Richard review offers the opportunity to take this forward.  The government should now immediately launch a civil service apprenticeship scheme to run alongside Whitehall’s existing graduate fast scheme. Whitehall currently …

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Public and private, strong and dynamic

Andrew Adonis  |  10 October 2012

I don’t think there is much dispute that Britain’s industrial base is too weak and too narrow. If that weren’t the case we probably wouldn’t be in a double-dip recession. And we certainly wouldn’t be in a crisis with 2.6m unemployed, youth unemployment of more than one million, and national income still significantly lower than …

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A new deal for teachers

Andrew Adonis  |  30 September 2012

The quest to transform education is not yet over, says Andrew Adonis My new book Education, Education, Education describes Labour’s achievements – academies, Teach First, sure start, the literacy and numeracy strategies, the City Challenge programmes, Building Schools for the Future, more and better teachers, the doubling of education spending. All this transformed standards, eradicated …

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Apprenticeships in Whitehall

Andrew Adonis  |  27 July 2012

The Right Hon Lord Adonis The Right Hon David Cameron MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street, SW1                                                                26 July 2012 APPRENTICESHIPS IN WHITEHALL I wonder if you might consider a suggestion to set up, as a matter of urgency, a pan-Whitehall “government administration” apprenticeship scheme  for 16 and 18 year-old school leavers? I set out …

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