Articles by Lucy Powell
Lucy Powell is shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, member of parliament for Manchester Central and a vice-chair of Progress

We need a relentless focus on closing the gap

Lucy Powell MP  |  3 August 2017

For seven years, the Tories have shortchanged our education system – and our most disadvantaged students are being left behind as a result, writes Lucy Powell MP Wasted talent, frustrated lives and a divided Britain. That is the result of a failure of successive governments to systematically improve social mobility. Now more than ever, with Brexit on …

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Forward thinking for fathers

Lucy Powell MP  |  19 January 2017

Ensuring flexible working conditions for fathers is crucial for social mobility, argues Lucy Powell The old saying goes that behind every successful man was a good woman. Now though, the inverse is often true. Behind most successful working mums is a dad doing their share and an extended family helping to manage the pressure of work …

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We must devolve to tackle the Tories’ school places crisis

Lucy Powell MP  |  29 February 2016

As offers for secondary school places go out in the post today, parents of 10- and 11-year-olds will be bracing themselves. They will be hoping they will not be like one of the 84,000 families that did not get their preferred choice secondary school last year – a figure that could well rise again this …

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Britain succeeds when working families succeed

Lucy Powell MP  |  31 March 2015

This will be one of the closest elections in a generation; vitally important for the future of our country. At this election the public will face a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s plan for working people. At the heart of this campaign is Labour’s belief that Britain succeeds when working families succeed. …

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David Cameron’s care crunch

Lucy Powell MP  |  23 September 2014

At the next election childcare will be a key battleground issue. I know from my visits to key seats up and down the country how much of a challenge childcare is to parents. It resonates across the political spectrum and across the age range as parents, grandparents and young people worry about how families can …

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Giving parents and communities a voice

Lucy Powell MP  |  2 May 2014

Devolving powers to improve school standards is good for children, parents and local authorities David Blunkett’s wide-ranging review on the devolution of power to local areas to tackle underperformance and ensure proper oversight of schools is a radical proposal to tackle the ills of the Govian system of education, where thousands of schools are accountable only …

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How can Labour win a mandate in 2015?

Lucy Powell MP  |  20 November 2013

It is vital for Labour that we are out speaking to the country on the key issues affecting people in the run-up to the 2015 election. Whether on energy prices, taking on the vested interests in the media or in banking, Ed Miliband’s One Nation Labour is making the running. The childcare crunch facing families …

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Labour’s new childcare settlement is sign of intent

Lucy Powell MP  |  27 September 2013

Labour’s message for parents on childcare this week is that Britain can do better. Labour has certainly thrown down the gauntlet. With Stephen Twigg (and Yvette Cooper’s) announcement of guaranteed wraparound childcare for primary school children and Ed Balls’ bold pledge to increase free childcare for three- and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours Labour …

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A better deal for dads and mums

Lucy Powell MP  |  19 June 2013

As someone who has tried recently to persuade their husband to take additional paternity leave, I’m all too familiar with the barriers which stand in the way of more dads taking paternity leave. A TUC report this week highlights that less than one per cent of dads are taking advantage of changes that allow them …

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The parent trap

Lucy Powell MP  |  5 March 2013

Tax credits may not be the best way to help those on low pay By Lucy Powell —Under this government we are seeing a growing number of circumstances, especially for those with children, where the costs of working or, more often, increasing one’s hours of work are not financially ‘worth it’. These disincentives to work …

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