Articles by Rachael Saunders
Rachael Saunders is leader of the Labour group in the London borough of Tower Hamlets

Britain is more than just its past

Rachael Saunders  |  31 October 2016

I really welcome the debate that has been led by John Denham and others, about Englishness and national identity. I am proud of where I am from, and I am about an English as it is possible to be. My grandparents were from Barnsley, Manchester, Warrington and London. I am also classically English in that if …

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Education matters

Rachael Saunders  |  25 October 2016

Tower Hamlets achieved huge education success using tactics that might be a tiny bit heretical to some Progress members – our success was driven by collaboration, not competition. Without academies. The path we are carving now makes it clear that Labour can make a difference to education locally under a Tory government. National policy should …

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Labour must be calm, clever and kind

Rachael Saunders  |  20 January 2016

Progress organised a great public meeting in Stratford last week, where we had an open and frank conversation about losing the general election, the Labour leadership campaign, and where the Labour party goes next. I was glad to speak, alongside Wes Streeting MP and Unmesh Desai. It feels like the Labour party nationally is entering …

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Fighting to take Tower Hamlets forward

Rachael Saunders  |  14 May 2015

There is a huge opportunity now to move Tower Hamlets forward. The election, on the 11th June, for a new mayor, has been called because Lutfur Rahman was removed from office by an election court. The rot was exposed in Tower Hamlets when George Galloway became the member of parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow …

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Power to cities, streets and communities

Rachael Saunders  |  21 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s commitment to a wide-ranging dialogue about the constitutional future of our country is vital. The challenges that this country and others now face – climate change, widening economic inequality, our response to our ageing population – are so great that no sensible person thinks that Westminster can solve them alone. I often hear ‘London’ cited …

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A pragmatic approach to public health

Rachael Saunders  |  27 March 2014

The research from the British Medical Journal released today, a year after public health came back to local government, is a lesson from the coalition government in how not to do localism. The BMJ claims ‘local authorities across England are diverting ringfenced funds for public health to wider council services to plug gaps caused by …

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A mayor of London that leads for women

Rachael Saunders  |  7 March 2014

With Tessa Jowell considering standing for mayor of London and others throwing their hats in the ring, the very male-dominated mayoral model might be about to be shaken up. This matters, not just because representation is important – Ros Jones in Doncaster and Norma Redfearn are the only women executive mayor Labour has had, elected …

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No complacency on equal pay

Rachael Saunders  |  19 December 2013

Fair pay is a sign of a healthy economy, so the widening of the gender pay gap reported by the Office for National Statistics last week is a sign that something is going wrong. The ONS annual survey of hours and earnings revealed that in 2013 the gender pay gap increased to 10 per cent …

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A conversation with business about values

Rachael Saunders  |  16 November 2012

EU commissioner Viviane Reding has made waves in the news this week, proposing a 40 per cent quota of women on boards for listed companies. Whilst the directive contains enough holes that it won’t have a huge impact in the UK, it has meant another week of business ethics and corporate governance in the news. …

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What’s Labour’s USP?

Rachael Saunders  |  24 May 2012

The closing session of Progress conference 2012 was a wide-ranging with a star line-up chaired by Simon Fanshawe: Jacqui Smith, Caroline Flint, Chuka Umunna and David Aaronovitch fielding questions from the audience. Jacqui Smith gave pragmatic advice to anyone trying to make the most of being in power locally, and everyone seeking to win back …

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