Articles by Ruth Smeeth MP
Ruth Smeeth MP is member of parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North

‘We’ve got to make
 them fear us’

Ruth Smeeth MP and Wes Streeting MP  |  3 April 2017

Labour only ever wins when it is at the cutting edge of modernity, Tony Blair tells Ruth Smeeth and Wes Streeting   Neither of us voted in the 1997 general election; we remember it well enough, as teenagers, but were not old enough to cast a ballot. This takes Tony Blair, who we have met to …

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The stakes could not be higher

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  14 June 2016

Every so often we are abruptly reminded of how fragile the security that we take for granted, both economic and physical, really is. How our world can be shaken or undermined by events beyond our control. From the real and ever present threat of global terrorism, most recently and heartbreakingly seen on the streets of …

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We have killed the BNP – but have we won the argument?

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  12 January 2016

In 1992 I campaigned for the first time against the British National party in Bristol, protesting against its vile neo-fascist politics of hate and division. As a 12-year-old I had no idea that I was going to end up working for the pre-eminent anti-BNP campaign, HOPE not hate, which would eventually be able to claim …

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The mask slips

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  28 October 2015

The right to strike must be defended —The most informative parts of Conservative party conference are the moments when the mask slips. From Matt Hancock saying last month that under-25s are not productive enough to deserve a pay rise, to Jeremy Hunt’s claim that tax credit cuts will get us all working as hard as the …

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The quiet crisis of holiday hunger

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  15 October 2015

It is not difficult to find examples of how much harder things have become under this government. Take some time to explore any constituency or community in this country and you will find stories to break your heart. The pensioner deciding whether to eat or heat their home this winter, the mother unsure if she …

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A country where the next generation can do better than the last

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  31 March 2015

A better plan for a better future – Five parliamentary candidates present Labour’s five pledges to Britain Tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for five-, six- and seven-year-olds This election is a choice between hope and aspiration versus fear and apathy. And there is …

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Book review: Hate

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  9 September 2011

This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the politically correct. But if you care about politics, the history of the fascist fringe in the UK, and the emergence of the British National party as a political threat in the last decade then this is essential reading. Hate is the true story of Matthew …

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So who is the party of law and order?

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  24 May 2011

The law and order session at #pac11 provided a much-needed reminder of some of the best things that we did in government. We have a record to be proud of in terms of overall crime reduction and it is something that we simply don't brag about

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How does a winning party make policy?

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  17 March 2011

Ahead of tonight's Progress event in Coventry, speaker at that event Ruth Smeeth writes: In the words of one of my favourite NEC members, Luke Akehurst, the simple answer to the question is ‘not the way we have been'.

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Labour’s Revival

Ruth Smeeth MP  |  16 November 2010

This book should be required reading for all of us who are personally and emotionally invested in the Labour party - primarily because it sets out a framework for the issues that we need to reflect upon, not only as a party, but as a movement.

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