Articles by Sheila Gilmore
Sheila Gilmore is the former member of parliament for Edinburgh East

Social security in disrepair

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 October 2017

Labour will have to do more than just win the ‘moral argument’ on universal credit if it is to protect the most vulnerable in society, writes Sheila Gilmore In all the current media coverage of universal credit there is a danger that we lose sight of the fact that it is only (as yet) a …

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A debt of gratitude

Sheila Gilmore  |  31 August 2017

Kezia Dugdale gave Scottish Labour a renewed confidence – and dragged it back to contention – and we owe it to her to build upon that legacy, writes Sheila Gilmore As a party we owe a great deal to Kezia Dugdale’s willingness to ‘step up to the plate’ in the difficult period following the 2015 general …

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Bold thinking on pensions

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 July 2017

Britain needs flexible retirement ages that reflect the complex and differing needs of the world of work in the 21st century, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore In 2011, I was privileged to serve on a pensions bill committee with the late Malcolm Wicks. Not all former ministers seemed keen to serve as ordinary …

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Where next for Scottish Labour?

Sheila Gilmore  |  13 June 2017

Kezia Dugdale’s determination has dragged Scottish Labour from the brink of collapse to relevance again, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore As the news filtered through to our count some of us hardly believed what we were hearing. Not the exit poll, but the fact that Labour was winning Scottish seats – in the …

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Is the tide turning in Scotland?

Sheila Gilmore  |  26 May 2017

For ten years, the Scottish National party has batted away criticism as ‘talking down Scotland’ – that does not seem to work anymore, argues Sheila Gilmore In last Sunday night’s Scottish leaders’ debate several audience questions pushed Nicola Sturgeon hard on the performance of her government, especially on health and education. Performing on the United Kingdom stage, …

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Irrelevance has a human cost

Sheila Gilmore  |  28 March 2017

Only by convincing the electorate that Labour is a credible alternative government can we tackle the inequities of Britain’s social security system, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore I have a confession to make. I have not seen ‘ I, Daniel Blake’. I am sure it is a powerful film, but I do not need to be convinced. …

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Labour members must muck in

Sheila Gilmore  |  22 March 2017

Labour’s ‘mass membership’ must be more than a shield for Jeremy Corbyn to hide behind when criticised, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore Dissension in the Labour party is often portrayed as ‘members v the parliamentary Labour party’. However ‘the members’ are by no means all of one view. There is a real and …

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The perils of a shared language

Sheila Gilmore  |  11 November 2016

Donald Trump rails against the ‘establishment’. On the Today programme on 10 November so too did Yanis Varoufakis. The specific debate was on international trade agreements. ‘Took your jobs away’ cries Trump. In Europe a huge campaign of the Left has been against agreements such as CETA and TTIP. For Varoufakis the worst evil of trade agreements …

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Practical compassion

Sheila Gilmore  |  28 October 2016

On ‘welfare ‘ Labour is struggling to find the right policy and language. In the last parliament we spent a lot of time attacking the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s policies, through debates on the welfare reform bill, opposition led debates, and at prime minister’s questions. There was no lack of anger and passion. The Tories …

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The politics of grievance

Sheila Gilmore  |  17 October 2016

Hospital waiting lists up, college places cut, social care under strain, police cars held together by duct tape. Just a few stories in the Scottish media recently. And what has the reaction of the Scottish government been? A classic deflection tactic – let’s talk about a second independence referendum. Despite the whoops of joy at …

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