Articles by Wes Streeting MP
Wes Streeting MP is member of parliament for Ilford 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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All grown up

Wes Streeting MP  |  23 September 2016

In the debate about how we tackle inequality, our attention is rightly focused on what schools can do to tackle educational disadvantage to improve the life chances of the poorest pupils. Labour’s unrelenting focus on school improvement was one of the great success stories of the last Labour government. But we should also be concerned …

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Entrenched inequality starts at birth

Wes Streeting MP  |  2 February 2016

England is becoming an increasingly divided nation where life chances are determined by postcode, rather than potential. The latest report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission lays bare the opportunity gulf between different parts of the country and, as the commission’s chair Alan Milburn puts it, ‘the gulf between the ambition of a …

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George Osborne’s student betrayal

Wes Streeting MP  |  27 November 2015

As ever with a George Osborne spending review, the devil is always in the detail. So while the theatre of the autumn statement was taking place, my nose was buried in the blue book that details every decision in the spending review. Sure enough, page 93 contained a sentence announcing that the government was not …

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Foodbanks will remain until we tackle inequality

Wes Streeting MP  |  8 December 2014

Ministers are in denial about the impact their policies are having on hunger and poverty in Britain. There are now over 400 Trussell Trust food banks in operation across Britain and countless independent providers besides. Feeding Britain – the report by the all party parliamentary inquiry into hunger in Britain, led by Frank Field MP …

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We did it before and we will do it again

Wes Streeting MP  |  26 November 2014

A father taking his children to accident and emergency rather than waiting for a general practitioner appointment is so commonplace it hardly merits attention, but when the father in question is the secretary of state for health one wonders how much deeper the crisis in the National Health Service will need to be before Jeremy …

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A defining cause for Labour

Wes Streeting MP  |  29 August 2014

Britain’s elite is formed on the playing fields of independent schools and finished in the dreaming spires of Oxford and Cambridge: a statement of the blinding obvious and the subject of the latest report from Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The authors need not have bothered framing the title of the report …

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Britain’s railways: A failed market in need of reform

Wes Streeting MP  |  6 May 2014

With almost all major franchises due to expire during the next parliament, a Labour government in 2015 will face some major decisions about the future of our railways. After two decades of a failed privatisation, it is time for Labour to offer a bold alternative that delivers a better service for passengers and a fairer …

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Thatcher or Hague?

Wes Streeting MP  |  30 October 2012

Will Cameron’s ‘blue-collar modernisation’ see the success of Thatcher or the ignominy of Hague, asks Wes Streeting While David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative party conference last month should not be overstated as a dramatic lurch to the right, his ‘aspiration nation’ message reflects the ascendancy of what Anthony Painter termed ‘blue-collar populism’ in September’s …

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London’s groundhog day election

Wes Streeting MP  |  12 May 2012

To understand Ken Livingstone’s loss, we need to look back to his selection By Wes Streeting —There is no need for a protracted postmortem on the effectiveness of Labour’s London campaign: Labour won, Ken Livingstone lost. Whereas Boris Johnson’s personal popularity provided the Tories with their only boost on election day, Livingstone threw away Labour’s …

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