Bedtime

Bedtime

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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The mantle of credibility

Kitty Ussher  |  29 October 2015

Trust in Labour on the economy was hard won, deserved, then needlessly lost, suggests Kitty Ussher The Blair government won office after 18 years in opposition. Unlike its predecessor Labour governments, it was not met by a dip in the stock exchange but instead heralded a decade of continuous growth. The government set to work …

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The bedrock of social justice

Jacqui Smith  |  29 October 2015

Labour rejected the fatalistic assumption that public services could never really deliver higher standards or fairer access, reflects Jacqui Smith Before my election to parliament in 1997, I was a teacher in Tory Worcestershire. My classroom was in a portakabin and a bucket to catch the drips coming through the roof was an important teaching resource. …

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The escape from poverty

Anne Begg  |  29 October 2015

Labour made strong progress in the battle against poverty and unemployment, finds Anne Begg When the Labour government was elected in 1997 there were a number of challenges it faced. These were things that were anathema to an incoming Labour government and included: dealing with pensioner poverty; very high youth and long-term unemployment; and the …

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Equality for all

Stephen Twigg MP  |  29 October 2015

We must not forget the equalities legislation passed under the Labour government, writes Stephen Twigg One of the finest achievements of the last Labour government was comprehensive legislation to tackle discrimination, promote equality and protect human rights. However, after September 11 the world became more challenging and the focus shifted markedly from liberty to security. …

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A more progressive world

Mike Gapes MP  |  29 October 2015

The new Labour government in 1997 was immediately internationalist in its approach, recalls Mike Gapes The 1997 government hit the ground running – on aid, ethics, Ireland and Europe – and brought a new dynamism to Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world. The Department for International Development was established by Tony Blair on …

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Principled and proud

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

The achievements of the last Labour government – many chronicled here – are massive and make me proud to be in this great party. The national minimum wage will outlive that government the way the creation of the NHS, our national parks, the Open University, have outlived the Attlee and Wilson governments that created them. Some …

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