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Bedtime

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...

The mantle of credibility

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...

The bedrock of social justice

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...

The escape from poverty

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...

Equality for all

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...

A more progressive world

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...

Principled and proud

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...

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