Governing for Britain

Governing Britain

Michael Payne  |  2 August 2016

Devolution needs to be at the heart of our party —While the debate rages about the future of our party and its route back to national government, we run the risk of making a catastrophic mistake: ignoring the hundreds of examples that already exist of how Labour in communities up and down the country has rebuilt …

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Heineken leaders

James Lewis  |  27 July 2016

Labour councillors reach the places others can’t Reflecting on Leeds’ local election results this May, which saw wards that have not elected a Labour member of parliament for two or three general elections vote in Labour councillors, it is clear that, in the words of the old beer advert, Labour councillors can reach the parts that …

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Social justice through work

Nick Forbes  |  26 July 2016

Substantial devolution will help local Labour create jobs As we pick up the pieces of the Brexit vote, it is clear that now more than ever Labour must demonstrate it can create the jobs of the future. Our mission to create social justice through work is our defining characteristic as a party. And the uncertainty following the …

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Beyond crisis

Steve Bullock  |  25 July 2016

Local Labour’s imagination and tenacity on housing must continue, writes Steve Bullock It is now a given that London has a ‘housing crisis’ – no one disputes this, and perhaps as a result too few people respond with enough urgency. In fact the situation is beyond crisis – London faces a full-blown housing emergency with 50,000 families in some sort …

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Women to govern

Margaret Hodge MP  |  21 July 2016

We need more women leaders —The Fawcett Society, together with the Local Government Information Unit, has launched a commission to look at the role of women in local government. We want to examine women’s participation in local government as councillors, leaders and senior executives. The government’s commitment to devolution makes women’s representation in local government ever more vital. …

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Labour values put food on the table

Simon Blackburn  |  18 July 2016

In politics one can never really separate the execution of a task from the value base which drove you to bring that task into the public policy sphere. To put together a programme of government is to be engaged in matters of values and ideology, making judgements according to both, and turning those judgements into …

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Learning lessons: What can local government teach the Labour party? 

Robin Wales  |  18 July 2016

Labour in local government is delivering real change to working people’s lives up and down the country. But before talking about what lessons can be learned from local government, a warning: there have been times when local government has got it wrong. We must admit to these failings and learn from them. Just look at …

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What can local government teach the Labour party?

Florence Eshalomi AM  |  11 July 2016

I was thinking about what I could contribute to the debate this morning in the context of ‘What can local government teach the Labour party?’ and I thought I would take us back to 2006. Ten years ago, at the youthful age of 25, in May 2006, I was a bleary-eyed, newly elected councillor in …

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Netflix town halls

Kiran Ramchandani  |  9 July 2016

Are our towns and communities ready for the digital revolution? —I am definitely more Uber than black cab. More Netflix than DVD. I am waiting for the day when my phone alarm wakes me up earlier in the morning because all the data connectivity tells it that there are delays on my tube line and …

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Elephant in the room

Peter John  |  9 July 2016

Local politics shows you cannot dodge real needs —Now this may sound obvious, but the power of local government lies in the fact that it is government which is local. It needs to be responsive to the community it represents, flexible enough to meet local needs. It needs to be strong and have the vision …

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