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Make ends meet

The government’s efforts to show how women-friendly it is would be almost laughable – if they didn’t reveal a profound indifference to the real impact its policies are having on women’s lives. Struggling to make ends...

Combating disability hate crime

I know I’m not famous among Progress readers for my tough attitude to sentencing in the criminal justice system. But this week I’m proud to be proposing an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

Don’t drop child poverty target

Last week’s analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, suggesting a 700,000 increase in child poverty by 2020, was depressing, but unsurprising. The long-tail effects of the government’s austerity measures, and the...

The rise of women’s forums

I’ve spent the past two Sundays with my colleague Debbie Abrahams attending inspiring meetings with groups of Labour women. This weekend Debbie and I were invited to Stalybridge and Hyde, to a women’s forum attended by...

Something for something?

I must admit I haven’t read every chapter of the Purple Book. But two chapters in particular have caught my attention: those by Frank Field and Liam Byrne. These chapters grapple with Labour’s post-election anxieties...

Setting Labour priorities

Just about every economic indicator you can think of is now going the wrong way. Growth stagnant, unemployment up, consumer confidence drained away. Families are being hit by a perfect storm of job losses or reduced...

Double punishment

Last week it was reported that the government is considering removing benefits from those found guilty of criminal offences. This follows the announcement from some local authorities and housing associations after the...

Protecting human rights abroad

On Tuesday, the Public Bill Committee for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will discuss the government’s planned reforms of civil law. In response to lobbying by insurers and those that have...

Lost in reform

This week a debate will take place in Westminster Hall to discuss how we can help disabled children to achieve their aspirations as they move into adulthood. Great strides have been made in supporting disabled children...

Sentencing the riots

Last week, a single mother who’d been imprisoned for an offence in relation to the recent rioting and looting (and who happens to be my constituent) was freed following an appeal against her custodial sentence. She’d...

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