Labour Party Conference 2015

How can we boost productivity to benefit working people?

Mathewe Bennett  |  20 October 2015

The last of the Progress debates, the productivity discussion was also one of the liveliest, and personally most enjoyable debates across the three days. In her opening statement, Nita Clarke introduced the topic as ‘the most important issue of our time’, a bold statement, but not without merit – low productivity is one of the …

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Securing our digital future

Oliver MacArthur  |  12 October 2015

Labour party conference’s TalkTalk-Progress seminar, Securing our digital future: How can Britain best prepare for this advancing technological age?, addressed one of the sweeping changes facing Britain today: the digital revolution. Chaired by Theo Blackwell, the panel featured politicians Chi Onwurah MP, Ian Lucas MP, Catherine Stihler MEP and House of Lords science and technology …

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After the earthquake

Chris Hipkins MP  |  9 October 2015

We all like big party meetings. As activists they make us feel like we are on a roll, that we are gaining momentum, and that victory is just around the corner. So it was sobering at Progress Question Time to hear former Labour member of parliament Jacqui Smith recall that the largest party meeting she …

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One of the most pressing social policy issues of our time

Sally Keeble  |  6 October 2015

Luciana Berger’s appointment as minister for mental health with shadow cabinet rank and her commitment at the Progress meeting on dementia is the best hope yet of getting much-needed action to tackle this health timebomb. Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer Society chief executive, joined members of parliament Angela Rayner and Karin Smyth and Camden council cabinet member …

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The phoney war

Paul Richards  |  1 October 2015

The Labour party started the conference week talking about Trident, and ended it talking about Trident. It didn’t matter that conference delegates voted to not talk about Trident. Thanks to the efforts of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy there was plenty of hype whether conference would vote for a resolution on Trident over other …

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The government must step up on part-time learning

Ann Limb  |  29 September 2015

My first career was in further education when I made my way from part-time lecturer to FE college principal through the decade covering the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. During this time I worked and studied – earned and learned. Firstly I completed my FE teacher training certificate part-time at Nottingham Trent university then went on to …

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The politics of motherhood

Cathy Warwick  |  28 September 2015

The portrayal of midwives often suggests that all midwives do is deliver babies, and often the entire focus of maternity services policy seems to be on the time of birth and the need to ensure that at this point we keep mothers and their babies physically safe. This is, of course, of critical importance, but …

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Chris Leslie: Passion with prudence

Tom Levitt  |  28 September 2015

We might not have got it right but we did think about what we could do for business at the last election – though we appear not to be doing that now. This was the gist of Chris Leslie’s message to a Progress event on the opening day of Labour’s Brighton conference. ‘I appeal to …

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No to isolationism

Mary Creagh MP  |  27 September 2015

The Syria refugee crisis has shone a spotlight on the European Union and Britain’s relationship with the EU as David Cameron trots round countries on his mysterious ‘renegotiation’. The mystery surrounding his renegotiation is politically useful as it obscures the content and will hide the areas where the renegotiation has been unsuccessful. It allows the …

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What can give micro businesses and freelancers the boost they deserve?

Suneeta Johal  |  26 September 2015

The way we work has changed for good. There are now 4.5 million self-employed workers in the United Kingdom, and the growth in this way of working has outstripped the growth in permanent employment by three to one in the last decade. Government policy is only now beginning to catch up with this shift. For …

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