The regeneration of Newham

Robin Wales  |  25 September 2017

When I became mayor fifteen years ago, we said we would transform Newham into a place where residents wanted to live, work and stay. We wanted jobs for our residents, good education for our children, and a diverse community that had good cohesion. We knew in part we would achieve these things by making Newham …

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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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Enough is enough: east London needs a new bridge

Robin Wales  |  21 July 2014

For many years Newham has campaigned for investment in transport infrastructure, believing, as we do, that with the right links, and developable land, we can attract business and hence jobs for residents. One of the obvious results of this campaigning can be seen in the superb transport links at Stratford where, once Crossrail is complete, …

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Every Child, and the role of the local authority

Robin Wales  |  18 March 2014

It is simply unacceptable that in modern Britain people living in disadvantaged areas continue to suffer poorer outcomes than those of their more affluent peers. In Newham and the surrounding east London boroughs which hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, residents die younger, earn less, have fewer qualifications and are more likely to be …

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Stop the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Kevin Peel  |  17 May 2013

I was spurred to action when a licensing application was submitted in my ward for what would be the 25th betting shop in Manchester city centre. No longer are betting shops a place to go to put a flutter on the horses or the football. The primary use of these betting shops has fast become …

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‘How do we build more?’

Thomas Neumark  |  15 April 2013

Last week Tony Blair challenged the Labour party to consider ‘the case for fundamental reform of the postwar state’. He laid out seven questions which he hopes will guide discussion of this reform. The first question was: ‘What is driving the rise in housing benefit spending, and if it is the absence of housing, how …

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Engines of social mobility

Mike Ion  |  6 March 2013

Labour should seek to establish more academies By Mike Ion —In 2003 I wrote a piece for the Times Educational Supplement making the case for academies and suggesting that, eventually, the Labour left that still dominated the party’s education forums and thinktanks may well learn to love these independent state schools. I can still remember …

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Purple progress

Adam Harrison  |  26 October 2012

Adam Harrison assesses the impact of The Purple Book one year on ‘Predistribution’, ‘One Nation Labour’, reform of the state and market, universal childcare, and greater activism on housing were just some of the proposals made last year by Labour modernisers contributing to The Purple Book. With the ambition to fashion a new Labour programme …

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Olympic legacy and community resilience

Robin Wales  |  27 July 2012

Tonight, Newham in east London will welcome the world to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Billions of people will watch Danny Boyle’s vision light up this corner of the capital as we celebrate everything that is good about modern Britain. I wish all the members of Team GB the very best. However, as …

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Town hall knows best

Editorial  |  26 January 2012

Labour should back directly elected mayors this May and press the government to devolve more powers to them It is perhaps unsurprising that Ed Miliband does not appear an enthusiast for directly elected mayors. The first holder of the post in his Doncaster constituency, Martin Winter, was expelled from the Labour party and a motion …

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