More than the sum of our parts

Jim McMahon MP  |  18 January 2017

For change to happen successfully, it must be owned by everyone, not just a few, argues Jim McMahon MP

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Earn it or lose it

Jim McMahon MP  |  5 September 2016

Taking the support of working-class northerners for granted is no longer an option for Labour, if it ever was, warns Jim McMahon   The working classes of the north of England are industrious and ambitious. We are deeply proud of our roots and of the honest graft of earning to provide a decent standard of life for …

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Riots should not define Oldham

Jean Stretton  |  23 May 2016

It is 15 years this week since Oldham was plunged into dark riotous scenes that none os will ever forget. It is an unhappy anniversary and yet it has remained constantly at the forefront of our minds since then in everything we are doing to improve the prospects of our people, business and places. Today the …

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The truth about deprivation in Oldham

Jean Stretton  |  23 March 2016

It hurt like hell to see news stories labelling Oldham as the ‘most deprived town’ in England this week. As a proud resident and council leader, that is one of the ‘top five’ headlines you never want to read. My instinct was to defend the area because, hand on heart, I genuinely do not believe …

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What can Labour learn from local government?

Steve Reed MP  |  11 February 2016

Labour in local government is credible, relevant, and wins elections. Those are the words of Leeds city council’s deputy leader James Lewis, and I could not put it better myself. When we can describe Labour nationally in the same way, we will know we have got it right. The lesson of the 2010 and 2015 …

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Transforming the communities we serve

Luke Murphy  |  23 November 2015

I had mixed feelings when I saw the two latest devolution deals for the West Midlands and Liverpool city region. I was delighted that Labour leaders were getting greater powers for their communities. Yet I felt frustration that it was a Tory chancellor signing the deals. It could, and should, have been a Labour chancellor. …

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Is Ukip a threat in Oldham West?

Lewis Baston  |  27 October 2015

Michael Meacher, who died on 21 October 2015, had represented the Oldham West and Royton constituency since its creation in the boundary changes of 1997 when the former Oldham Central and Royton seat was abolished. Before that Meacher had represented Oldham West since 1970. Oldham West has been Labour since its creation in 1950 with …

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Let it go

Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP  |  30 January 2015

Politicians can no longer pretend we can fix everything from the centre Those of us on the left are advocates of the power of common endeavour to improve lives. Whether it is the NHS, social security or social housing, the history of social progress shows that it is through a common resource that individual needs …

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Gaining power to give it away

Jim McMahon MP  |  24 July 2014

The general election is now less than eight months away and as the political battlelines are being drawn Labour is defining a new message: gaining power to give it away. The period since the last general election has been interesting. With unprecedented cuts targeted at Labour councils it would have been understandable if those same …

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In praise of cooperation

Jim McMahon MP  |  11 July 2014

If we are honest the last 12 months have not been great for advocates of cooperation. The debacles at the Co-operative Group and Bank have cast doubt on the value that cooperative principles bring to the lives of ordinary families. It is sadly part of a wider process which includes the private sale of most …

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