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Getting serious about rescuing the NHS

Paul Corrigan  |  23 October 2014

For a Labour leadership that wants the NHS to be the most important electoral issue, the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View plan today is a potentially really important moment. This document contains the hopes and aspirations of the leadership of all the major NHS institutions in England. It is a sharp challenge …

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Is the government out of ideas?

Angela Eagle MP  |  31 January 2014

I began Business of the House Questions by raising the upcoming Winter Olympics which are being held in the Russian town of Sochi. While I am looking forward to cheering on our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, we can’t ignore the homophobic laws which the Russian government has recently passed. In an attempt to downplay the …

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Still ‘banging on about Europe’

Angela Eagle MP  |  17 January 2014

I began Business of the House Questions with the government’s shambolic lobbying bill which will return from the House of Lords next week.  So far we have had a panic pause, a flurry of amendments designed to silence the huge chorus of critical voices and then the government still managed to lose two crucial votes. …

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One week in and already chaos

Angela Eagle MP  |  9 January 2014

I began the first Business of the House Questions since Christmas by paying tribute to Paul Goggins whose untimely death this week has shocked and saddened all who knew him. He was a kind, caring man who campaigned tirelessly for social justice, including his recent work securing the passage of the mesothelioma bill. My thoughts …

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An NHS true to its founding values

Andy Burnham MP  |  17 December 2013

Two months ago, Labour’s conference took a historic decision; one which allows us to put people at the centre of the health and care system in a way that was never achievable before. By endorsing full integration of health and social care, Labour has opened up an enticing possibility: a single service for the whole …

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Disappearing promises

Angela Eagle MP  |  21 November 2013

The Conservative party spent last week trawling the annals of its website to confine all of their pre-election promises to the outer reaches of the dark web.  One of the deleted lines was a promise by the chancellor to: ‘Harness the internet to help us become more accountable, more transparent and more accessible.’ I spent …

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A mud-wrestle of a PMQs

Sally Gimson  |  20 November 2013

Sometimes the problem with Twitter is that you call it too soon. Ex-Labour MP Tony McNulty got in trouble at today’s prime minister’s questions by tweeting halfway through, ‘Public desperate for PM in waiting who speaks for them – not leader of opposition indulging in partisan Westminster Village knockabout’. It was a tweet David Cameron’s …

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The blame game

Angela Eagle MP  |  8 November 2013

I started off Business of the House Questions by reminding the house of the sacrifice made by our armed forces as we approach Remembrance Sunday. We all wear our poppies with pride. I then raised this week’s devastating public accounts committee report on the government’s flagship benefit reform which cites a ‘shocking’ failure to manage …

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‘Pause, listen, reflect and improve’

Angela Eagle MP  |  6 September 2013

I began Business of the House questions this week by raising the Resolution Foundation’s report which showed that one in five workers are paid less than the living wage, a rise of nearly one and a half million in three years. We now know that this government’s economic policies have meant that people are £28 …

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Thursday, Friday, Thatcherday?

Angela Eagle MP  |  27 June 2013

I began business of the House questions this week by reminding the chamber that we are approaching the 65th Birthday of the NHS. I asked Andrew Lansley, the former health secretary, to admit the truth that in a reversal of their infamous airbrushed election poster – it is clear that this government has cut the …

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