The Last Word: Offensive – and wrong

Richard Angell  |  7 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s warped view of history, Diane Abbott on taxing private schools, and a sad farewell to Sarah Hayward – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I had two statements ready for the outcome of Ken Livingstone’s hearing regarding his Adolf Hitler ‘supported Zionism … before going mad’ outbursts of April 2016. …

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Minding the gap

Sarah Hayward  |  21 September 2015

In Camden we have a long tradition of leadership when it comes to both transparency and promoting equality. The next step on our journey to eradicate inequality comes next month when we will publish our pay gap analysis. We always strive to go the extra mile so we will not just be publishing our pay …

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‘Care is part of our national infrastructure’

Sarah Hayward  |  10 March 2015

Sarah Hayward responds to Karin Smyth’s article Beyond the rhetoric There is a crisis brewing in care and Karin Smyth is right to identify it as a key issue for the next Labour government. As leader of a London borough I see first-hand how a cocktail of cuts to local government, the slow pace of integration …

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The State of the State

Joe Goldberg  |  6 November 2014

It is just months until the next general election, and, given the speed of cuts pursued and promised by the coalition in 2010, pundits had predicted Labour would return to power in a landslide. Indeed, even before the 2010 election, there was hubris in believing that just because the state had shown its strength in …

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Freeing local councils from the SW1 straitjacket

Theo Blackwell  |  20 August 2014

On 1 April 2015 councils up and down the land will announce another round of budgets cuts reflecting the austerity settlement which will last until 2018 at least. The cuts have gone on longer than they had to, because the economy has not grown like it should have.  Of course, this was partly due to …

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‘Business buy-in’ provides opportunities for our young people

Sarah Hayward  |  29 July 2014

Youth unemployment remains too high. This Tory-led government have done little to prevent a lost generation. Labour in Camden refuses to give up on our young people, despite losing 50 per cent of our council budget. That is why we are doing all we can – making every pound count – to equip young people …

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Stop Jobbik

Andrew Gilbert  |  21 January 2014

Jobbik is the largest and most successful fascist party in Europe. It has three out of 22 Hungarian seats in the European parliament and it has 47 seats in the Hungarian parliament. It is virulently antisemitic, anti-Roma and homophobic. It is in alliance with the British National party, Front National and Golden Dawn. Jobbik believes …

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Pushing the boundaries on jobs and childcare

Sarah Hayward  |  30 August 2013

What can Labour nationally learn from Labour councils about creating opportunities for mothers by making childcare more affordable and stimulating a quality part-time and flexible labour market? Labour needs to have a plan to create jobs and invest in growth. We need a strong, skilled and diverse workforce ready for the challenges of the future. …

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Fighting inequality locally

Sarah Hayward  |  29 May 2013

In Labour-run Camden we know there is an alternative to the devastating cuts inflicted on public sector budgets and the seeping evil of welfare benefit changes. We know that local authorities are powerfully placed to broker agreements that result in homes and jobs. Our Equality Taskforce report, independently chaired and with expert members, has looked …

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The real opportunity for Labour councillors

Paul Wheeler  |  25 January 2013

Regular readers of Progress will know I have had a few run-ins with them about their approach to trades unions. In particular I do despair of their tendency to conflate leftwing politics with working-class values and use this as a broadbush to caricature trades union leaders. Well, sadly sometimes we get a trade union leader …

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