Chuka Umunna

Carswell. Clacton. Cameron. Car-crash.

John McTernan  |  29 August 2014

Time for one of my periodic pieces on reasons to be cheerful: 1. Alan Milburn. Julia Gillard used to joke with me that we were the two remaining Milburnites left in the world. It wasn’t entirely accurate, but perhaps at the time we were the only two ‘out’ Milburnites. There were and there are others, …

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Labour’s optimists are starting to find their voice

Rich Durber  |  19 August 2014

The summer recess is usually a quiet time for politics. This year however, with a general election looming it was always going to be a little different and this has certainly proved to be the case. Two moments this week have shown that some of Labour’s brightest stars are using the summer to begin to …

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Building inclusive capitalism

Jonathan Todd  |  9 July 2014

The challenge of our age, wrote Chuka Umunna in the June edition of Progress, is to generate growth that is sustainable over the long term, balanced across sectors and regions, and inclusive so that all can benefit. This is not capitalism red in tooth and claw. Indeed, it recalls the definition of socialism offered by …

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The Uber question

Oliver MacArthur  |  11 June 2014

Today, 10,000 London’s cabbies have staged a drive-slow through the centre of London beginning at Trafalgar Square with the aim of bringing the city to a standstill. The problem, an innocuous mobile app. ‘Uber Taxi’ allows users to conveniently find and book nearby taxi drivers using smartphones. It has proved extremely popular and reduced fares …

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The loaded gun of legislation

Felicity Slater  |  9 June 2014

Equality is not like enlightenment: it does not come from within. For the Labour activist, perhaps the most prominent example is the success of all-women shortlists to select our parliamentary candidates. Between 1923, when the first Labour woman member of parliament was elected, and 1996, 94 Labour women were elected. Since the introduction of AWS …

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Pro-worker, pro-business: An agenda for inclusive capitalism

Jon Cruddas MP and Liam Byrne MP  |  5 June 2014

A rare moment of political consensus is building as voices from across the worlds of politics, finance, faith, business and trade unions begin to sound the same note, calling for economic growth that is more inclusive. What does this mean? Is it mere rhetoric? Empty words that leave us stuck with the status quo? We …

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Why Labour needs a 2030 vision

Chuka Umunna MP  |  5 June 2014

To win in 2015, we have to widen our horizons —Imagine if politics worked on the same investment horizons as successful businesses. Progress members would be thanking Michael Foot for Labour’s 1997 landslide. Tony Blair’s pledge card in 1997 would be held responsible for defeat in 2010. And the platform of Prime Minister Miliband would …

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After the celebrations

Hopi Sen  |  4 June 2014

If Labour wins next May it will face huge challenges If Labour wins next May, the joy of victory will be infectious. Gathering at cabinet to agree the Queen’s speech, Labour ministers will be eager to seize the chance to change Britain. We already know much of the party’s plan for the hectic early weeks …

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Band on the run?

The Insider  |  2 June 2014

Polls go up and polls go down. This true, useful mantra for politicians is only used when the polls go down. Labour politicians found themselves saying it rather a lot before last month’s elections. The nervousness this engendered was repressed, but only barely. In May this column noted that Douglas Alexander’s appointment as election coordinator …

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WWKD?

John McTernan  |  9 May 2014

When faced with difficult political decisions I always ask one question: WWKD? What would Ken do? No, not Ken Livingstone, though I have never met a better, shrewder operator on the left, but Ken Clarke. A man who came up with GP fundholding on a beach in Spain. A chancellor who called interest rates himself, …

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