Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband arts speech

Miliband hits the right notes

Jonathan Todd  |  24 February 2015

It is rare for prime ministers or leaders of the opposition to give speeches on the arts. Delivering one last night, Ed Miliband observed that Tony Blair once did. Jim Hacker, a character in Yes, Minister did too. Noting that in doing so, Hacker closed BBC Radio 3, Miliband drew laughter. A BBC journalist was …

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A better plan for Britain's prosperity

Promoting prosperity

Stephen Beer  |  15 February 2015

The UK economy is growing at a relatively fast rate at present. The first estimate of GDP growth in 2014 is that the economy expanded 2.6 per cent. Recent survey data suggest the rate of expansion increased across the economy last month. Lower fuel and food costs are boosting the income households have available to …

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Nigel Farage

Littered with irony

Robert Philpot  |  11 February 2015

Nigel Farage is presiding over the Europeanisation of British politics Political history is littered with ironies. Anthony Eden, who prided himself on his expertise in world affairs, was forced from office by his disastrous intervention in Suez. James Callaghan was renowned for his closeness to the trade unions. He was defeated in May 1979 largely …

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Ed Miliband PMQs 11 February 2015

‘We followed procedure’

Sally Gimson  |  11 February 2015

‘We followed procedure,’ was David Cameron’s only defence of his employment of Stephen Green, the former chair and chief executive of HSBC. As an answer from a politician, let alone a prime minister, it is little better than: ‘I was just following orders.’ That a sustained barrage by Labour members of parliament and Ed Miliband …

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Let it go

People, not institutions

Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP  |  30 January 2015

We need to listen to how public services impact on people, however uncomfortable that may be In an era of tight budgets and increasing demands, what does it take to ensure public services meet public needs? This collection of interviews is intended to help address this question by listening to those who are already answering …

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Trident submarine

Nationalist posturing over Trident gets us nowhere

John Woodcock MP  |  20 January 2015

The UK’s nuclear deterrent will always be a controversial issue for the country and its politicians. That is understandable: the prospect of nuclear holocaust is so grotesque that many simply will not countenance their taxes being spent on a system that could – even in theory – inflict it. Some members of all parties, including …

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Cameron NHS Poster

Trust is what Labour should be ‘weaponising’

Mike Katz  |  13 January 2015

Another day, another opportunity for the prime minister to single out Ed Miliband’s supposed pledge to ‘weaponise’ the NHS as an election issue. Set aside any questions of why, if the Conservatives hold the NHS so dear, David Cameron has not made the health service one of his key election campaign themes. And just forget …

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Young people

Young people’s votes are Labour’s to win

Alex Farrow  |  9 January 2015

A poll for The Observer has shown that the Labour party is the favourite among young people, holding a 14 per cent lead over the other parties, with young people’s priorities closely matching those championed by Labour, such as the NHS, inequality, and unemployment. In response, our party must present a bold, visionary and responsive …

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David Cameron PMQs 17 December 2014

Christmas crackers

Sally Gimson  |  17 December 2014

It was the last prime minister’s questions of the year and there was no sign of festive cheer. David Cameron’s team had been using Christmas to think up cheap jibes. The best they could come up with is that it would be like ‘Silent Night’ for Labour members of parliament who would not be able …

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Street of houses

How to talk about immigration

Matthew Rhodes  |  15 December 2014

News today suggests that Labour members of parliament have been warned against talking about immigration while campaigning. For many this does not come as a huge surprise, as the Labour party has often struggled with how it should talk about immigration, or whether it should talk about it at all. In British Future’s recent report, …

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