Ed Miliband

Tony Blair at Progress at 15

Myths to bust

John McTernan  |  18 July 2014

Tony Blair tells the story of walking down the street in his constituency one weekend and bumping into a long-standing party member. ‘I didn’t see you at the last branch meeting’, says TB. ‘If I’d known it was the last branch meeting’, replied the member, ‘I’d have definitely come along.’ We have all had that …

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Gisela Stuart MP campaigning

Taking on the Tories

Gisela Stuart MP  |  16 July 2014

Gisela Stuart reveals seven steps to electoral success Supermarkets complain that consumers no longer feel loyalty towards the brand. When they offer ‘three for the price of two’ shoppers still feel cheated. And if they want to buy cheap they do not go to the ‘own brand, value for money’ section, they head for the …

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Ed Miliband and David Cameron PMQs 16 July 2014

PMQs in the shadow of the reshuffle

Sally Gimson  |  16 July 2014

There were some pretty discontented former ministers scattered round the House of Commons this lunchtime. The reshuffle has taken its toll. Former secretary of state for education Michael Gove looked particularly disenchanted. He was officially revealed today in the Evening Standard as the most unpopular politician in Britain. Former defence minister Andrew Robathan, banished to backbenches, …

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Whitehall

Labour must decide on civil service reform

Patrick Diamond  |  16 July 2014

This week’s dramatic reshuffle has inevitably focused on the ups and downs of Conservative careers – the surprise departure of William Hague and the shock demotion of Michael Gove, alongside a clutch of ministerial promotions and casualties. Less noticed but in some ways just as significant was the announcement of a further shake-up in the …

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March of the modernisers

Patrick Diamond and Ryan Shorthouse  |  15 July 2014

Has Conservative modernisation stalled? Patrick Diamond and Ryan Shorthouse go head to head Dear Ryan Past Conservative leaders have demonstrated a ruthless ability to reinvent and modernise their party as times changed. Defeat in 1945 heralded ‘the forward march of Labour’; many expected Clement Attlee’s party to govern for a generation. By 1951, however, the …

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10 Downing Street

The only reshuffle which matters

Jacqui Smith  |  14 July 2014

I always tried not to indulge in reshuffle speculation when in parliament, but essentially all those ministers who pompously announce that they are ‘just getting on with the day job’ and not thinking about the whiteboard and post-it notes in the corner of an office in No 10 are big fibbers. I even used to …

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Banks

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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David Cameron PMQs 9 July 2014

Playground politics

Sally Gimson  |  9 July 2014

History tells us the bigger the lie, the more people are inclined to believe it. David Cameron must be playing this game. He said twice at prime minister’s questions that the Tories had put more money into the NHS and that they had cut bureaucracy. These assertions will stretch the credulity of anyone who has …

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Policy Network Inclusive Prosperity conference

Labour, economic efficiency and social justice

Andrew Lomas  |  4 July 2014

Who hasn’t done something we’ve come to regret after a few drinks? A late-night karaoke session; a forgettable romantic encounter; dropping £45,000 on a bottle of champagne signed by Margaret Thatcher … No? Well a reveller at this week’s exclusive Tory summer party had more than a hangover to contend with the morning after having …

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Railway

Equal to Bank of England independence?

John Woodcock MP  |  3 July 2014

Politics is prone to hyperbole but it is no exaggeration to say that the creation of an independent infrastructure commission could turn out to be the defining achievement of the next Labour government. John Armitt’s brainchild could be our equivalent of Bank of England independence, a huge structural reform that brings long-term benefit to the British …

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