‘It’s moved from comedy to tragedy’

Richard Angell  |  30 August 2016

The Labour party still has a long road to walk on women’s equality, Ayesha Hazarika tells Richard Angell Having rushed across town, comic-turned-political-adviser (turned comic again) Ayesha Hazarika arrives at King’s Cross station to find her train to Edinburgh, where her first major show since leaving politics is on at the comedy fringe, has been …

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Equality for all

Stephen Twigg MP  |  29 October 2015

We must not forget the equalities legislation passed under the Labour government, writes Stephen Twigg One of the finest achievements of the last Labour government was comprehensive legislation to tackle discrimination, promote equality and protect human rights. However, after September 11 the world became more challenging and the focus shifted markedly from liberty to security. …

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Making the PowerPledge a reality

Richard Angell  |  17 December 2014

Yesterday John Woodcock and Alison McGovern signed the Labour Women’s Network #PowerPledge on behalf of Progress. We are very proud to be among the first signatories and we will be framing it for the office, but it will not be sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This pledge, as Jacqui Smith wrote on our site …

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Why should women be paid less than men for the same job?

Sarah Champion MP  |  16 December 2014

Today, I am bringing a ten minute rule bill on equal pay to parliament. The bill asks for implementation of Section 78 of the 2010 Equalities Act, which would place a duty on companies with over 250 employees to publish their figures on the pay gap between the men and women working for them. It …

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Challenging the myths about localism

Jessica Studdert  |  16 September 2014

While attention is rightly focused on Scotland at the moment, a few rumblings over the future of devolution in England have been occurring and look likely to increase in volume after this week.

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How New Labour built one nation

Giles Radice  |  18 July 2014

Labour needs to remember its considerable achievements in power, believes Giles Radice When on the morning of 12 May 1994 the tragic news broke of John Smith’s death, it became almost immediately obvious that the charismatic shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, then only 41, would become his successor. Under Blair’s leadership, the Labour party went …

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Build, baby, build

Mark Rusling  |  16 July 2014

Sarah Palin is not my usual source of inspiration for political slogans, but ‘drill, baby, drill’ was pretty catchy. We should adopt our own – build, baby, build. In elections, housing is often the dog that does not bark, despite being one of those issues that affects everyone – buyers and sellers, owners and renters, …

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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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Six bills for an Alternative Queen’s Speech

Nick Forbes  |  4 June 2014

The coalition has become a ‘zombie’ government – killing time, and each other, in its final year. While they bicker in Whitehall, the list of challenges the country faces gets longer, not shorter. Here are some bills that, if they’d been in touch with ordinary people, ministers could have put forward to address the rising …

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Beyond the Barriers

Sue Marsh  |  9 April 2014

Employment and support allowance. Work capability assessments. Atos. Few now doubt that these coalition welfare reforms have failed sick and disabled people spectacularly. Tragically, we knew that ESA was failing from the early pilots. But they were only affecting a few. The decision to roll it out nationwide to 1.9 million of the most vulnerable, …

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