The power of development

Jim Murphy MP  |  8 April 2014

The Department for International Development holds a special place in the heart of the Labour party. After all, we set it up, we made it a world leader, and we brought about real change – not least through the 2005 Gleneagles Agreement to drop the debt and take steps to make poverty history. We are …

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After the honeymoon – LGBT people and austerity

Carola Towle  |  8 April 2014

Same-sex marriage has been all over the news. Photos of happy couples are captioned with reminders of the progress in LGBT equality over the past decades. Some even describe it as the final piece in the jigsaw of gay rights. But as the confetti settles, life can be far from rosy. Under Tory austerity policies, …

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The Inclusion Imperative

Angela Mason  |  24 March 2014

When David Cameron recently fielded an all-male frontbench at prime minister’s questions it was a reminder not only that the Conservative party has a long way to go but also of the entrenched exclusion that still characterises much of our political, business and civic life. Perhaps the greatest value of Stephen Frost’s account of the …

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People of the north: In need of a good lawyer

Claire Reynolds  |  19 March 2014

A Great Train Robbery is occurring oop north. The revelation that nine of TransPennine Express’s 70 railway carriages are to be reallocated to boost Chiltern Rail services in the south-east has left northerners reeling in anger. The carriages will be taken out from the Manchester to Leeds line, which is a vital chunk of regional …

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Diagnosis done. Time for a cure

Stephen Bush  |  11 February 2014

The good news: it was a speech Tony Blair could easily have given. The semi-approving invocation of Margaret Thatcher, the silence where Labour’s past ought to be, the promise to break down old institutions and reorient public services: it was all there. Now for the bad news: It was a speech Tony Blair could easily …

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No complacency on equal pay

Rachael Saunders  |  19 December 2013

Fair pay is a sign of a healthy economy, so the widening of the gender pay gap reported by the Office for National Statistics last week is a sign that something is going wrong. The ONS annual survey of hours and earnings revealed that in 2013 the gender pay gap increased to 10 per cent …

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Why working-class kids still get working-class jobs

James Bloodworth  |  30 October 2013

Most of us will remain in the same social class as our parents and the same social class as their parents before them. It is a sobering thought. Despite the feel-good rhetoric of the self-help industry and the warm words of politicians, a child born into a poor family is almost certain to remain poor …

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Still waiting

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP  |  11 September 2013

Wednesday 28 August 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More than two hundred thousand people stood before the memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect 100 years before, on 1 January 1863. The stirring address by Martin Luther King Jr has stood the …

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Essential to Labour’s mission

Stephen Bush  |  3 September 2013

It was when Theresa May became a cabinet minister that I really realised that David Cameron didn’t share my values. It was the night that the coalition was formed, and, as I often do when things haven’t gone my way, I turned to the bottle. Some friends and I headed to a bar on the …

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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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