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Britain’s schools need real fairness

Lilian Greenwood MP  |  28 March 2017

Social mobility will be damaged irrevocably if Theresa May does not heed the advice of headteachers, governors and parents about the national funding formula, writes Lilian Greenwood MP Last Wednesday, Jeremy Corbyn not only managed to unite the Labour benches, he probably had the support of a fair few members on the Tory benches too. Yes, …

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Philip Hammond’s deficit denial

Christabel Cooper  |  17 March 2017

With a hard Brexit looming, the government is keen to forget all about the deficit – it is Labour’s job to make sure it does not, argues Christabel Cooper Back in the summer of 2015 – those halcyon days when Labour were a piffling eight points behind in the opinion polls – I attended a Progress …

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Budget 2017: Labour must set the agenda

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 March 2017

Only the Labour party can tackle the big economic challenges facing Britain, writes Progress chair Alison McGovern Today is Philip Hammond’s first budget. He will dress up continued growth as a his party’s success, but with wages falling in real terms and seven years of budget cuts, economic growth is not being felt by British …

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The Last Word: The loner leader

Richard Angell  |  16 December 2016

Theresa May gave the world a glimpse of what Brexit Britain, certainly under her lack of vision, would look like. Alone with no one to talk to at the latest European Union summit she looked awkward and in desperate need of friends. No longer the new kid on the block – the Italian minister of …

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Verdict: Dreadful

Alison McGovern MP  |  28 November 2016

Alison McGovern has five things you need to know about the autumn statement and what it means for Brexit Britain ‘One cannot stress enough how dreadful this is’. That was the verdict of Paul Johnson, head of the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies on the dire economic future that was revealed to us on Wednesday …

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A Brexit-driven productivity crisis

Seema Malhotra MP  |  25 November 2016

Wednesday’s autumn statement was a stark admission of two things: the failure of the last six years of economic policy, and the sheer cost of Brexit. It failed on the tests of fairness and fell far short of what we need to properly build a strong future. Many of us raised concerns about the economic consequences …

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A mess of their own making

Grace Skelton  |  24 November 2016

The figures in Philip Hammond’s first autumn statement yesterday confirmed that the dire economic outlook and the pinch most are feeling in the run up to Christmas is well and truly on the Conservatives. This economic mess is theirs and theirs alone. The figures from the Office of Budget Responsibility forecasts show that Britain is likely …

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Thin gruel for the ‘Jams’

Mike Katz  |  24 November 2016

Well, if that was his version of a dramatic flourish, it is probably just as well that Philip Hammond concluded his first autumn statement by promising to abolish them in future.   That the rescheduling of parliamentary budget statements was the gimmick of the day highlights the break in approach with this predecessor. ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ made …

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A sober statement for sober times

Allen Simpson  |  23 November 2016

There is a well trodden formula to government finance announcements. The chancellor rumbles on about why the economy is heading in the right direction under his watch but doom would surely result if the feckless opposition were in charge. Then after the cleansing sorbet of one of those jokes only politicians find funny, they say …

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The chancellor’s reality deficit

Sally Keeble  |  23 November 2016

Philip Hammond’s autumn statement reinforced the position of Theresa May’s as a traditional Tory government – right eye on the business community, left eye on key voters, and everyone else falls through the gap in the middle. There were some welcome measures, especially investment to improve the broadband network and some limited benefit giveaways. There …

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