Hazel Blears

A future free from intimidation and fear

Hazel Blears  |  19 November 2015

As the horrific events in Paris erupted across our screens on Friday 13 November many of us will have relived the shock, pain and confusion that engulfed us here in the United Kingdom on 7 July 10 years ago. Fifty-two innocent men and women lost their lives on that day and hundreds more were injured. …

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Keir Hardie

Hardie’s inheritor

Renie Anjeh  |  19 August 2015

Liz Kendall offers the New and blue that Labour needs One of the missed opportunities of the ancien regime was an alliance between New Labour and blue Labour. The potential was there. Maurice Glasman, the blue Labour godfather, wrote an e-book called Labour’s Radical Tradition which included contributions from New Labour luminaries such as James Purnell, Tessa Jowell, Philip Collins, …

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Social value, inspirational stories

Hazel Blears  |  13 February 2015

Inspirational stories uncovered by Social Value Act review Imagine, if through one simple piece of legislation you could help unemployed people into work, reduce crime and relieve the burden on our NHS. Imagine, if at the same time, you could save millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in an era of austerity. If that all …

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Preventing the path to radicalisation

Hazel Blears  |  9 January 2015

The tragic events in Paris this week have horrified and united right-minded people of all faiths. The reaction from the overwhelming majority of decent moderate Muslims has been one of shock, shared by us all – but also the depressing realisation that their religion has again been hijacked by violent terrorists in pursuit of their …

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Ukip at the feast

Sally Gimson  |  29 October 2014

The ghost of the United Kingdom Independence party hovered over prime minister’s questions today. No one mentioned it by name. Its only member of parliament, Douglas Carswell, said nothing. But there are shadowy Ukip sympathisers among the grey-suited, ageing and disappointed men who make up the Tory parliamentary party. And they are spirits the Conservative …

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The price of inaction

Editorial  |  2 September 2014

In July, when asked how he would deal with Syria’s civil war if he becomes prime minister, Ed Miliband echoed his first speech as Labour leader and responded: ‘One of the ways the party has changed since I became leader is that war is now always a last resort.’ The notion that war might not …

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Preventing harm to Prevent

Jacqui Smith  |  9 June 2014

I can understand David Cameron’s frustration this week. A win at Newark (albeit in the 40th safest Tory seat) and the Queen’s speech (even a thin, feeble one) have been overshadowed by the egos and leadership ambitions of two of his cabinet. The Gove-May spat is pretty breathtaking even for those of us who have …

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The government has put the public at needless risk

Pat McFadden MP  |  24 January 2014

This month the government will release from anti-terror controls six suspects who have been identified by the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, as being ‘at the highest end of seriousness, even by standards of international terrorism’. Why would any government do such a shocking thing? Why would a government choose to put …

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Militant moderate

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  4 February 2013

The trade unions should have less power in the Labour party, a combative Alan Johnson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell Trade unions are in danger of becoming ‘irrelevant’ and ‘cannot connect to a whole swath of the workforce that thinks they died out with the ark,’ Alan Johnson, one of the most senior figures …

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Imagine no chicken tikka masala

Paul Richards  |  14 December 2012

Last Sunday I attended the Bangladesh Caterers’ Association awards. The UK ‘Indian’ restaurant and take-away trade (the quote marks are there to remind you that most ‘Indian’ restaurants are owned and run by Bangladeshis) is worth up to £3.6 billion. It employs 80,000 people, more than the number of steelworkers, dentists or solicitors in Britain. …

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