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The Productivity Plan – short on measurability

Peter Kyle MP  |  5 February 2016

The business, innovation and skills select committee, which I sit on, has just published its report into George Osborne’s much-hyped Productivity Plan which he unveiled last summer. Unfortunately like so many of the chancellor’s grand announcements, once you look at it in more detail, you find it does not really add up … When I …

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Why the Greens were beaten back in Brighton

Tom Bewick  |  19 May 2015

Something very special happened on election night in Brighton and Hove – one of Britain’s most creative and staunchly independent minded cities. As our worst fears came to be realised – following that night’s shocking exit poll – Hove bucked the national trend and turned ‘red in a sea of blue’. The three parliamentary seats …

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Think global, act local – Labour’s way ahead

Tom Bewick  |  27 March 2015

The London borough of Haringey and Brighton and Hove city have similar-sized populations – 260,000-300,000. They attract a lot of people who have not necessarily been brought up locally, who move in and enjoy the diverse and cosmopolitan way of life. While distinct communities, both areas find themselves inevitably drawn in by the huge gravitational …

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The final announcement from your in-flight team

Richard Angell  |  10 January 2015

As everyone passes through customs at the end of Operation Flight I want to stop and thank everyone who made this possible. First, your cabin crew, the Progress staff and volunteers who have taken a lead in the nine seats Labour is targeting where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is standing …

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Operation Flight: Hove

Stuart Macnaughtan  |  10 January 2015

Operation Flight: Hove 11am and 2pm, Saturday 10 January 2015 99 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BA Peter Kyle Parliamentary candidate for Hove Operation Flight, as part of the Campaign for a Labour Majority, is a national campaign day in nine of the 106-target seats where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is stepping down. As the incumbent …

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Four weeks to go until Operation Flight

Peter Kyle MP  |  10 December 2014

When the hashtag #WhereIsWeatherley started trending about my opponent, I knew there was all to play for in the upcoming election. He clearly did too, which is probably why he resigned earlier this year. Being an activist in an ultra-marginal with a weak opponent means that every ounce of work you contribute delivers an impact …

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Fight or flight

Lewis Baston  |  27 November 2014

Which seats are first-time coalition MPs vacating? Lewis Baston runs through the targets on Operation Flight’s hitlist North Warwickshire (west Midlands): Mike O’Brien The Conservative majority in the semi-rural constituency of North Warwickshire stands at a slender 54 votes. Explorer and former army officer Dan Byles is standing down after only one term in parliament …

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Solving the skills mismatch

Tom Bewick  |  2 July 2014

For decades Britain has suffered a major skills mismatch, particularly at technician level. We have made some progress, but as recent poor productivity figures show, the country is not keeping pace with other advances economies. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development last year ranked England 22nd out of 24 countries in terms of adult …

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Labour history unfolding in Hove

Chris Henry  |  6 June 2014

It is amazing where little pieces of history can be found. Who would have thought that an important discovery would be made in a convenience store in Hove, East Sussex? After Peter Kyle was selected as the parliamentary candidate for Hove and Portslade he moved into a new office on Church Road in Hove. There …

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Prioritising the 106

Bex Bailey  |  24 January 2014

We don’t have abundant resources. We don’t share the Tories’ ability to inject millions into target seats. We don’t have long left before the general election. What we do have is a team of some of the most dedicated activists – people who are willing to commit significant amounts of their time to talking to …

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