Jacqui Smith

Learning from the universal credit shambles

Jacqui Smith  |  10 December 2013

However Iain Duncan Smith spins it, it seems clear that universal credit is a policy in trouble. What should future Labour ministers learn from this experience? IDS won some respect for thinking deeply about welfare reform while still in opposition. He set up the Centre for Social Justice which produced interesting ideas on early years …

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Feeling good is no substitute for doing good

Jacqui Smith  |  4 November 2013

Next week, I’ll be speaking at the Labour Women’s Network Political Day in the session on ‘Will Labour win from the centre or the left?’ One of my arguments will be that it is only in the centre of the political spectrum that we will find the policies and the support to get elected in …

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Out of the hubbub

Jacqui Smith  |  23 September 2013

I’m not in Brighton this week, so I’ve decided to put the conference to the ‘breaking through’ test that I called for in last week’s column. What’s the impact of the conference on people who aren’t there and probably didn’t even know it’s happening? In one sense, I can never really do this properly as …

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A new deal for education

Toni Pearce  |  9 August 2013

This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of a seminal inquiry into the future of education. The Robbins review’s famous conclusion, that ‘university places should be available to all who are qualified for them by ability and attainment’, heralded a huge expansion: just five per cent went to higher education then, but now it is nearer …

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Paying for politics

Jacqui Smith  |  16 July 2013

I ‘listened’ to Ed’s big speech last week via Twitter in Amman, Jordan. Quite rightly it got strong support and was acclaimed as a big and brave move. There has been much commentary on it, so I want to focus on one thought that emerged for me – not least because of where I was …

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Innovation, quality, decentralisation and collaboration

Jacqui Smith  |  17 June 2013

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg’s speech today had a vital job to do. How can we build on the very best aspects of Labour education reform – some of which has been continued by Michael Gove – while also identifying where the Tory version of education reform has fallen short? Gove and the Tories want …

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Big thinking for Labour on higher education

Jacqui Smith  |  10 June 2013

The last Labour government was right to reform student finance and to introduce tuition fees. The costs, like the benefits, of higher education need to be shared between the individual and the state. Tory-led reforms fail in not recognising the wider public benefits of higher education and the significance of widening access. However, one of …

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On the frontline

Lewis Baston  |  4 June 2013

Last month saw the launch of Progress’ Campaign for a Labour Majority. Lewis Baston profiles the 40 seats which will determine the size of Ed Miliband’s majority ———————————————- While it will only take a small swing to make the possibility of a Labour coalition or minority government a reality, to win a working majority that …

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Doorstep challenge

Ash McGregor  |  16 May 2013

Shadow home affairs minister Gloria de Piero kicked off the Progress annual conference breakout debate, Doorstep challenge: Can we win on crime and immigration?, focusing on antisocial behaviour. She said that the government was turning the clock back. In the most recent crime survey for England and Wales, eight out of 10 respondents thought levels …

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No new broom for policing

Jacqui Smith  |  30 April 2013

When Tom Winsor was appointed as the first non-police chief inspector of constabulary last year, I toyed with the idea that this could be a good thing. A breath of fresh air: focusing on the public rather than just the profession; allowing innovative new ideas brought from across the public sector and beyond. However, I …

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