Hard Times

Stephen Beer  |  11 June 2014

From the start, there was something different about the last recession. The financial crisis hit all sectors of the economy at the same time and demand fell across the economy. People were angry yet the backlash was relatively muted. The Occupy demonstrations for a time seemed to express the public mood, but the campers took …

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Giving people control – the job of the next Labour government

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 May 2014

In responding to the survey that I, George Howarth and Luciana Berger ran on zero-hours contracts, one person said: It has been very difficult as I want to move on with my life but can’t as I don’t know when and if I will be next out of work so this stops me from committing …

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Growing the economy: What strategies will help SMEs grow and export? With the Advertising Association

  |  28 April 2014

Growing the economy: What strategies will help SMEs grow and export? With the Advertising Association 12.30-2pm, Monday 28 April 2014 7th Floor North, Artillery House, 11-19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT Toby Perkins MP Shadow minister for small business Adrian Bailey MP Chair, business, innovation and skills select committee Andy Duncan President, the Advertising Association Victoria …

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Completing the unfinished project of English devolution

Fiona Twycross AM  |  9 April 2014

Almost 10 years ago, on a cold day in late October 2004, I stood with dozens of other Labour party activists at the foot of the Angel of the North. Frozen thumbs-up the north-east devolution referendum as the then deputy leader of the Labour party John Prescott wrestled at the bottom of the hill with …

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Apprenticeships at heart of Labour’s growth plan

Andrew Adonis  |  30 January 2014

Despite the UK having near-record levels of youth unemployment, many of our best small businesses are held back by major skills shortages in key growth sectors. Tackling this mismatch, with an expansion of modern apprenticeships, needs to be at the heart of Labour’s growth plan if we are to allow our growth sectors to compete …

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Memo on … social security

Paul Richards  |  18 November 2013

Welcome to the Department for Work and Pensions. Your new department spends more public money than we spend on the police, schools, hospitals, railways and international development combined. Nearly 20 per cent of government expenditure is spent on benefits, excluding pensions. If Ed Miliband’s new government is serious about predistributing wealth, not redistributing it via …

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Survival skills

Jonathan Todd  |  5 November 2013

The middle class is changing. Labour’s vision of the state must change with it, writes Jonathan Todd As leader of the Labour party, Tony Blair was keener than his predecessors to align his party with the idea of aspiration. This was both a conviction that background should not limit anyone and a pitch for the …

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A NEET idea

Graeme Cooke  |  2 September 2013

Labour should commit to slashing the number of young people not in work or education. Graeme Cooke suggests how More than one in seven 16-to-24-year-olds – over a million young people – are not in education, employment or training in the UK. Rather than developing their skills or starting their careers, these youngsters are being …

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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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The zero hours reductio-ad-absurdum

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 August 2013

I was once fretting about being mired in a political argument, when a very experienced politician said to me, ‘Ally, never be afraid of having the row. It’s only when you’re having a row, you know you really might be getting somewhere.’ Those words came back to me as I read through Katie Hopkins, and …

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