Labour Manifesto

Politics, the not-so beautiful game

Alan Lockey  |  18 May 2017

The elevation of manifestos is ridiculous – but they reveal more about a party’s priorities, judgement and competence than almost anything else, writes Alan Lockey Imagine yourself a manager of a high profile football club. A well resourced club; one of the richest in the world. Unfortunately however, you now find yourself 2-0 down with …

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A thought-out vision for rural Britain

Jack Eddy  |  30 April 2015

Well, it finally happened! The thing for which I and a large number of rural based Labour candidates and activists have been campaigning for for the best part of over two years – the rural manifesto – was released on Tuesday and is already being met with sighs of relief and cheers of joy from …

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LGBT rights are human rights

Angela Eagle MP  |  22 April 2015

Our record on LGBT rights is one of the things that makes me proudest to have served in the last Labour government. The change we delivered during our 13 years in government was rapid and far-reaching and it helped shift society’s view of LGBT people in a way that was unimaginable just a few decades …

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8 May: the date we start to devolve power

Jessica Studdert  |  16 April 2015

One of the lesser commented-on aspects of Labour’s manifesto launch this week was Ed Miliband’s declaration that Labour would be seeking to win power in order to give it away. At the core of Labour’s offer to the country is a pledge to give power back to people so that they can change things for …

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Tackling the issue of economic credibility head on

Stephen Beer  |  14 April 2015

Labour’s manifesto tackles head on the issue of economic credibility, in terms of fiscal prudence and household finances. In contrast, the Conservatives seem to be undermining their own economic arguments. When Labour lost the 2010 general election, its economic credibility was severely damaged. For the most part, this was unfair. The scale of the financial …

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Missed opportunity

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2014

What the National Policy Forum might have been —This month Labour’s National Policy Forum will meet in Milton Keynes to hammer out the final stages of the party’s policy process, and, in theory, decide the policies that will go into the manifesto.
We could not be meeting in a more symbolic location – win here, and …

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Reassurance, reassurance and reassurance

Rich Durber  |  17 June 2014

The Labour party is about to enter a crucial period. Next month at the National Policy Forum Jon Cruddas‘ policy review will report and present what is in effect a first draft of Labour’s manifesto. A lively debate has been raging across the party for some time as to how big Labour’s offer should be …

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The minimum wage: its history and future

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP  |  11 April 2014

Fifteen years ago, on 1 April 1999, a national minimum wage was finally implemented. It was set at £3.60 per hour, with a lower rate of £3 for those aged 18 to 22. The 1997 Labour manifesto had set out that: ‘Introduced sensibly, the minimum wage will remove the worst excesses of low pay (and …

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Defend the link

The Progressive  |  10 April 2014

The Tories, banks and Daily Mail want the cooperative movement to founder because they fear its power Robert Owen would be bitterly disappointed, but certainly not surprised, at the current travails of the Co-operative Bank. He was used to seeing his grand vision of human cooperation turn to dust. In 1824, flushed with the success …

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Influencing tomorrow

Adam Tyndall  |  7 November 2013

In 1938 Neville Chamberlain spoke of the conflict in central Europe as being in ‘a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.’ In Influencing Tomorrow, Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns show just how far foreign policy has come in the last 75 years. Never again can we dismiss issues beyond our borders as …

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