Jessica Asato

Letter from … Norwich North

Jessica Asato  |  31 March 2015

I sit writing this after listening to George Osborne’s budget with my new baby girl sleeping nearby. Since I have had a child I worry even more about what the decisions being made today might mean for her in the next 20 or 30 years. Issues which were once a matter of high principle become …

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Don’t be an April fool

Sophie Duder  |  31 March 2015

Six weeks ago some friends and I set up RegistHERtoVOTE – an online action group to encourage women to check they are on the electoral register and get their voices heard. And today, with 20 days to go before the electoral register closes, we launch our website and campaign officially.  ‘Don’t be an April fool, …

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Stand a little taller

Editorial  |  31 March 2015

The fact is that the Conservative party should not be in the running for victory on 7 May. In electoral terms, the Tories face an uphill battle to ever win a majority again. Not since 1992 have the Conservatives secured more than 40 per cent of the vote in a British general election – an astonishingly poor …

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A better future

John Woodcock MP  |  31 March 2015

Why we must win the election When locked in the toil of an election campaign it sometimes pays to lift your head from the minutiae of road groups, switchers and contact rates, to consider why it is we are sweating blood to win. (Though only briefly, you understand. Those leaflets are not going to bag …

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Lucy Powell MP

Britain succeeds when working families succeed

Lucy Powell MP  |  31 March 2015

This will be one of the closest elections in a generation; vitally important for the future of our country. At this election the public will face a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s plan for working people. At the heart of this campaign is Labour’s belief that Britain succeeds when working families succeed. …

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Mandy Telford

The doorstep challenge

Mandy Telford  |  31 March 2015

Mandy Telford gives her tips for those new to the doorstep Yes, the public aren’t big fans of politicians right now – but do not mistake that for them hating the individuals that knock on their door. In fact, you always find people keen to talk and willing to discuss. With an election so close, and so many undecided voters …

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Tested to destruction

The Progressive  |  30 March 2015

How to survive the short campaign In John Buchan’s Thirty-Nine Steps, published exactly 100 years ago, the number 39 assumes great mystery. In the book, it is revealed to be the number of steps in a Kent coastal town leading to a shipload of dastardly German spies. In one of the film adaptations, it is the …

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Preparing for power

Mark Ferguson  |  27 March 2015

The Labour party in government will urgently need to cultivate the seeds of movement politics it sowed in opposition, writes Mark Ferguson The Labour party is not a staid, safe and secure party ensconced in Westminster. It is not enshrined in a single man or woman. It is not hidden away behind bricks and mortar. …

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An SNP or Green vote is one for the Tories

Rich Durber  |  26 March 2015

The great American progressive lawyer Louis Brandeis wrote that, ‘in a democracy the most important office is the office of citizen’. This was, he explained, because democracy requires all individuals to look beyond their own narrow personal interest and consider the common good. In his budget last week George Osborne set voters a test. A …

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Call to Action

Jonathan Todd  |  26 March 2015

About a decade ago, a Labour member of parliament asked me, ‘What became of Bryan Gould?’ Being too literal, I replied, ‘Is he not an academic in New Zealand?’ The MP looked at me disappointedly, as I had missed the contemporary political point that he was alluding to amid my overly earnest focus on facts. …

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