Labour Friends of Poland

Getting the Labour message to Poles in the UK

Ella Vine  |  11 April 2014

With over half a million Poles living in the United Kingdom according to the 2011 census, and with a heritage in the country of the more than 200,000 Poles who moved here following the second world war, the Polish community is one that Labour can and must engage with. To this end, Labour Friends of …

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David Cameron speaking

David Cameron the Bevanite

John McTernan  |  11 April 2014

Political management has had a bad name. ‘Control-freakery’, ‘Spin’, ‘Stalinism’. I know, I know – I don’t get, they’re not insults to me either, but they have been to the political classes at large. It was one of David Cameron’s oddest ambitions to be both the ‘heir to Blair’ but also the ‘anti-Blair’. Perversely for …

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People. Crowd. UNderground.

Workers losing rights by the back door

Matthew Hood  |  11 April 2014

Year on year I see it dawn on the faces of the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed recruits to the teaching profession that at some point during their career a kid might make a false accusation against them and they are going to have to deal with the fallout. Inevitably the Q&A for this particular session lasts a …

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national minimum wage act

The minimum wage: its history and future

Nick Thomas-Symonds  |  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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Labour doorstep campaign Fiona Mactaggart

Tackling migration myths

Atul Hatwal  |  10 April 2014

Getting tone and message right is essential for discussing immigration, advises Atul Hatwal That is the toughest subject for Labour on the doorstep? It is a fair bet you have just answered ‘immigration,’ the one topic where various Labour politicians have fallen over themselves to say ‘sorry.’ Yet if some have expressed regret for the scale of migration …

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New Lanark was an early cooperative success

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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George Osborne budget 2014

It’s the assets, stupid

Kitty Ussher  |  9 April 2014

How Labour should respond to the budget’s pensions shake-up Labour and the Tories share a perverse incentive to talk down the economy just at the time that economic growth begins to soar. George Osborne and David Cameron, acutely aware that their strongest trait in the eyes of the public is the ability to take tough, …

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Neil Kinnock

22 years on: remembering 1992

Paul Richards  |  9 April 2014

For those of us who lived through it, the election held on 9 April 1992 had a profound impact on our politics. Labour entered the campaign ahead in the polls. At the very least, a Lib-Lab coalition was on the cards. In 13 Tory years we had been through two major recessions, the poll tax …

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Andrew Adonis

Winning the ‘race to the top’

Andrew Adonis  |  8 April 2014

Falling living standards are partly about the price of essentials, like electricity, gas and public transport rising faster than inflation. It is also about wages rising too slowly, and too many people – especially young people – being without decent jobs. There are four big problems we as a country have got to tackle. First, …

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The Insider April 2014

Matching Osborne’s moves

The Insider  |  8 April 2014

Fear is the constant companion of Labour in opposition. We become nervous when our poll leads shrink and the memory of lost elections past is summoned from our collective recall. Are we as secure and as safe from political earthquakes as we need to be to win? Last summer, as Labour seemed to falter, the …

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