Labour balloon

Contractors need a tough state to stand up for them

Kate Godfrey  |  25 November 2014

When the Conservatives talk about a ‘jobs miracle’, they are talking about the self-employed. Since 2008 three-quarters of jobs created have been by the 4.6 million people who now work for themselves. Self-employment is at record levels. And new employment really is self-employment. Most of the companies registered under this government are one-man bands: sole …

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Our historic mission, our contemporary challenge

Gloria De Piero MP  |  25 November 2014

I was the first person in my family to go to university. As a working-class kid who grew up in Bradford that made me unusual. But it is why I am passionate about ensuring that our education policy delivers our ambitions on social mobility. Alan Milburn’s recent interview with Progress set out the scale of …

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IPSE Manifesto

Making Labour work for the self-employed

George Anastasi  |  25 November 2014

IPSE is the association of independent professionals and the self-employed. With over 21,000 members, we are the largest association of independent professionals in the European Union. We represent freelancers, contractors and consultants from every sector of the economy, providing advice, support and lobbying on behalf of self-employed people across the United Kingdom. There has been …

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A fair shot for the forgotten middle

Philip Ross  |  25 November 2014

On placing a commitment to the self-employed and freelance workers at the heart of his election pledges Ed Miliband said that the self-employed are often the ‘most entrepreneurial, go-getting people in Britain’. He backed this up by making a conference pledge to provide ‘equal rights’ to the self-employed. He noted, ‘two out of three don’t …

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If voters want cruelty they are spoilt for choice

John McTernan  |  21 November 2014

Don’t know about you, but I’m worried. It looks as though we are in danger of breaking Katwala’s Law. Roadtested at party conferences this year, this is the Sunder Katwala’s brilliant observation that – when it comes to immigration – ‘make promises you can keep’. Look, I can buy the idea that you can charge …

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‘We need to show it doesn’t matter what your background is’

Adam Harrison  |  18 November 2014

The plaudits have been rolling in for Naushabah Khan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, launched into the national limelight this autumn as the seat’s Conservative member of parliament switched allegiance to the United Kingdom Independence party. The move prompted a by-election as he followed his new party teammate Douglas Carswell in standing down …

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Ed Miliband University of London

Hunger to win

John Woodcock MP  |  15 November 2014

Black humour can be a good way of getting over traumatic experiences, and there is no doubt that the leadership turmoil surrounding Ed Miliband has been deeply unsettling. In the spirit of moving on so we can regroup, some in Westminster are suggesting that the week of speculation over the leadership has been Labour’s equivalent …

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Harold Wilson

Dark vistas

Lewis Baston  |  11 November 2014

Next May’s election may resemble that of October 1974, believes Lewis Baston Time is running out for two polling phenomena which many have been expecting to kick in before the next general election. The first expected pattern was that the support for insurgent parties would fade as the choice of governments started to loom larger …

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London Squeezed Middle event

Rise of the middle earner muddle

Victoria Silver  |  11 November 2014

Today’s economy, while growing, is doing very little to push people out of low pay. Add to this the fact that, according to a BritainThinks poll, many Londoners class themselves as ‘outsiders’, struggling to succeed and believing that owning a home is a pipe dream. You can therefore see why speakers at last week’s Progress …

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Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall: would Poland suffer, again?

Mike Gapes MP  |  8 November 2014

On 9 November 1989 as senior international officer of the Labour party I was in Warsaw as a member of a delegation of about 10 members of the Socialist International Disarmament Advisory Committee led by Kalevi Sorsa, the former foreign minister and later prime minister of Finland. On 9 November we had a number of meetings …

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