local government

Social justice through work

Nick Forbes  |  26 July 2016

Substantial devolution will help local Labour create jobs As we pick up the pieces of the Brexit vote, it is clear that now more than ever Labour must demonstrate it can create the jobs of the future. Our mission to create social justice through work is our defining characteristic as a party. And the uncertainty following the …

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Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics

Alice Perry  |  22 July 2016

British politics in crisis. Chaos reigns in both Labour and the Conservative party. The Brexit vote has left many people feeling bewildered, unable to recognise their country. People across the political spectrum feel deeply angry with the establishment. The key referendum message which resonated with voters spoke of the desire to ‘take back control’. So …

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Women to govern

Margaret Hodge MP  |  21 July 2016

We need more women leaders —The Fawcett Society, together with the Local Government Information Unit, has launched a commission to look at the role of women in local government. We want to examine women’s participation in local government as councillors, leaders and senior executives. The government’s commitment to devolution makes women’s representation in local government ever more vital. …

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Not so distant

Peter Lamb  |  19 July 2016

Brexit will have a real impact on local government —For an institution as large as the European Union it would be all too easy to assume the implications of Brexit would be largely felt at the national level. Yet, the relationship between the EU and local government is closer than many realise, with councils even benefiting from …

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Labour values put food on the table

Simon Blackburn  |  18 July 2016

In politics one can never really separate the execution of a task from the value base which drove you to bring that task into the public policy sphere. To put together a programme of government is to be engaged in matters of values and ideology, making judgements according to both, and turning those judgements into …

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Learning lessons: What can local government teach the Labour party? 

Robin Wales  |  18 July 2016

Labour in local government is delivering real change to working people’s lives up and down the country. But before talking about what lessons can be learned from local government, a warning: there have been times when local government has got it wrong. We must admit to these failings and learn from them. Just look at …

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What can local government teach the Labour party?

Florence Eshalomi AM  |  11 July 2016

I was thinking about what I could contribute to the debate this morning in the context of ‘What can local government teach the Labour party?’ and I thought I would take us back to 2006. Ten years ago, at the youthful age of 25, in May 2006, I was a bleary-eyed, newly elected councillor in …

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No return to the 1980s

Nick Garland  |  11 July 2016

Last week John McDonnell gave us another reminder of why he is unsuitable to hold a senior position in the Labour party. Speaking to Momentum activists in London, McDonnell reminisced about the defining incident of his time as chair of the finance committee of the Greater London council, under Ken Livingstone, in the 1980s. In …

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Netflix town halls

Kiran Ramchandani  |  9 July 2016

Are our towns and communities ready for the digital revolution? —I am definitely more Uber than black cab. More Netflix than DVD. I am waiting for the day when my phone alarm wakes me up earlier in the morning because all the data connectivity tells it that there are delays on my tube line and …

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Elephant in the room

Peter John  |  9 July 2016

Local politics shows you cannot dodge real needs —Now this may sound obvious, but the power of local government lies in the fact that it is government which is local. It needs to be responsive to the community it represents, flexible enough to meet local needs. It needs to be strong and have the vision …

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