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Sadiq is right: Labour needs reflection rather than spin

Lewis Parker  |  9 May 2016

‘My slogan was ‘A mayor for all Londoners’. It should never be about “picking sides”, a “them or us” attitude, or a having a political strategy to target just enough of the population to get over the line. Our aim should be to unite people from all backgrounds as a broad and welcoming tent – not …

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Choose hope over fear

Mike Katz  |  26 April 2016

It is no surprise that the mayoral election has been a contest of competing visions for London. But, rather than a contrast between competing ideas for the capital’s transport or policing, while we have set out our plans to improve London, the Tories’ vision has focused decidedly on the gutter. And they are wallowing there. …

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Who owns it?

Frank Field MP  |  21 April 2016

The government quite naturally is intent on launching a counter-offensive in the political debate on tax avoidance, money-laundering and other forms of corruption among the very, very rich. It would have defied political logic had it not chosen to move onto the front foot in this way. Ministers were, of course, forced onto the back …

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Khan and must

Editorial  |  1 April 2016

London is the world’s most brilliant city. Whether it is its response to the 7/7 atrocities or as the city that hosted the globe’s best Olympics yet, it is the coming together of culture, diversity and opportunity that makes it so. Labour in Sadiq Khan has a candidate who in many ways is the personification of that melting pot …

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If it’s broke, fix it

Adam Harrison  |  30 March 2016

Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world Plenty about the way public services
 are currently run could be fixed, even if everything is not totally broken. Scottish Labour under leader Kezia Dugdale turned heads once more last month by pledging 
to abolish council tax – possibly the most unpopular tax ever. It was …

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An equal chance: Making apprenticeships worth celebrating

Fiona Twycross AM  |  16 March 2016

According to the government’s web page publicising this year’s Apprenticeship Week (14 -18 March), the week is ‘to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy’. The theme this year is how ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’ and there is a particular focus on how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses …

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Khan’s focus on technology will be a winner for London

Theo Blackwell  |  10 March 2016

Sadiq Khan yesterday did what few Labour politicians have done in recent memory – put a pro-business, pro-technology platform centre-stage of his manifesto. He and his team are right to do so. London is already the tech capital of Europe, and we are closing in on New York and San Francisco. London is home to world-class …

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Hope needs to beat hate in London

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2016

My first job after leaving student politics was to work for the All Party Parliamentary on combating Antisemitism. The inquiry commissioned by John Mann had a real impact and the then prime minister Tony Blair set up an inter-departmental committee to take forward its recommendations. Within months there was a new prime minister and Gordon …

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Why London needs a Labour mayor: the City and East story

Unmesh Desai  |  3 March 2016

Anybody who has ever come canvassing in City and East (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, and City of London) discovers one thing almost immediately: the acute shortage in housing and how this shortage affects almost every other aspect in these boroughs. Almost every resident raises housing. Whether it is a lack of social housing …

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Sadiq Khan gets social enterprise

Tom McNeil  |  11 February 2016

Sadiq Khan is a politician who understands the impact that socially focused businesses can have on London and the United Kingdom. Back in September 2015, before he was selected as Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, Sadiq made an important media statement. He announced his vision for a public procurement system that gives social enterprises …

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