‘London’s shop steward’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  2 February 2016

The soon-to-be mayor of London Sadiq Khan talks to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison, and he is hungry for new powers We lost to everyone, everywhere’, says Sadiq Khan, quoting his friend and colleague Jon Cruddas, Labour’s former policy chief speaking on the party’s defeat last May. Scotland was a wipeout, few marginal seats were won, and the Tories …

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The cruellest symbol of our divided society

Sam Stopp  |  29 January 2016

There is one statistic above all which provides the punchline to the sick joke that is ‘One Nation Conservatism.’ Since the Tories returned to power in 2010, the number of rough sleepers in London has increased from 3,600 to 7,500. Contrast this revolting reality with the Tories’ claim that they have fixed our economy and the …

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London’s young people need a Labour mayor

Benjamin Butterworth  |  19 January 2016

Turn up at London Labour’s new headquarters on a Monday night, and you will find a room filled with young members from right across the city, and the party spectrum. It is only a six or seven minute walk from parliament, but the atmosphere could not be any more different. Young Labour members are turning …

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Even Zac knows housing bill will hurt London

Mike Katz  |  13 January 2016

New research published by Sadiq Khan shows just how unaffordable the private rented sector has become in London Londoners are on average spending more than half of their pre-tax incomes on rent in 20 of the 32 London boroughs. Whilst the two worst boroughs are – unsurprisingly – Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea (where average rents …

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#Target21 for mental health

Jonathan Slater  |  8 January 2016

In March of last year I was appointed by the mayor of Lewisham, as one of the one of the borough’s elected councillors, to be the mental health champion for Lewisham. My role is to promote mental health awareness across all business of the council. I ensured that the first motion on mental health, which …

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An open letter to Ken Livingstone

Joe Goldberg  |  27 November 2015

Dear Ken, I was there at Edgware Road on July 7 2005 when Mohammad Sidique Khan detonated a bomb killing Laura Webb, Colin Morley, Jennifer Nicholson, David Foulkes, Jonathan Downey and Michael Brewster, and maiming many others. The scenes at Edgware Road were beyond description. I returned to the station for the first time this …

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What a whimper

Mike Katz  |  7 October 2015

As Boris Johnson bowed out as mayor before the Tory faithful with a trademark bang, Zac Goldsmith took up the baton with a definite whimper. While it is always a challenge to be the warm-up act for one of the best orators the Tories have produced for a generation, London Tories will have hardly been …

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Playing with fire: cuts and closures

Fiona Twycross AM  |  1 October 2015

In slashing the London Fire Brigade budget by £106m Boris Johnson has forced through the closure of 10 fire stations, cut 14 fire engines and axed over 500 fire fighters. The most worrying part is that he is still not finished. Under Johnson’s mayoralty, the fire service in London has had to survive the greatest …

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Another shot of southern discomfort

Lewis Baston  |  21 August 2015

Labour’s horror-show relationship with the south continues Here we are again. The Southern Discomfort series, begun in the early 1990s, is now joining Halloween and Friday the 13th as a long-running horror franchise. Policy Network’s Southern Discomfort Again revisited the problem in 2010, and followed up with a 2015 update this summer. The depressing similarity between the overall …

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London is the UK’s economic powerhouse

Gareth Thomas MP  |  11 August 2015

Labour lost the last election because our leadership was not seen as credible and we were not trusted on the economy. The first test as to whether we have learnt those lessons will come next May in London where we have a realistic chance, but absolutely no guarantee, of taking a Tory-held seat and winning …

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