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Letetr from … New Zealand

Darren Hughes  |  6 November 2017

New Zealand has a new government under Labour prime minister Jacinda Ardern. But how will it work? Darren Hughes explains For followers of centre-left politics there has not been a lot of good news of recent times  – in terms of victories, rather than improved performances, at least. This has changed with the swearing in …

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We need to talk about compromise

Mary Wimbury  |  24 October 2016

I have been struck talking to new party members how often I have heard variations on the sentiment ‘I couldn’t be an elected politician, I couldn’t compromise my beliefs’. There is admiration for Jeremy Corbyn, based on his refusal to compromise, but also a recognition that it is something successful elected politicians need to do. The art of …

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Only realism and not rhetoric can deliver for Britain’s young people

Gareth Smith  |  4 April 2016

The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Is Britain Fairer?, published late last year, drew further attention to the growing problem of youth poverty. While the proportion of older people living in poverty has fallen sharply, this figure has gone in the opposite direction for 16-24-year-olds. 30.5 per cent of them are living …

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Can the increased living wage help reduce in-work poverty?

Ben Richards and Nida Broughton  |  4 November 2015

Recent years have seen poor wage growth, with real wages falling for many workers. In addition, government cuts and benefit freezes since 2010 have contributed towards decreasing standards of living for many. Low income households also face the prospect of (possibly watered down) cuts to tax credits over the coming years. The big task the …

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What Would Keir Hardie Say?

Greg Rosen  |  9 October 2015

This fascinating collection of essays is a timely reminder of Keir Hardie’s sheer achievement of founding the Labour party and the doggedness and courage it took. Essays emphasise his moral voice, the depth of his determination to overcome adversity, his Christian faith, and his socialism. Hardie was ‘a socialist not a statist,’ writes Melissa Benn. …

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Tipping point

Fiona Twycross AM  |  2 September 2015

Over the past few weeks, the extent of sharp practice over service charges and tips in the restaurant trade has been exposed with some chains charging between eight per cent and 10 per cent fees for dividing tips up between staff. In the case of Las Iguanas, waiting staff are required to pay three per …

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Where are the Tories in our leadership debate?

Mary Wimbury  |  20 August 2015

This week, we hear the Department of Work and Pensions has made up quotes from sanctioned benefits claimants for a leaflet. These fictitious people were pleased they had been sanctioned because it made them up their job search game. No wonder they had to make them up! My experience is those who are sanctioned often …

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Additional family hardship on the horizon

Donald Hirsch  |  12 August 2015

Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles. Significantly higher minimum wages and tax allowances will increase …

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Kendall will build on our success

John Ferrett  |  4 August 2015

As a losing candidate in the recent general election, in a seat Labour held from 1997-2010, I made my contribution to the four million conversations that the party pledged to have with voters. However, those conversations not only told us what the party did not want to hear, particularly in terms of the leader’s unpopularity …

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Kendall’s revolutionary vision

Tom Levitt  |  3 August 2015

Liz Kendall’s leadership candidacy has broadened Labour’s agenda while focusing on the absolute need to win elections, which we can only do on a programme that includes all significant sectors of the population. She shows admirable courage in tackling difficult issues and has caused me to reconsider my own knee-jerk responses to government policies in …

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