Time for action on steel, not more summits

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP  |  11 November 2015

On Monday 9 November European Union trade and business ministers met in Brussels to discuss a common European response to the crisis hitting the steel sector. This ‘steel summit’ took place exactly four weeks after it was announced that steel production in Redcar would end, leaving 2,200 jobless across Teesside. European steelworks have been under …

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Steel industry needs the government to show some mettle

Anna Turley MP  |  21 October 2015

The current crisis in United Kingdom steelmaking has exposed the ‘northern powerhouse’ for what it is truly is – a sham. Behind the government’s claims to be creating a ‘march of the makers’, rebalancing the economy away from financial services towards manufacturing and regional growth, stands a laissez-faire government with no interest in supporting strategic national …

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The final announcement from your in-flight team

Richard Angell  |  10 January 2015

As everyone passes through customs at the end of Operation Flight I want to stop and thank everyone who made this possible. First, your cabin crew, the Progress staff and volunteers who have taken a lead in the nine seats Labour is targeting where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is standing …

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Operation Flight: Redcar

Stuart Macnaughtan  |  10 January 2015

Operation Flight: Redcar 11am and 2pm, Saturday 10 January 2015 10 Milbank Terrace, Redcar, TS10 1ED Anna Turley Parliamentary candidate for Redcar Operation Flight, as part of the Campaign for a Labour Majority, is a national campaign day in nine of the 106-target seats where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is stepping down. As the incumbent …

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Fight or flight

Lewis Baston  |  27 November 2014

Which seats are first-time coalition MPs vacating? Lewis Baston runs through the targets on Operation Flight’s hitlist North Warwickshire (west Midlands): Mike O’Brien The Conservative majority in the semi-rural constituency of North Warwickshire stands at a slender 54 votes. Explorer and former army officer Dan Byles is standing down after only one term in parliament …

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The strange survival of Liberal England

Stephen Bush  |  7 October 2013

Winning Liberal Democrat-held seats in 2015 will be no walk in the park for Labour, warns Stephen Bush For Labour, liberal voters are like the prodigal son: they have spent the last few decades wandering, but they are, at last, ready to come home. For the first time in a long while, Labour has not …

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On the frontline

Lewis Baston  |  4 June 2013

Last month saw the launch of Progress’ Campaign for a Labour Majority. Lewis Baston profiles the 40 seats which will determine the size of Ed Miliband’s majority ———————————————- While it will only take a small swing to make the possibility of a Labour coalition or minority government a reality, to win a working majority that …

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A new guru in town?

The Insider  |  30 August 2012

Is it a case of step aside Maurice Glasman, there’s a new guru in town? The big Labour summer hit is the rise of the Australian philosopher-politico Tim Soutphommasane, who is being feted by the the party leadership for his suggestion that Labour should create a liberal-left national story of progressive patriotism. Sadly, the ‘guru’ …

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Rolling the state out of industrial policy

Tim Horton  |  26 May 2010

As the axe of spending cuts hovers over the department for business this week, do spare a quick thought for Ian Swales, the new Lib Dem MP for Redcar

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