Stephen Twigg

The Portillo moment

Stephen Twigg MP  |  1 May 2017

The defining image of the 1997 election night should give us ambition, writes Stephen Twigg I joined Enfield Southgate Labour party in 1982 when I was 15. It was very much a ‘true blue’ Conservative stronghold. In 1992 there was a healthy four per cent swing from Conservative to Labour but that still resulted in a Tory majority of over 15,000. When …

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Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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Equality for all

Stephen Twigg MP  |  29 October 2015

We must not forget the equalities legislation passed under the Labour government, writes Stephen Twigg One of the finest achievements of the last Labour government was comprehensive legislation to tackle discrimination, promote equality and protect human rights. However, after September 11 the world became more challenging and the focus shifted markedly from liberty to security. …

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Making a success of the SDGs

Stephen Twigg MP  |  2 October 2015

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born out of the aftermath of the second world war. For years, work on human rights focused primarily on civil and political rights while development policy gave priority to economic and social rights. Increasingly the two are closely intertwined. This is reflected well in the new …

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Defend the link

The Progressive  |  10 April 2014

The Tories, banks and Daily Mail want the cooperative movement to founder because they fear its power Robert Owen would be bitterly disappointed, but certainly not surprised, at the current travails of the Co-operative Bank. He was used to seeing his grand vision of human cooperation turn to dust. In 1824, flushed with the success …

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Remembering Rwanda

Stephen Twigg MP  |  7 April 2014

The risk of genocide across the world remains —This month marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Almost one million people were killed in the space of just 100 days. Kwibuka is the word for ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 genocide. Kwibuka20 is a …

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Time for NEC reform to strengthen members’ and councillors’ voices

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2014

The events of last weekend were historic and unifying. The changes will be meaningful and, let us hope, lasting. Giving 2.7 million trade unionists the chance to step closer to the party their forebears helped create is no small thing. And asking the nine million people who stayed loyal in 2010 when the party got …

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History in the making

Stephen Twigg MP  |  26 February 2014

Collins helps make Labour fit for the 21st century I attended my first Labour party annual conference 30 years ago. I was the 17-year-old delegate from Enfield Southgate CLP, conference was in Blackpool, and Neil Kinnock had been party leader for just a year. At that conference, he proposed the adoption of One Member, One …

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Giving primaries a go

Simon Darvill  |  7 November 2013

As someone who has yet to be fully won over by the idea of primaries to choose Labour candidates, I was very interested in Marcus Roberts’ article in the latest edition of Progress magazine on how a primary for our London mayoral candidate might work. I have two main worries about primaries within the Labour …

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Making waves

John Blake  |  16 October 2013

Tristram Hunt made a strong start in his new role as shadow secretary of state for education last weekend: a clear and passionate exchange on the Andrew Marr show (best line: ‘I’ve got a PhD from Cambridge. No one needs to tell me about rigour’) followed a frank interview with the Mail on Sunday in …

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