Tessa Jowell

Zac Versus Sadiq: The Fight to Become London Mayor

Karen Buck MP  |  10 October 2016

Autumn began with a bang for Sadiq Khan. Londoner of the Year in the Evening Standard annual 1,000 top Londoners awards, GQ magazine’s politician of the year, the successful rollout of ‘hopper’ bus tickets. It all looks and sounds as though the result was preordained. But Dave Hill’s highly readable and well-informed account of the …

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‘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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Hardie’s inheritor

Renie Anjeh  |  19 August 2015

Liz Kendall offers the New and blue that Labour needs One of the missed opportunities of the ancien regime was an alliance between New Labour and blue Labour. The potential was there. Maurice Glasman, the blue Labour godfather, wrote an e-book called Labour’s Radical Tradition which included contributions from New Labour luminaries such as James Purnell, Tessa Jowell, Philip Collins, …

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24-hour childcare – it is all about the ethos

Michael Pavey  |  7 August 2015

Dad works as a security guard between 9pm and 9am. Mum is offered a cleaning job working 6am to 2pm. Who will look after their toddler between Mum leaving for work and Dad getting home? Dad works as a driver: four days on, four days off. Mum is offered work in a shop on Saturday …

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It takes guts to stand

Nic Dakin MP  |  3 August 2015

The first thing to say about Labour’s leadership election is that it takes a lot of guts to stand. You put yourself on the frontline and open yourself up to intense public scrutiny of everything you have done and everything you believe; and you are expected to present yourself well, provide vision and inspiration. And …

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Changing the party to change the result in 5 years’ time

Progress  |  16 July 2015

This week the Progress strategy board has endorsed an all-women team to meet Labour’s electoral challenges to come. Elected by the membership of Progress – Labour’s new mainstream, the board members decided to support Liz Kendall for Labour leader and Tessa Jowell for mayor of London. With former Progress vice-chair Andy Burnham, former patron Yvette …

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London’s next mayor should be a democratic trailblazer

Claudia Chwalisz  |  15 June 2015

Both of the frontrunners to succeed Boris Johnson have pledged a more open and inclusive politics. Tessa Jowell, who has been a long and lonely advocate for throwing open Labour’s selection processes through the use of primaries, says she wants her party to leave behind the ‘old politics of backroom deals and factional stitch ups’, …

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Runners and riders

Lewis Baston  |  5 June 2015

Lewis Baston profiles the candidates in Labour’s London mayor candidate selection Diane Abbott has been member of parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman ever elected to parliament. Before being elected she was a civil servant and a broadcast journalist. Although she did not take ministerial office, she has …

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Low pay London needs a pay rise

Claire Kober  |  19 March 2015

Low pay is a feminist issue – so said Tessa Jowell this week as she announced her plans for a new, higher minimum wage for London. On both counts, she’s right. Research published by the Trade Union Congress shows that 60 per cent of those on low pay are women and over a quarter of …

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We need a global, progressive alliance to fight antisemitism

Tessa Jowell  |  9 February 2015

Last summer it happened again. Violence flared between Israel and Gaza. As those events unfolded in the Middle East, and we witnessed the extremely worrying backlash here at home the all-party parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism began its work. Today it comes to a close with the publication of our report and recommendations. In an increasingly interconnected world Britain …

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