Connecting Yorkshire

James Lewis  |  27 October 2014

With an economy larger than seven European Union countries, West Yorkshire and the Leeds city-region has the potential to be an economic powerhouse. But improving connectivity across the north of England would enable the region, and the north as a whole, to deliver even greater benefits, competing globally alongside London and the south-east. We have …

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The truth behind ‘brand Boris’

James Sweetland  |  22 August 2014

As news broke this week of another above-inflation fare rise of 3.5 per cent, millions of Londoners (and others) will have asked themselves whether they are receiving value for money. Fares have risen by 42 per cent across London since the election of Boris Johnson in 2008, 17.5 per cent above inflation, with little substantial …

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Busting open the bus monopolies

Andrew Fender  |  21 August 2014

Manchester’s Labour council has a vision that by 2020 Greater Manchester will have pioneered a new model for sustainable economic growth, based around a more connected, talented and greener city region. A key element of our strategy is to improve connectivity locally, nationally and internationally. At one level, this encompasses new, faster rail services across …

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The big society’s big bus con

Sarah Champion MP  |  1 August 2014

Those with long memories may remember a big-talking flagship policy the Tories put forward way back in 2010 as an alternative to properly funded government services. The idea was that instead of local communities being provided with local services, the government would withdraw support and instead, an already down-trodden society would be ‘reinvigorated’, voluntarily providing …

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Enough is enough: east London needs a new bridge

Robin Wales  |  21 July 2014

For many years Newham has campaigned for investment in transport infrastructure, believing, as we do, that with the right links, and developable land, we can attract business and hence jobs for residents. One of the obvious results of this campaigning can be seen in the superb transport links at Stratford where, once Crossrail is complete, …

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Make rail regional

Alex Burrows  |  9 July 2014

The ongoing rail policy debate seems to be an unending and polarised debate solely focused on privatisation versus renationalisation. Unfortunately, this misses several key issues that should be considered. The role of the railways in connecting people and communities with jobs and skills opportunities, with retail and leisure and so on is now recognised and …

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Community impact of aviation must not be ignored

Seema Malhotra MP  |  3 July 2014

Earlier this year at a meeting in Westminster I asked Howard Davies, chair of the airports commission, if he would make a visit to Hounslow and see first-hand the impacts – positive and negative – of Heathrow on the area and the people who live there. Labour has welcomed the work of the Davies commission, …

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Making inroads to our rural supporters

Mary Wimbury  |  27 June 2014

There was a woman who walked nine miles, mostly down a 60-mile-an-hour, windy ‘A’ road because she didn’t have the bus fare and was scared that if she missed her job club appointment her benefits would be stopped. When the Tories announced that they would require claimants to visit job centres daily I wondered how …

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Delivering on the politics of the periphery

Jim Knight  |  27 June 2014

Three years ago in Progress I wrote about the need for what we would now call ‘one nation’ Labour.  Welcome as this approach is, I remain unconvinced that we have a coherent rural and coastal programme to campaign on that makes the new brand credible. While the Tories take their rural heartlands for granted, and …

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Winning the ‘race to the top’

Andrew Adonis  |  8 April 2014

Falling living standards are partly about the price of essentials, like electricity, gas and public transport rising faster than inflation. It is also about wages rising too slowly, and too many people – especially young people – being without decent jobs. There are four big problems we as a country have got to tackle. First, …

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