William Beveridge

Five giant causes

Gloria De Piero MP  |  18 August 2015

Labour’s next mission In 1942 William Beveridge identified the five ‘giant evils’ of society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease. His proposals led to the foundation of the welfare state, and were the basis for much of what the 1945 Labour government achieved. Its successes, most notably the NHS, have stood the test of time. The next Labour government must …

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‘I will give my life to this party’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  17 August 2015

‘Mine is the real anti-austerity politics, because it will help Labour win and stop the vile things the Tories are doing’, Liz Kendall tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Straight from a terrible defeat – one arguably worse than the nadir of 1983 – Labour plunged into a leadership contest that has been gripped by Corbynmania …

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Battleground Britain

Editorial  |  5 February 2014

Forty years ago this month, Harold Wilson led Labour back to power and ejected Edward Heath from Downing Street. It was hardly a resounding victory: Labour won fewer votes but a handful more seats than the Tories, and Wilson was 17 seats short of a majority, forcing him to call a second general election only …

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A majority within reach

Editorial  |  10 May 2013

The general elections of 1945, 1979 and 1997 are rightly deemed to be milestones in postwar British political history. But if Ed Miliband leads Labour to victory in 2015, that achievement will instantly earn itself a place in the history books. Put to one side Labour’s narrow win in February 1974 – when it won …

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‘Something-for-something Britain’

Liam Byrne MP  |  1 December 2012

It was a heck of a year. 1942 wasn’t the beginning of the end. But it was, as Churchill said, the end of the beginning. The Allies turned the tide in north Africa, Stalingrad and Guadalcanal. Interest in what the fight was for hit a new high and, 70 years ago today, Sir William Beveridge …

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The values of welfare

Frank Field MP  |  30 November 2012

1 December marks the 70th anniversary of the Beveridge report. The aim of the report was to change welfare as voters had known it. Seven decades on it hasn’t quite turned out like that. Both William Beveridge, and, more importantly, Clement Attlee, were clear that welfare should be both based on and be driven by …

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Real choices for Labour

Editorial  |  25 October 2012

Progress launches a debate on the challenges the party faces The aftermath of the financial crisis can hardly be said to have ushered in a golden era for European social democracy. Throughout the continent, centre-left parties have struggled to present a plausible alternative to the right’s message of belt-tightening and budget-balancing, and have paid a …

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All the pits have closed

Hopi Sen  |  2 July 2012

If you visit Phil Wilson’s constituency of Sedgefield, you’ll soon be reminded of the deep heritage of the Labour movement in County Durham. Whether the monument to the Trimdon Grange disaster, the huge ballroom of the Ferryhill Working Men’s Club, or a roadsign giving you directions to Peterlee – perhaps the only town in the …

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A 20-year welfare plan

Frank Field MP  |  26 June 2012

The prime minister obviously likes shooting from the hip, exercising his skills this weekend. As a true heir-to-Blair the weekend press was softened up with the punchlines of the speech he made yesterday. If good headlines were the aim then the exercise must count as a success. PM to crack down on the under-25s roared …

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Breaking the silence on housing

David Talbot  |  29 March 2012

Over the past few months an issue that has received scant political attention over the past few decades became the most emotive issue not only in Westminster, but across the land. It sparked a petition of nearly a quarter of a million; organisations ranging from Campaign to Protect Rural England to the National Federation of …

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