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Corbyn is learning fast

Sally Gimson  |  28 October 2015

This is the way to do prime minister’s questions if you want to make sure the debate is held on your terms. It felt a bit like Jeremy Corbyn was battering David Cameron over the head with an iron bar as pounded him six times with the same questions about tax credit cuts. It was not …

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The Last Word … Welcome to Paradise

Jamie Reed MP  |  23 October 2015

It was an extraordinary sight this week to see Tory members of parliament rightly decrying George Osborne and David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits that is going to take an average of £1,300 away from approximately 3 million working families in Britain. Extraordinary because having shed their crocodile tears for the benefit of that all-important …

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Marshalling for the ‘missing million’

Richard Angell  |  19 October 2015

The priority of every Labour politician on television, radio and local media must be to make clear that the government has made a choice on tax credit cuts, that there is still time to change their minds, and that just a two year delay – elequently pointed out by Rachel Reeves yesterday – could limit the impact …

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Additional family hardship on the horizon

Donald Hirsch  |  12 August 2015

Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles. Significantly higher minimum wages and tax allowances will increase …

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London’s (not) earning

Fiona Twycross AM  |  7 August 2015

Sending the strongest signal yet that the he is intent on targeting the poorest in our society, George Osborne used last month’s summer budget to announce a real-terms cut to tax credits. It was a move which will see millions of working people, already struggling to get by on low wages, unable to escape the …

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Kendall’s five pledges are good for the north

Rebecca Charlwood  |  5 August 2015

Labour has been in shock since May, but it is now time to start building a positive case that we can take to the electorate in five year’s time. In doing this we must strike a balance between ideological purity and a programme the electorate will support. Jon Cruddas’ research shows that voters will elect …

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Kendall’s revolutionary vision

Tom Levitt  |  3 August 2015

Liz Kendall’s leadership candidacy has broadened Labour’s agenda while focusing on the absolute need to win elections, which we can only do on a programme that includes all significant sectors of the population. She shows admirable courage in tackling difficult issues and has caused me to reconsider my own knee-jerk responses to government policies in …

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Working poor are the real strivers

Kevan Jones MP  |  12 December 2012

In an attempt to divert attention from his failure to meet his own fiscal targets, George Osborne knew that he would have to pull a political rabbit out of the hat in last week’s autumn statement. So he pledged to uprate benefits by just one per cent in each of the next three years, placing …

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Families first

Stephen Twigg MP  |  3 July 2012

Childcare should be at the heart of our future offer to the British people, argues Stephen Twigg On taking office in 1997, Labour entered unchartered territory in early years policy. By the end of our time in government, it had gone from being a policy-free zone to being one of the most radical and transformative …

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Need a helping hand?

Yvonne Fovargue MP  |  21 March 2012

Every year my trade union Usdaw organises a national campaign day, called Spotlight Day. This year Spotlight Day is Wednesday 21 March. The theme of Spotlight Day varies from year to year but in 2012 Usdaw is using it to focus on raising awareness of the coalition’s cuts to welfare support for children and families …

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