Toby Perkins

A minister for England?

Eddie Bone  |  14 March 2016

On 8 March 2016, in the Boothroyd room of the House of Commons, Jim McMahon, member of parliament for Oldham West and Royton, called upon Jeremy Corbyn to create a minister for England, while Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, reaffirmed his call for an English parliament. These suggestions followed Toby Perkins MP’s private member’s bill …

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The party of small business

Philip Ross  |  30 September 2013

When last week Ed Miliband declared in his conference speech – ‘One Nation Labour – the party of small business’ it was less of an aspiration and more of an observation. Much credit is due to Labour’s  excellent business team for making this a reality – including not just Chuka Umunna (who was raised in …

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Size isn’t everything

Toby Perkins MP  |  2 April 2013

Labour commits to new regional banks By Toby Perkins — In his first conference speech as leader, Ed Miliband expressed his determination to make Labour the party of small business. Last month we took another step towards this goal. As the challengers of tired orthodoxies and the drivers of social mobility, small businesses share our …

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Is Labour becoming the party of small business?

Philip Ross  |  18 March 2013

Is Labour becoming the party of and for small business? It certainly seemed like it last Monday when I joined with a few hundred others who were members of the Labour Entrepreneurial and Small Business network at Brixton market to celebrate the release of the report from Labour’s independent task force on small business. What …

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If you value the NHS: back British business

Paul Richards  |  22 February 2013

The Labour party, rightly, is obsessed with public services. Scratch the surface of any party member, and you’ll get a deluge of views about the health service, education system, libraries, railways and the local council. This is partly a reflection of the prism through which modern socialism sees the public sector: as a method of …

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New vice-chairs announced

Progress  |  15 January 2013

Three of Labour’s November 2012 by-election victors become Progress vice-chairs today. Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty; Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central; and Croydon North MP Steve Reed were appointed by Progress’ new elected strategy board. The board also confirmed in place Progress’ existing officers: honorary president Stephen Twigg and chair Andrew Adonis, …

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Real progress on pubs

John Healey MP  |  9 January 2013

We’re definitely getting better at opposition, and at using parliament to win Labour change. Today’s Labour debate calling for regulation to make sure pub companies deal fairly with their tenant managers and meet the standards set out in their own code of practice forced Vince Cable to rush out a commitment to legislate late yesterday …

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Progress  |  2 December 2012

Purple praise The Purple Papers chapter on the ‘care crunch’ is a further very useful contribution to the debate. It makes the case powerfully for an extension of the free childcare entitlement, currently enjoyed by three- and four-year-olds and some two-year-olds, to 25 hours a week for all children aged one to five. The paper …

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MPs backing respect for shopworkers

Gloria De Piero MP and Toby Perkins MP  |  8 November 2012

According to Usdaw, every minute of every day a shopworker somewhere is assaulted, threatened or abused. Next week I’ll be visiting staff at the Selston Co-op branch in my Ashfield constituency as part of Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign. It’s something I would urge all Labour MPs and councillors to do – when it comes …

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The end of the beginning?

Toby Perkins MP  |  19 July 2012

Labour is regaining the trust of British business. Under Ed Miliband’s leadership Labour have already made huge strides on the journey from the foothills of our dismal 2010 election failure to the lofty peak of returning to power. On Tuesday another significant step felt like it was taken as Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and Chuka …

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