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  • Featured Local Government News Steve Rotheram: I’ll put Liverpool at the centre of the Northern powerhouse

    Steve Rotheram: I’ll put Liverpool at the centre of the Northern powerhouse

    I’m ready to leave parliament to make a difference locally, Steve Rotheram has said today. Launching his manifesto for the Liverpool city region mayoralty, Rotheram unveiled his policy pledges to “reenergise our city region’s dynamism and creativity”. “We were pivotal to the first Industrial Revolution as the gateway to the New World. Let’s ensure we are pivotal to the fourth Industrial Revolution – by being the digital gateway to the New Economy.” Rotheram plans to use the mayoralty powers to harness […]

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  • Comment Featured John Denham: Labour needs to have a strategy for all England, not its regions

    John Denham: Labour needs to have a strategy for all England, not its regions

    There can be no Labour recovery unless Labour wins England. Labour’s wipe out in Scotland and it’s current third place in the polls there leaves the party in an even weaker position than in England. It will actually be easier to win an English majority than in Britain as a whole. What Labour says and does about England is critical. Which is why yesterday’s devolution summit looks like such a bad move. The plan is clear. A federal Union of Northern Ireland, Scotland and […]

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  • Comment Featured Labour Life Chances campaign: We need to focus on early years investment

    Labour Life Chances campaign: We need to focus on early years investment

    Our new Labour Life Chances Campaign asks the Labour party to pledge to introduce a children’s life chances bill, with dedicated funding for the first five years of life. The government’s new schools funding formula is rightly raising hackles throughout the country, but investment in the early years also urgently requires our focus, as it has the greatest impact on children’s life chances. In 2011, the coalition government removed the ring-fencing of local authority funds for non-schools education budgets. What […]

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  • Featured News Unions Len McCluskey: We need a two-thirds threshold to protect EU-derived rights

    Len McCluskey: We need a two-thirds threshold to protect EU-derived rights

    There needs to be a two-thirds threshold in parliament to ensure EU-derived rights aren’t rolled back, Len McCluskey has said. People “did not vote to be worse off”, the Unite general secretary said, no matter how they voted in last year’s referendum on Europe. “UK workers are already the cheapest and easiest to sack in Europe, a shameful state of affairs for an advanced economy. To this the government must not add that UK workers are the easiest to exploit.” […]

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  • Featured News Former Mayor of London to come before Labour ruling body today

    Former Mayor of London to come before Labour ruling body today

    Ken Livingstone will today appear before Labour’s national constitutional committee (NCC) who will decide whether he will be expelled from the party. The former Mayor of London made comments that Adolf Hitler was “supporting Zionism” before he “went mad” . He has been suspended from the Labour Party for eleven months. Evidence will today be presented to the eleven-member NCC, which includes people from constituency labour parties, trade unions and councillors. It is the only Labour body that can expel […]

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