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  • Featured Tristram Hunt tells private schools to bring down “Berlin Wall” with state sector – or lose £700 million in tax breaks

    Tristram Hunt tells private schools to bring down “Berlin Wall” with state sector – or lose £700 million in tax breaks

    Labour will announce plans to ‘recast’ the relationship between state and private schools, it has been announced. In a speech at Walthamstow Academy (part of the state and private school partnership United Learning), Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt will set out a plan to tackle the ‘corrosive divide’ in education by making around £700 million currently received by private schools in business rates relief conditional on them meeting minimum standards of partnership with the state sector. At present, many private schools receive this […]

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  • Featured Labour will make £250m worth of savings in Home Office to preserve frontline police jobs

    Labour will make £250m worth of savings in Home Office to preserve frontline police jobs

    Labour have published the first report from their zero-based spending review (ZBR) – the assessment of all governmental spending that the party launched in December last year to plan how to tackle the deficit. The ZBR is led by Chris Leslie, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and today’s initial report is launched jointly with Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, as the focus lies on her department. Today’s report announces that Labour would making savings to the Home Office budget of £250 million, and […]

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  • Comment Featured Our response is not to carry on as before, but to adapt and change

    Our response is not to carry on as before, but to adapt and change

    When I last wrote for LabourList, in the wake of the Heywood and Middleton result, someone suggested that my position was that “no change of tack was needed”. Even the headline of that article “the overnight results only underline the nature of the challenge we all face” makes it clear that this is untrue. But I wanted to explore this challenge further – which is why I gave a speech recently on this topic. We owe it to ourselves as […]

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  • Comment The talent we need to improve Labour’s image already lies on our backbenches

    The talent we need to improve Labour’s image already lies on our backbenches

    The message that Labour will repeal the bedroom tax and the NHS reforms and initiate a massive programme of house building and youth employment is lost in a morass of chatter: how well you eat a bacon butty, a badly judged tweet or a dodgy photo. And voters are supposed to make decisions that will affect them, their children and their country for ever. Labour must come to grips with that reality to give us any hope at all of […]

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  • News Weekly Survey: Scottish income tax, Rochester & Strood by-election and Thornberry’s resignation

    Weekly Survey: Scottish income tax, Rochester & Strood by-election and Thornberry’s resignation

    Former Chancellor and chair of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling weighed in on matters of fiscal devolution this week, arguing that income tax should not be completely devolved to Holyrood. “We risk ending up with the same institutional structures of the eurozone: an integrated monetary union without a fiscal union,” he warns, “No one voted for that.” Of the candidates for Scottish Labour leader, all have expressed their reservations about total devolution on the subject, although Jim Murphy has […]

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