Government has to act on unemployment, says Balls

February 15, 2012 3:16 pm

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    Weekly Survey: The NPF, Assisted Dying Bill and Miliband and Obama meet

    Labour held its final major National Policy Forum (NPF) meeting at the weekend to finalise positions on a whole swathe of of policy areas. LabourList covered it in depth – not only did we run a comprehensive liveblog all weekend and have first coverage of Ed Miliband’s speech, we also had reactions from those that were there. It was a weekend of “consensus, not conservatism” according to our Contributing Editor (and NPF delegate) Emma Burnell, while Mark Ferguson reckoned it meant a “reorientation […]

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  • News Tom Watson teams up with former Conservative Shadow Home Secretary to sue the government over DRIP

    Tom Watson teams up with former Conservative Shadow Home Secretary to sue the government over DRIP

    It’s reported today that Tom Watson, the Labour MP for West Bromwich East and former Campaign Co-orindator, has teamed up with David Davis, the former Conservative Home Secretary, to sue the government over the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill (DRIP). DRIP – which has been introduced into a European Court of Justice ruling that said actions taken under the Data Retentions Act of 2009 were illegal – gives the government extensive surveillance powers and makes it so that internet and phone […]

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  • News Labour accuse Maude of “politically inspired civil service bashing”

    Labour accuse Maude of “politically inspired civil service bashing”

    Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has been accused of causing a crisis in Whitehall morale through “routine, politically inspired civil service bashing” by his Labour counterpart Michael Dugher. This comes after Sir Bob Kerslake stepped down from his role as Head of the Civil Service last week, a situation that Dugher describes as “shabby”. Speaking to the national trade union committee today, Dugher said that Kerslake’s departure comes due to Tory ministers fomenting a poor working relationship, say they had: “made […]

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  • News Polling Latest Ashcroft marginal polling shows UKIP could win top Labour target seats

    Latest Ashcroft marginal polling shows UKIP could win top Labour target seats

    Lord Ashcroft has released his latest polling of marginal Conservative-held seats where Labour are in second place – in other words, Labour’s top target seats. He last polled these fourteen seats in late May, and the results suggested that Labour would win thirteen of them. The latest fieldwork, however, shows a greater swing to UKIP, and not just from the Tories: they’re taking plenty of Labour votes too. Labour are now on course to win just eleven of the seats, with […]

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  • Comment No child should be too hungry to learn

    No child should be too hungry to learn

    Universal healthy free school meals is a policy that has been pioneered by Labour and by Labour councils in Southwark, Hull, Newham, Islington and Durham. At the National Policy Forum (NPF) over the weekend, Labour’s policy for the General Election was thrashed out and during this a commitment was made to finding ways to extend this cross cutting policy. The consensus wording makes Labour’s current record and future ambitions on free school meals clear. Just over a year ago, the […]

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