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April 25, 2012 3:14 pm

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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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  • News Labour will meet industry demand by creating more engineers by 2020

    Labour will meet industry demand by creating more engineers by 2020

    Ed Miliband has pledged that a next Labour government would train more people as engineers. In a Facebook post today, Miliband has said that under Labour there would be 400,00 more engineers by 2020.   Miliband notes that research shows “the country needs  approximately 780,000 more engineers between now and 2020 to meet industry demand – 156,000 per year.” But that at the moment “we are training less than half that – leaving Britain with a shortfall of more than […]

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