Ed Miliband’s 2013 New Year Message

28th December, 2012 10:15 am

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    Labour’s Trident differences could be “impossible to reconcile”, says Burnham

    Labour’s differences on Trident renewal may be “impossible to reconcile”, according to Andy Burnham. The Shadow Home Secretary appeared to suggest that the party may have to settle for not having an official position on the policy, as it finds “some way of accommodating” both nuclear unilateralists and multilateralists. He also dismissed the idea of a “halfway house” compromise. Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, the former leadership candidate, who made clear that he is a supporter of renewing the […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Trade Union Action Week Unions The Tory Government threatens to push British workers’ rights to the bottom of the European league table

    The Tory Government threatens to push British workers’ rights to the bottom of the European league table

    “Nothing is off the table”. This was David Cameron’s thinly-veiled attack in 2013 at the beginning of the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership. His intended target: the labour movement and the hard-won rights and benefits the EU has delivered for people in Britain. The motivation for many eurosceptics in the Conservative Party (and, by extension UKIP)is to remove the blockages that the EU provides to extend their damaging domestic agenda. The EU acts as an essential block on many […]

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  • Comment Featured This time, Labour councillors are the standard bearers for the ‘moderates’

    This time, Labour councillors are the standard bearers for the ‘moderates’

    The levels of discontent in the Parliamentary Labour Party are widely recorded, evidenced by accounts of PLP meetings and the votes cast recently regarding the PLP’s backbench committees and its representatives on the NEC. Having previously been a councillor for 12 years I went back to Labour’s Local Government Conference last weekend to take the temperature of the next layer down of the party’s elected representatives. I found a mood that was somewhere on a spectrum between disdain for the […]

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  • News Nick Forbes elected new leader of Labour’s local government group

    Nick Forbes elected new leader of Labour’s local government group

    Leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes was this weekend elected to succeed Jim McMahon as leader of Labour’s Local Government Association (LGA) group. The result was announced at the party’s Local Government conference in Nottingham, after voting by English and Welsh Labour council groups closed last Thursday. Forbes, who is widely seen as a ‘moderate’ within the party, was elected with 68% of the vote on a 74% turnout. He will present a report on local government to Labour’s […]

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  • News Labour MPs set to lead All-Party Parliamentary Group on Proportional Representation

    Labour MPs set to lead All-Party Parliamentary Group on Proportional Representation

    Chuka Umunna and Jonathan Reynolds today pledged their support for the cross-party campaign to introduce proportional representation. The former shadow ministers have signed up for the Make Votes Matter project which also includes UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, Green MP Caroline Lucas and several Lib Dem MPs. It comes after Reynolds tabled a backbench Bill on voting reform in the Commons in December 2015. Make Votes Matter has described the last General Election as the “most disproportionate election ever” in Britain. It […]

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