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  • News Miliband announces Labour’s plan for older people

    Miliband announces Labour’s plan for older people

    Tomorrow (Friday March 6th) Ed Miliband will lay out Labour’s plans for older people – including how the party would protect pensions, retirement savings and free TV licences and bus passes. Miliband will make this announcement in Redcar (no.91 on their target seat list). While there he’ll say Labour would guarantee there would only be changes to Winter Fuel Payments for the richest 5% of pensioners but would keep TV licences and bus passes free for all who are of […]

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  • Comment Why did Michael Sheen make his speech? It’s because the stakes are so high for our NHS

    Why did Michael Sheen make his speech? It’s because the stakes are so high for our NHS

    It’s been a great week for the internet, whether your bag is controversially coloured dresses, hitchhiking weasels, llamas re-enacting Thelma & Louise, or – as I believe Wales Online uncovered yesterday – an impossibly adorable puppy that bears an uncanny resemblance to Hitler. But for me, the internet’s best produce this week was Michael Sheen’s blistering speech on the NHS. I won’t repeat it here, but spend five minutes reading it if you haven’t already. It was like catching a […]

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  • Comment The politics of justice – enforcing the minimum wage

    The politics of justice – enforcing the minimum wage

    I was astonished and genuinely outraged (as others have been) at the reported remarks of my MP Conservative George Freeman. When answering questions about the low enforcement and prosecutions for those not paying the minimum wage (under this government, there have only been 9, prosecutions and 162 named and shamed) Freeman talked about this criticism as “practising politics of envy”. Stella Creasy MP is absolutely right to call him out , saying this is “the politics of justice “. When […]

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  • Comment Time for an alternative to the pro-austerity consensus

    Time for an alternative to the pro-austerity consensus

    The conventional assessment is that the UK economy is in reasonable shape. Indeed, there has been some growth in GDP over the last year or two and unemployment has fallen. A harsher view – developed in detail in a book being published in March 2015 by Random House called Call to Action, written by myself and former Labour shadow minister Bryan Gould – is to note that average living standards are still well below what they were in 2007. The […]

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  • Comment Call on all Labour candidates to take local health and wellbeing boards to task over cold homes

    Call on all Labour candidates to take local health and wellbeing boards to task over cold homes

    For years fuel poverty campaigners have been calling on politicians to recognise the affects of cold and damp homes on the health of our most vulnerable households. As early as 2011, a report from the World Health Organisation proved that on average nearly 8,000 people die in the UK every year due to living in cold homes – three to four times the number of people who die on British roads and far worse than really cold countries like Germany […]

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