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  • Featured We need rent controls to help solve London’s housing crisis

    We need rent controls to help solve London’s housing crisis

    The words “rent control” are anathema to housing policy wonks and Westminster politicians. They react rather as a vampire presented with garlic and are reduced to babbling about the sacrosanct nature of the market. But the truth is that London’s housing market is broken and trying to apply first year undergraduate economic analysis to it will not solve London’s housing crisis. Because London is in the middle of a housing crisis which touches almost everybody. Amongst other issues: there are […]

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  • Comment Why and how we must fight to make the Labour Party better

    Why and how we must fight to make the Labour Party better

    This piece was inspired by the recent essay on the death of Social Democracy by Neal Lawson I find it impossible to envisage a time that I am not a member of the Labour Party. My feelings for the Party and it’s overarching mission are as strong as they have ever been. I love this Party with a tribal fierceness born of it’s relation to my upbringing, my values  and my yearning to make this a better country. For me, […]

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  • News Miliband says Labour won’t back Tory plans for 1930s style spending – but there will be yearly cuts until the books are balanced

    Miliband says Labour won’t back Tory plans for 1930s style spending – but there will be yearly cuts until the books are balanced

    Ed Miliband will make a major speech on Labour’s plans to reduce the deficit tomorrow (Thursday) – and will make clear that as Prime Minister he would eliminate the deficit in a way “consistent with our values”. This evening, meanwhile, Ed Balls has written to members of the Shadow Cabinet to warn them to “be planning on the basis that your departmental budgets will be cut not only in 2015/16, but each year until we have achieved our promise to balance […]

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  • News Seats and Selections “Special Selections Panel” confirms selection details for York and Kirkcaldy

    “Special Selections Panel” confirms selection details for York and Kirkcaldy

    As we get into the final months before the General Election, some MPs are still announcing their decision to retire (quite late in the Parliament). Recently the party’s NEC decided that future selections should be decided by a “Special Selections Panel” (otherwise known as the SSP). That announcement caused consternation amongst some within the party who feared it might be used to stitch up selections. Yesterday the SSP met to decide the selection process for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (vacated, of […]

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  • Comment We must stand tall and be proud of our record on Human Rights

    We must stand tall and be proud of our record on Human Rights

    Human rights have taken a battering over recent years, on the end of an onslaught from those who think the wrong people’s rights are being protected, or that it’s a foreign plot to impose alien ideals on the British people. Even for a passionate advocate of human rights as myself, it’s not easy to stand firm in the face of these attacks. But I do stand firm, because for me it goes right to the heart of everything I believe […]

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