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The route to growth

The first 18 months of recovery up to mid-2011 had looked promising, particularly for manufacturers. The sector was delivering an increased share of output, providing a boost to our trade performance and investing more than the wider economy. Since then...

Open policy making rooted in real experiences

The Labour policy review is well into its second year and on its second custodian but are we any clearer as to where it’s taking the party and who owns the current policy positions? We need to avoid creating false...

Listen, campaign and be an active part of local communities

The analysis of the 2010 general election showed a very strong correlation between the level of contact with voters and the result. There was also a very strong positive correlation between the result and having a local organiser. That’s why...

How Labour can make jobcentres work

Jobcentre Plus is the main point of contact with the state for job seekers and it needs to adapt. In an ideal world, visiting the jobcentre should be like visiting your GP. The role of the person helping you should...

Labour should focus on what works not what sounds tough

During the Labour leadership contest in 2010 Ed Miliband declared “I don’t think we should try to out-right the right on crime”. I expected a considered change of direction from the excitable and nasty policies of the last few years,...

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