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In search of gender parity

Equality issues are front page news again today, but for all the wrong reasons. A male tennis tournament organiser suggested female tennis players should get “down on their knees and thank men” and Novak Djokovic questioned equal prize money in...

What's the future for industrial towns?

Before winning the election in May this year, I spent three years knocking on doors as the Labour candidate in Redcar and listening to local people's thoughts and views. The biggest concern raised with me was the lack of jobs,...

Equal aspiration: The London test

When Aneurin Bevan died in 1960, a Conservative MP wrote in the Evening Standard that his passing reflected the Labour party’s failure to respond to a changing social reality: “In the coalfields from which he came, Marx and Engels have...

The case for child benefit

George Osborne has his sights on child benefit. Yesterday, challenged repeatedly, he refused to rule out scrapping the benefit and merging it into means-tested universal credit.

He could hardly do otherwise, while also claiming he can find £12 billion in benefit...

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