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Equality in our movement is the responsibility of us all

25 September 2012

For the last two years I and many others have called and called again for political panels in general – and particularly those around the Labour party conference – to be a bit more gender balanced; to at least have...

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Open policy making rooted in real experiences

25 September 2012

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...

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Listen, campaign and be an active part of local communities

24 September 2012

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...

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How Labour can make jobcentres work

24 September 2012

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...

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Labour should focus on what works not what sounds tough

24 September 2012

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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Lib-Dem Conference: Adonis raises the stakes

23 September 2012

Earlier today a panel of leading Labour and Liberal Democrat voices debated the nature of pluralism in our politics. The Fabians and Centre:Forum asked, is the future plural? Lord Adonis, Ming Campbell, Jon Cruddas and Jo Swinson all said yes,...

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