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Miliband's set us all up for an exciting conference season

Miliband's set us all up for an exciting conference season

by Tom Wadsworth / 09 Jul 2013 13:11

Politics just got interesting again but the summer holidays are coming up. August is going to seem like a tense hiatus before September brings a conference season that could be electrifying.

By the end of October we may have a much clearer idea of which way the tide is flowing and whether it’s prime minister Ed or five more years of Dave from 2015. 

I thought the spending review would be the last big political

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Now Ed needs to show the value of membership

Now Ed needs to show the value of membership

by Stuart Thomson / 09 Jul 2013 12:48

Ed Miliband’s attempts to regain the initiative on the relationship between the Labour Party and the trade unions will define his leadership.

This discussion has been coming from the very outset of his leadership but instead of concentrating on whether union members should ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of membership of the party, Miliband should be looking at what being a member of the Labour Party actually means. Why should anyone join the party as a member?

Without considering

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Mark Harper to make a move on lobbying

by Amber Elliott / 17 Jan 2012 12:04

Mark Harper will be announcing proposals for a new framework for lobbyists on Friday.

As the Daily Mail suggested last week, it seems political lobbyists will be forced to join a statutory register and sign a code of conduct.

There is a rumour that the proposals may include an attempt to limit the power of trade unions, perhaps by placing them on the register.

The Independent on Sunday seems to

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Public sector strikes: in pictures

Public sector strikes: in pictures

by Caroline Crampton / 30 Nov 2011 11:14

Members of the University and College Union prepare placards in London

Radiographers from the Royal Liverpool Hospital stand on the picket line with a skeleton they have named Dave

A woman from the Fair Pay Fair Pensions group hands out leaflets outside the High Court in London

Public sector workers picket outside the Royal Infirmary

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Transparency alone isn't enough

Transparency alone isn't enough

by Mark Pack / 30 Nov 2011 09:25

Transparency has failed. That is the lesson from the last decade of political party funding reform.

Encapsulated by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act of 2000, the emphasis – with general cross-party support – has been on making it clear where funding for parties comes from. There has been some tinkering with who is allowed to give money and with how much parties can spend. However, the curbs on foreign

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'I think Ed Miliband is a right-winger basically. I think that’s where he comes from'

'I think Ed Miliband is a right-winger basically. I think that’s where he comes from'

by Amber Elliott / 21 Jul 2011 11:35

This is the full transcript of Amber's interview with Ronnie Campbell on 26 May 2011 for the 'What's left of the Labour left?' article

Where do you put yourself in the Labour spectrum?

Left.

A lot of people don't like the Left/Right definition.

I am proudly left. Always have been. When I started politics, I wasn't left I must admit that. But I think being in the miners' union

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The unions should retire these strikes

The unions should retire these strikes

by Martin Shapland / 01 Jul 2011 14:29

Now I get it, pensions are an important issue. I hope to live long enough to draw one myself, but, I think for the first time this year, I agree with the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, when he says that those strikes were wrong and premature.

The unions have a list of demands that border on unreasonable – as everyone else’s pensionable age approaches 70, they want a freeze on

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Striking a balance

Striking a balance

by Francesca Preece / 08 Jun 2011 09:39

Finally, we have a government that listens to the people. No sooner had I bemoaned Cost-a-Bob Crow’s self-proclaimed ‘right’ to live in a council house at council house prices than the government announced their plan to evict richer tenants, in the hope that they would find something more suitable in their price range and to free up necessary housing for people who a) need it and b) deserve it. 

I’m sure though

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Vince Cable is no Norman Tebbit on trade unions

Vince Cable is no Norman Tebbit on trade unions

by Jerry Hayes / 06 Jun 2011 14:36

Like Norman Tebbit, when Vince Cable enters a room a gothic gloom descends, and when he looks at his audience there is a distinct air of an undertaker measuring up potential clients. And both have a smile like a brass plate on a coffin.

But that is where the similarity ends. Vince Cable is no Norman Tebbit.

The recent history of tackling industrial relations in Britain has been fraught with fear, panic

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Trouble in the air & iPad nauseum

by Francesca Preece / 30 Mar 2011 10:34

There’s trouble in the air. It’s round 373 of the cabin vs. big BAD BA chiefs. Jesus may have to postpone his ascension judging by the new strikes hitting airports near you (except London city of course) around Easter.

BA’s Unite-card carrying cabin crew have announced a new set of strikes in their never-ending squabbles with their airline managers after they voted to carry on their flight fight.

The dispute that has

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