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Youth unemployment tops one million

Youth unemployment tops one million

by Caroline Crampton / 16 Nov 2011 09:53

The latest unemployment figures have been released this morning, and it's not good news.

There were 2.62 million people unemployed people, up 129,000 on the quarter. The rate of unemployment is 8.3%, an increase of 0.4%. This is the highest  unemployment rate since 1996.

In political terms, the really bad news for the coalition comes with the youth unemployment figures. Youth unemployment has increased to over a million, with 1.016m 16-24-year-olds

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Osborne wants hard work not tax cuts

Osborne wants hard work not tax cuts

by George Pascoe-Watson / 03 Oct 2011 13:18

George Osborne warned the Tory faithful hard work not tax cuts will rescue Britain's economy.

The Chancellor left them in no doubt that tax cuts are not an option.

And he made it clear to the world's money markets the UK is sticking fast to its deficit reduction plan.

But he stressed a dose of hard work and determination will get us through the dark years ahead.

Osborne appealed

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Labour waves to middle England

by Gráinne Maguire / 29 Sep 2011 09:31

The late September sun is shining flintily over the conference courtyard and after  Ed’s big speech there is already a feeling of things quietly shutting down.  Yesterday the crowd with tickets for the main hall snaked around the building, while the less fortunate and organised joined me in a half-full conference hall to watch it on a giant screen.

His speech began with a  message from Burman civil rights leader Aung San Suu

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Solving the Middle East crisis with cheesecake

by Gráinne Maguire / 28 Sep 2011 09:30

Day three and conference is beginning to feel like Glastonbury. My guide is battered mess of ringed events I’ve missed,  I keep losing my friends and I’ve started using wet wipes. I’ve still to see any speeches in the main hall, the conference equivalent of the pyramid stage. I had planned on going to see Ed’s big speech today, but it transpires, political events are not like queing for Westlife tickets. You can’t just

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Ed Balls doesn't quite get it right

Ed Balls doesn't quite get it right

by Caroline Crampton / 26 Sep 2011 13:22

We know that Ed Balls is supposed to be Labour's attack dog on the economy. He is a tour de force at the despatch box, railing at George Osborne for his lack of a plan B and never budging an inch on the fact that he believes that coalition's cuts are 'too far, too fast'.

But in his speech today, it was a different Ed Balls who addressed the Labour Party conference in

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Who will suffer in the constituency shake up?

by Richard Roberts / 13 Sep 2011 13:07

The dust is beginning to settle after the scrum caused by MPs in Portcullis House yesterday lunchtime, all desperate to get their hands on a copy of the Boundary Commission’s proposals for changing constituency boundaries in England. While there is still a lengthy consultation process to come, the impact this review is likely to have on the futures of sitting MPs is beginning to become clear. Many in Westminster today still seem to be

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If Ed Balls wants to watch cricket at Lord's, good on him

If Ed Balls wants to watch cricket at Lord's, good on him

by Nik Darlington / 22 Jul 2011 12:55

"He brings to the fierce struggles of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match."

I don’t know who Nye Bevan was referring to back then, but it can safely be said that the sentiment cannot be applied to Ed Balls today. To put it lightly, Labour’s shadow chancellor brings a touch too much enthusiasm to the fierce struggles of politics.

Yet a lazy summer

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Timing of the Balls leak proves it’s a damp squib

Timing of the Balls leak proves it’s a damp squib

by Laurence Durnan / 10 Jun 2011 21:45

“Seemingly Blair and Brown didn't get on. Rumour has it that Brown wanted Blair's job”, deadpanned LabourList editor Mark Ferguson.

Those looking for further evidence that leaked memos from Ed Balls, published by the Telegraph this morning, are insubstantial need not look beyond the issue of timing. Michael White muses thusly:

"Did the Tories find the stuff and

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Ed Balls' piggy doodle

Ed Balls' piggy doodle

by Caroline Crampton / 10 Jun 2011 12:30

Jamie Reed has written an excellent piece for us explaining why the media furore over the leaked Ed Balls memos is just masking the real division in the Labour party. But for those who are interested in the slightly lighter side of this story, the Telegraph have got something for you as well.

The picture above comes some of Balls' handwritten notes, in which he lays out the key players in

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Labour's new divide

Labour's new divide

by Jamie Reed MP / 10 Jun 2011 12:14

Political convention tells us that the public hates divided political parties. It’s true, of course, and the latest media scrimmage around the re-hash of the old Blair-Brown divide through leaked memos should remind us of two things.

First of all, everyone in the country knew of the fissure between Blair and Brown. Attempts to spin this ancient revelation as genuine news at the end of a truly awful week for the government is

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Yvette Cooper on her battle with ME

Yvette Cooper on her battle with ME

by Amber Elliott / 06 Jun 2011 13:22

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days at the Hay Festival this weekend. As well as witnessing a rather dodgy American accent from Richard E Grant and a surprisingly humorous ElBaradei, I also grabbed a ticket for a last-minute appearance from Yvette Cooper.

The shadow home secretary revealed to the audience that, at the age of 24, she had suffered from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). She has rarely talked openly about

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Ed Balls: backbenchers' open goal

Ed Balls: backbenchers' open goal

by Jerry Hayes / 30 May 2011 11:14

If I was an ambitious backencher determined place my perfectly formed bottom onto the fake tan leather of a ministerial Skoda, I would starting asking a whole stream of questions about Ed Balls and Ms Shoesmith.

The key to this little scandal, where a clearly incompetent woman sits on the moral high ground despite her department failing a vulnerable little boy, is in the decision-making process at ministerial level.

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