Labour Renewal for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – My piece for Progress

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Dear friends, I thought I would share with you an article I wrote for Progress on Labour renewal. You can read the piece below: Labour Renewal for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Just as the Labour movement was born in the giant factories of the Victorian age, so we will be reborn in the giant networks […]

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Red Shift report launch at Labour Conference

Dear friends, Yesterday, Shabana Mahmood MP, Nic Dakin MP, Cllr Caroline Badley and I launched the very first Red Shift report ‘Looking for a New England’ at Labour Party Conference. Here are a few pictures from the launch:     In case you were not able to attend the launch or have not had a […]

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Labour must appeal to older voters to win again

Dear friends, You may have seen my piece in the Telegraph today on why Labour must appeal to older voters in order to win again. You can read it here or below: You can also see some slides on the work here: Older Voters – Infographics.   For years, politicians have sought to be on the right side of […]

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My reply to the ‘Pensioners Manifesto’

Dear Friends,   I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the National Pensioners Convention ‘Pensioners Manifesto’.  I thought that some of you would be interested to see my reply on this issue which also outlines Labour’s policies.       19 November 2014 Dear Constiuent,   Thank you for taking the trouble […]

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November 19th, 2014

My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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Cameron must now end the chaos and confusion and tell older people exactly what is going on

Following on from Iain Duncan Smith’s refusal to guarantee all pensioners will be protected from his bedroom tax,Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne said, “David Cameron’s Government is now in such a mess over his shambolic bedroom tax that he doesn’t seem to know who it will hit. “Ministers once promised to protect […]

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February 17th, 2013

Government need to take action on private pension rip-offs

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “Today’s report from respected industry leaders is fresh evidence for why we need to take action on private pension rip-offs. At the weekend Labour set out a plan for change. We now need a new consensus where savers and good pensions companies come together to make […]

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Time to end private pension rip-offs – Labour call for ‘Pensions people trust’

Labour’s  Shadow Pensions Minister Gregg McClymont and I, are today publishing “Pensions people can trust” as Labour sets out its ambition to end private pension rip offs and create the world’s best private pension system for British pensioners. http://www.labour.org.uk/pensions-people-can-trust The Policy Review document, developed over months of consultation, sets out Labour’s new policy agenda highlighted […]

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July 16th, 2012