Category Archives: public services

Speech to Labour Party Conference 2015

I opened the debate on education and children at Labour Party Conference 2015. Here is the speech I gave: Education is the most powerful tool we have to change lives: giving us the skills we need to get good jobs and … Continue reading

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Increasing access to HE – by acting before the age of three

We need a higher education system that is open to all – regardless of where they are born, who their parents are and how wealthy they are. This means increasing social mobility through early intervention. At present, those that access … Continue reading

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Trust the public on public services

A big debate about devolution is brewing. For some, this is about more than empowering town halls or creating new layers of government in our regions. Instead of more politicians, they want to go one step further and devolve power … Continue reading

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Why we need government by the people, for the people

Upon gaining power in 2015, a Labour government would give that power away. This is part of the party’s plan for a people-powered political system. Think Labour’s version of the ‘big society’, but with genuinely empowered citizens and tangible ideas.

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How do we secure a future for young people?

I was recently invited to speak at a UNISON conference and here’s what I said: It is often said that young people are the future. While obviously true, what is missing from the debate is that young people are also … Continue reading

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